Hula Bowl News

Hula Bowl Welcomes New Player Personnel Director

Hula Bowl Welcomes Veteran Football Coach and Recruiter as New Player Personnel Director
Jim Miceli Brings Years of Experience to Hula Bowl Leadership Team  

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sept. 8, 2020 ‒ The Hula Bowl, the premier postseason all-star college football game established in 1946, recently announced the acquisition of legendary coach and recruiter Jim Miceli as the new player personnel director. In this role, Miceli will serve to create connections with passionate players across the country to make the Hula Bowl one of the biggest bowl games nationwide. 

Throughout his decades-long career, Miceli has coached or recruited many notable football players, including Russ Grimm and Dan Marino, who are both recorded in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Mark May, who is in the College Football Hall of Fame. He has worked for numerous higher education institutions, most recently at Rhode Island; at Pittsburgh and Maryland, he was one of the top recruiting coordinators in the country.

“It is both an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Hula Bowl Team. I am looking forward to getting out there and observing some of the country’s best football players and programs,” said Miceli. “I remember when the Hula Bowl was the No. 1 college football all-star game in the nation. I am excited to be a part of bringing the game back.”

This news comes on the heels of the Hula Bowl’s recent announcement to donate $5,000 to military charities at the upcoming 2021 annual game, where all military members and veterans will be given two free tickets to the game, provided that the state of Hawaii deems in-person sporting events safe at that time. 

“It is an exciting endeavor for the Hula Bowl leadership team to have Jim aboard,” said Rich Miano, Executive Director of the Hula Bowl. “His expertise and vast network are invaluable additions to the growing team as we seek to recruit the best players across the nation to put on an unforgettable game for the community.” 

About the Hula Bowl

A post-season college football all-star game founded in 1946, the Hula Bowl attracted nearly 5,000 attendees at its revival game on Jan. 26, 2020, with more than 40 players drafted or invited to NFL training camps. Following this strongly supported return, the game will be featured in January each year on Oahu’s island. This year, the game will again be broadcast live on CBS Sports and will include NCAA college football players from all divisions and international players from Japan, Canada, and Australia. Additionally, the game will consist of Polynesian players with historical ties to the Islands. To learn more, visit