Maui hires Figueroa as football coach

Rodney Figueroa is the new football coach at Maui High, Sabers athletic director Michael Ban announced Thursday.

“Figueroa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Sabers football program,” Ban said in a news release. “He is eager to meet the incoming players and start planning for the upcoming season. He is an outstanding member of our community who will help build a successful football program. We are very impressed by his philosophy on football and his desire to help our student-athletes to be successful on and off the field.”

Figueroa replaces Keith Shirota, who stepped down recently. Shirota was the Sabers’ head man for two years. According to the Maui News, he left the position over a disagreement regarding safety equipment. The school did not provide guardian caps (a new safety feature that attaches to helmets that some colleges use) and Ban wanted them, the newspaper reported.

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