UH Football Coach Norm Chow Releases His Salary

University of Hawaii Athletics

After controversy over the University of Hawaii’s decision to keep new football coach Norm Chow’s exact salary a secret, Chow himself has gone public with the information: It’s $550,000.

"Coach Chow appreciates the University maintaining his personal privacy and the general public’s understanding, but he does not want the curiosity of a few to detract from the reasons he chose to return home," UH Athletics spokesman Derek Inouchi said in an email. "Coach Chow has therefore decided to disclose that the exact amount of his salary under his current employment agreement with the University of Hawaii is $550,000 annually."

The university released Chow's contract last week, but redacted his exact salary, breaking its practice of releasing exact compensation for UH's last two football coaches. Instead, the university provided Chow's salary range: $392,142 to $935,544. UH officials said state law allowed for "a right to personal privacy" as to his exact compensation.

But that's inaccurate. State law does not mention privacy reasons, but allows for a range to be released when an employee is a member of a union. Chow is part of the Hawaii Government Employees Association's Bargaining Unit 8.

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