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February 20, 2009 at 10:07 AM

Tormey lands in Hawaii

Former UW linebackers coach and recruiting Chris Tormey has become the latest member of Tyrone Willingham’s staff to land a job — and in the much-desired locale of Hawaii.
Here’s a story from today’s Honolulu Advertiser reporting that Tormey will be in charge of special teams and safeties for the University of Hawaii Warriors.
The story notes that Tormey will succeed Ikaika Malloe, who is leaving for Yale. It doesn’t point out that Malloe is a former Husky linebacker/safety and was once coached by Tormey when Tormey was defensive coordinator for the Huskies in the early ’90s. At Yale, Malloe is working for a head coach with UW connections, Tom Williams, who was Washington’s linebackers coach from 1999-2001.
Tormey is now the sixth member of Willingham’s staff known to have found a job elsewhere.
The others are:
Ed Donatell, secondary coach with the Denver Broncos;
Brian White, tight ends coach at Florida;
Charlie Baggett, receivers coach with the Rams;
Tim Lappano, tight ends coach with the Detroit Lions;
— and Randy Hart, widely reported to be named defensive line coach at Notre Dame though it has yet to be announced.
That leaves without reported jobs OL coach Mike Denbrock, RB coach Steve Gervais (rumored maybe taking a local high school job) and secondary coach J.D. Williams.
There’s also Willingham, who hasn’t been rumored involved in any football jobs for a while. Interestingly, UW coach Lorenzo Romar was asked about Willingham on the radio down here in LA yesterday and said he had talked several times with Willingham and that he expects to get back in coaching but nothing has happened yet. As noted here and elsewhere, Willingham has moved back to the Bay Area.
As for Tormey, being at Hawaii means he’ll have a few chances to return home over the next few years. Hawaii will play WSU at Qwest Field on Sept, 12 in Washington State’s annual game in Seattle. Hawaii is also scheduled to play at Washington in 2011 as a return for UW’s game there last season.

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