Statement by UH Manoa Chancellor Hinshaw on Coach June Jones

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Gregg Takayama, (808) 956-9836
Director of Communications
Posted: Jan 7, 2008

"All of us definitely wanted Coach June Jones to continue at UH Mānoa. He has accomplished so very much here in Hawaii, and his 9-year UH coaching record shows that he is truly a transformational leader," said UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw.

"During negotiations with Coach Jones and his agent, the University was able to offer a financially competitive package. In addition, UH gave assurances that non-financial matters of concern would be promptly addressed. In the end, however, Coach Jones informed us that his decision to accept the SMU position was based on his desire to undertake a new challenge and a new beginning at this point in his life.

"So, even though this was not the outcome any of us wanted, we do wish him well in gratitude for all he has contributed to our lives here in Hawaii and beyond - mahalo nui loa to Coach Jones for nine years of dedication as a coach and as a former UH player and student. It is now our responsibility to build on Coach Jones' success that we all have enjoyed on this great ride, particularly this year.

"A search for a new head football coach will begin immediately."