Graham was born in Mesquite, Texas and comes to UH Mānoa with 12 years of head coaching experience, starting with Rice (2006), Tulsa (2007-10), Pittsburgh (2011), and ASU (2012-17).
The former Arizona State head coach led the Sun Devils to five bowl appearances in six years. He has an overall head coaching record of 95-61.
Throughout his 12 years, 10 of his teams appeared in bowl games; four won conference divisional titles; and three finished the season nationally ranked. He earned two conference coach of the year awards with Rice (2006) and ASU (2013).
In 2010, his team from Tulsa defeated Hawaiʻi 62-35 in the Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl.
Graham succeeds Nick Rolovich who left to lead Washington State University after four years of coaching his alma mater.