Arizona Wildcats fans are well aware of how much Dick Tomey meant to the football program, both for his accomplishments on the field and his impact on the countless players who he coached during his 14 years at the school.
That adoration is just as strong from the football community at Hawaii, where Tomey coached from 1977-86 before coming to Tucson. Maybe even more so, based on the testimonials of some former players that Hawaii compiled in a tribute video:
The Aloha Spirit will always live with coach Dick Tomey's legacy. He's won many games during his time on the sidelines but his impact on the hundreds of young men can never be measured. Former players share memories of Coach. Join us at Sat.'s game as we honor Coach. #HawaiiFB pic.twitter.com/VHRT21iJ1q— Hawaii Football (@HawaiiFootball) August 22, 2019
Tomey passed away in May from lung cancer, and since then Arizona has named the outdoor field at the Cole and Jeanie Davis Sports Center in his honor while also including a sticker on their helmets. It’s unclear if Hawaii has any other plans to honor Tomey when the Warriors and Wildcats play on Saturday night in Honolulu, but if it’s anything like that video there’s going to be some damp eyes in the crowd at Aloha Stadium.