1974 Rainbows
(Authentic Reproduction)




Perhaps the introduction of the school's status as a NCAA Division 1 member and an offense called "The Hula-T" should have marked new coach Larry Price as a personality who was almost as big as the Islands. He was also dedicated to highlighting the pride of local culture. With renewed financial support and encouragement from the Governor’s office, the football team’s name was altered to the Rainbow Warriors and Price was ready to carry that moniker into battle. Well-known as a former Roosevelt High School grid star, Price played at Hawaii for a year before joining the Army and becoming an outstanding player for the All Army Team. Multi-talented and multi-faceted, the big man showed quickness, toughness, and artistic skill as the All Army Judo Champion, a member of the All Army Volleyball Team, and as the winner of the All Army Talent Contest, playing the classic Islands' ukulele. Price returned to UH after leaving the military in '62 and starred as a tackle and three-year captain of the Rainbows squad. A member of the University's All Time football team, Price served as an assistant before heeding the call of the LA Rams in 1967. He returned to his alma mater as offensive coordinator and then served as defensive coordinator for six seasons under Head Coach Dave Holmes. Supplementing his football work, he also performed admirably as the UH Volleyball coach. A natural to bring the bickering factions of the football team together, Price was elevated to the head coaching position as spring football practice was ending and had to scurry to complete his staff by early July. Two members of his original staff, George Lumpkin, a former UH DB, and defensive line coach and Islands high school coaching icon Charlie Kaaihue would serve the University for many years. Another addition was "strength advisor" Bill Starr, a former top rated Olympic weightlifter who had been an assistant coach on the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team. Having an organized weight training program, one of the first in collegiate football, made a significant difference for a number of players who would eventually go on to pro football tryouts or careers. New uniforms accompanied the new regime, with an emphasis on Hawaiian culture. The helmet featured a logo on each side that depicted “Kupua,” a Menehune, one of the sacred, mythical people from Hawaiian folklore, known as “industrious master builders” possessing great strength, that were dwarfs in size. The helmet decal, posted on both sides of the white shell, was completed by a rainbow, elongated by the Menehune’s spear point. Price introduced the Hula-T Offense which focused upon roll-out passing and multiple backfield shifts but the team needed major rebuilding and the drop-off to 6-5 could have been expected. QB Alex Katoi did well and engineered the 15-13 opening day upset of BYU. He ranked in the nation's top twenty in passing and had good back-up play from June Jones who had transferred from Oregon and left a year later to finish at Portland State. Jones played for the Falcons for four seasons but was better known for going on to a long NFL coaching career including head coaching positions with the Falcons and Chargers before becoming the head coach at Hawaii from 1999 through 2007, a period of great success and national recognition. TB Regis Grice returned as the leading rusher with adequate help from Michigan State transfer and Island native Arnold Morgado (460 yards rushing), recognized as one of the greatest schoolboy backs in Island history. OG Charlie Aiu and soph Dan Audick led the line push up front. DE John Woodcock, had been an Honorable Mention All American nose guard at New Mexico in '73, had transferred to Ohlone (CA) Junior College for the spring semester and then to Hawaii for the fall under the rules governing the Hawaii athletic program. These rules would change with the program’s ascension to a full time university level football schedule for '74, but he was immediately eligible. Woodcock took advantage of this and was in on 126 tackles, again being named Honorable Mention All American. He shared D-Line duties with Cliff Laboy, who garnered the same honors and was one of the players who had packed on significant muscular bodyweight under Starr's tutelage. Linebacking play was better than expected with Bill Letz and Don Herrold on the field. Herrold, called "one of the team's hardest hitters" had been moved from DB to LB despite weighing but 207 pounds. Hal Stringent moved on to a six year presence at DB for the Chargers. Playing home games at venerated Honolulu Stadium since 1926, the ‘Bows would be moving into a new home for the 1975 season.

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