Chris Naeole, a Kahuku High graduate who played 11 NFL seasons, is joining the Warrior staff as an assistant coach.
An opening was created with Tommy Lee's retirement as offensive coordinator in December.
Norm Chow said there will be an "adjustment" to the coaching staff, and assignments on offense still are to be determined.
Chow praised Naeole as the best fit from among 15 finalists who met UH's minimum and desired qualifications. Naeole, a former first-round pick, played five seasons with the New Orleans Saints and another six with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Until suffering a quadriceps injury in the middle of the 2007 season —his last in the NFL — Naeole did not miss a start because of an injury.
Naeole coached the past three seasons at Iolani School.