Coach Dick Tomey '60 "Unretires," Now Assistant at U of Hawaii
February 18, 2011
February 18, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — "Dick Tomey unretired from coaching Thursday to help out his home team," reports the Arizona Daily Star. "The 72-year-old coach was named the University of Hawaii's special teams coach, bringing 40 years of experience to coach Greg McMackin's staff." A 1960 graduate of DePauw University, "Tomey served as Hawaii's head coach from 1977 to 1986 before being hired by Arizona, where he stayed until 2000," writes Ryan Finley. Tomey finished his career his career leading San Diego State's football program.
Saying he's "thrilled" by the opportunity, Tomey adds, "I've admired the players and the coaches and what they accomplished last year. I'm excited to get the chance to help this team, but with that said, I have a lot to learn. I know a lot of the coaches and players, but you need to have conversations with the guys to get to know them better. I have a lot of players' names to learn, what they do and how they do it. But I'm excited and I can't wait."
Tomey's brief retirement began at the end of the 2009 season.
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Besides his three college head coaching jobs, Tomey was an assistant coach at Texas (2004), UCLA (1971-76), Kansas (1967-1970), Davidson (1965-66) and Northern Illinois (1964). He began his coaching career in 1962 as a graduate assistant at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Tomey also worked as a National Football League assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. In 1994, Tomey was inducted into the DePauw University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Learn more about the coach in this previous story.Back