By Stephen Tsai
The Rainbow Warriors yesterday hired Kurt Gouveia to coach outside linebackers and promoted Jordan Wynn from graduate assistant to quarterbacks coach with play-calling responsibilities.
Wynn's duties will be similar to the ones he performed when, in essence, he filled the spot vacated when Aaron Price was fired as offensive coordinator two days before the start of training camp. Despite his youth — he is he same age as former UH quarterback Sean Schroeder — Wynn is a quarterback savant who worked well the quarterbacks and, in partnership with head coach Norm Chow, boosted the offense in the second half of the season. Chow and Wynn crafted the game plans and, during games, Chow would suggest certain ways to attack different situations. For instance, Chow might say to call a pass if the Warriors were to be in a certain down-and-distance situation. When that would happen, Wynn would call a specific play. That's how "Hoosier" — wildcat Joey Iosefa's jump pass for a touchdown — was set up. Wynn's role was expanded during the 2013 season, from calling plays in scrimmages to being the primary play-caller in games.
Gouveia's biography is a story of perseverance. Gouveia described himself as a "kid from Waianae who worked his way up, who made it through high school, who made it through college, and then on to the NFL. I'm sure that's the dream and inspiration for a lot of young. Hopefully, I can bring that experience to them."
As a Waianae High senior, Gouveia was the OIA West's player of the year as a quarterback and the state's defensive player of the year as a safety. Deemed to slow to play safety for UH, he accepted his only scholarship offer — from Brigham Young.
"Coach Chow actually was the guy who recruited me to go to Brigham Young," Gouveia said of his decision to apply for the UH job. "He knew my family. He knew about my high school days, and what I had done. There's a lot of history between us."
Chow had pared the list of applicants to four finalists. He had face-to-face meetings with each. Chow recommended Gouveia to athletic director Ben Jay. After a thorough background check, Jay made the offer to Gouveia, who accepted.
Gouveia won the Oahu Prep Bowl co-championship as a Waianae junior in 1980, a national championship as linebacker with BYU in 1984, and two Super Bowls with the Washington Redskins. He played 13 seasons in the NFL. Most recently, he coached in the United Football League. Two weeks ago, he was part of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame's inaugural class.
"I was fortunate, I was blessed," Gouveia said. "I had the great support of my family and my coaches. Everybody had something to do with me being successful in all phases and all levels of the game. You never forget your roots. You never forget where you come from."
Of his coaching approach, he said: "There's always somewhere, sometime, to learn new things. I love to learn something new every day. If you're not humble, if you're not open to new things, you'll never never learn something new. You'll always be the same. You'll never grow."
He added: "I'm totally excited about the whole opportunity to go back to Hawaii and coach with (Chow), and be a part of his staff, and whatever I can do to help the program. I'm all about that. … I can bring experience in how to play football and how to get ready to succeed in that type of environment."
Gouveia will coach the outside linebackers. Defensive coordinator Kevin Clune will work with the inside linebackers.
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If you have some free time and want to help a good cause, go to Aloha Stadium this afternoon/evening.
Kokua for Corie Kaimikaua (aka Lapenia/Soto) Fundraiser is at the ‘Ewa Concession Lanai from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will be:
> Non-stop entertainment
> Heavy pupus and refreshments
> Silent auction
> Vendor participation
The $30 donation will be used to help Corie in her fight against a medical situation.
(Many of you met Corie at our second anniversary blog party.)
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