Back in February, Nevada hired former Hawaii offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich to serve as their offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. Even early on, Rolovich says that he and head coach Chris Ault have been able to really hit things off.
“One of the more shocking things about some of my first conversations with Coach Ault was how willing and open he is to change and to improve. A lot of coaches who have been around for a long time seem to be very stubborn with how they do things, and he is very far from that. He wants to improve. He wants a reason for a change, but he’s not afraid to change, and I didn’t expect that.”
Chris Murray of RGJ.com explained in an article over the weekend that everyone stemming from guys that have coached with him to his former players all agree that Rolo has what it takes to be successful.
June Jones said that his former assistant coach is one of those kind of guys that was going to be successful regarless of his career path. "He’s just one of those guys that people rally around. I knew whatever he was going to do he was going to be successful. If he was selling cars, he’d be the best car salesman in the world.”
He will rarely raise his voice during practice, keeps practice fun for the players, and integrates a certain psychological aspect in with his coaching style.
“Kids aren’t doing this because somebody is making them. They want to play, they want to be good and they want to get better. Kids learn different ways. I’m not huge yeller. I like to point out lessons when they’re there, but all these kids here, they want to be here, they want to get better, they want to accomplish something and they want to be great, and that’s what makes it easy.” Rolovich explained.
In quite possibly the most telling of the reviews of Nick Rolovich as a coach, June Jones added, “When players really like each other, they’ll win for you. When it’s fourth-and-one and they really like you, they’ll win for you. But when it’s fourth-and-one and players love you, they’ll die for you. Rolo has that special something where his teammates always loved him and would die for him. It’s the same thing for him as a coach.”