Graham resigns as Hawaii football mentor amid controversy

HONOLULU (AP) — Todd Graham resigned as the University of Hawaii’s soccer coach Friday, stepping down amid controversy following finishing the next-yr of a 5-yr deal.

Graham resigned a week soon after former gamers and some mothers and fathers testified before a condition legislative listening to, criticizing the coach’s management fashion and associations with players. Far more than a dozen gamers have entered the transfer portal.

“After substantially prayer and reflection with my relatives, I have occur to the conclusion that I will action away as head mentor of the Rainbow Warriors, with a extremely hefty heart,” Graham mentioned in a statement launched by the college. “I want to give my thanks and appreciation to the gamers, staff members and coaches who persevered as a result of all the troubles of 2020 and 2021. It wasn’t simple, but they all fought the excellent combat and we did issues the proper way.

“Our workers poured our hearts and souls into our gamers and definitely made a variance in their life. I could not have requested additional of their dedication, do the job ethic and love for our gamers and soccer application. But it is clear to me that I must move away and do what is greatest for me and my relatives and my well being. I honor, worth and like all of my players and coaches and I desire you the really ideal. The College has not requested me to move down. I am leaving only for my household and my well being. We have laid a sturdy basis for upcoming success, and I will usually be cheering you on!”

The 57-year-outdated Graham led Hawaii to a 6-7 in general history this season and 4-7 mark in the Mountain West immediately after going 5-4 general and 4-4 in the convention in his very first year. He earlier was a head coach at Tulsa, Pittsburgh and Arizona State.

“Todd informed me of his final decision to resign,” athletic director David Matlin stated in a assertion. “We liked numerous successes underneath his management even as he confronted pandemic problems, the withdrawal of Aloha Stadium, and the prohibition of any lovers for almost all his time with us.

“Todd’s tireless attempts as a mentor have manufactured a favourable effect on several scholar-athletes. We have talked at length, and it is very clear he has taken this action so that the soccer system can thrive going ahead.”

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