Where Are They Now? Gary Rosolowich

Gary Rosolowich is one of the most-loved former Bronco players. He played the game with intense passion and great heart. He is now trying to instill those save values in young men as a coach in Hawai'i.

After graduation from high school, Gary Rosolowich had to choose between football and hockey.  His native Winnipeg is recognized as a gateway to the National Hockey League.  "I knew that college would give me an education, so I chose football," Gary said.  Rosolowich earned a scholarship to Boise State .

Rosolowich played at Boise State for some of the top teams in school history.  They were the only Broncos to win three consecutive conference championships until 2004.  Rosolowich helped Boise State to a 10-3 record (6-0 in the Big Sky) in 1973, 10-2 and 6-0 in 1974 and 9-2-1 and 5-0-1 in 1975.  Boise State reached the national semifinals in Division II in 1973 and made the quarterfinals in both 1974 and 1975.   "Rosol" and the Bronco defense allowed just a paltry 87 completions for the entire season in 1975.

Rosolowich was an All-Big Sky and Honorable Mention All-American in both 1975 and 1976.  He is tied for ninth in school history with six interceptions in 1975 and he is tied for 11th for career interceptions with 11.  He is #3 all-time in kickoff returns at Boise State with a 25.3 average (58-1,465).   Rosolowich has the seventh longest kickoff return in school history (93 yards for a touchdown) against Nevada in 1976 and the ninth longest (90 for a TD vs. Cal Poly-SLO) in 1975.  He ranks fourth in school history with 58 career kickoff returns and sixth for most kickoff returns in a season with 25 in 1975.Gary is also #10 with 29 punt returns in 1976. 

After his All-American performance at Boise State , Rosolowich was signed by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.  Rosolowich played five seasons for Winnipeg .  In 1977, he had 60 punt returns for 590 yards (9.8 average) and 13 kickoff returns for 286 yards (22.0) and also was credited with a fumble recovery on defense.  The following year, he played extensively in the Bombers' secondary and was seventh in the CFL with five interceptions for 74 yards and had one fumble recovery.  He also had 22 punt returns for 140 yards (6.4).  In 1979, Rosolowich had two interceptions, one fumble recovery for 13 yards and 19 punt returns for 52 yards.  In 1980, he had four interceptions and one fumble recovery.   

Rosolowich coached in Canadian junior football from 1982-1984 following his five years in the CFL.

Gary and his family moved to Hawai'i in 1986 and Gary worked as an independent Microsoft implementation project manager.   They have lived in Hawai'i for 23 years, including 19 in Kailua .  He and his wife Darlene have seven children between them. 

In 2004, 20 years after his last coaching experience in Canada , Gary applied for and was named head coach of Kailua High School .  Darlene serves as administrative assistant for the program and had been encouraging Gary to get back into coaching.  Athletic Director Mel Imai said "Besides his pro football experience, we were impressed with the manner in which he goes about things, his organizational and managerial skills."    

Rosolowich and Kailua have had a tough time.  The "Surfriders" went 4-6-1 in Gary's initial season, when his son Sean Forges played for him, then 3-6 in 2005, 4-5 in '06, 3-6 and 2-7 last year. 

Gary has been successful at every endeavor he's attempted and given his past history, it is reasonable to believe he will turn his team's fortunes around. 


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