Days after winning his second state football title and first in his third stint as Saint Louis coach, Cal Lee told the Star-Advertiser’s Dave Reardon he “really doesn’t know” if he’ll return for a 25th season in 2017.
Reardon’s full column on the Lee brothers that ran in Wednesday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser can be viewed here.
Lee, Hawaii’s all-time winningest head football coach in high school, is 263-39-5 in 24 seasons for an .865 winning percentage.
He won 13 Preps Bowls in a row from 1986 to ’98 and then won the inaugural Division I state football title in 1999 with a 19-0 shutout of Kahuku. His QB in that game, Timmy Chang, became the first quarterback in Hawaii to throw for more than 8,000 yards in a career that night.
That record lasted 17 years until last Saturday at Aloha Stadium, when Lee won the inaugural Open Division state football title with senior Tua Tagovailoa leading the way. Tagovailoa broke Chang’s passing record to help Saint Louis win the fourth state title in school history.
In his three years since taking over the program again to start the 2014 season, Lee has guided the Crusaders to the state final twice and gone 25-4 since losing the first three games — Mililani, St. John Bosco (Calif.) and Punahou — of his return.
Saint Louis expects to return eight starters on defense, including its entire defensive line, but only four on offense. Key players lost in addition to Tagovailoa are LB Isaac Slade-Matautia, OL Michael Minihan, DB Rick Sandry and DB Jalen Saole.