Saint Louis’ Lee unsure if he’ll coach next year

Saint Louis coach Cal Lee has won two state titles, 14 Prep Bowls and 263 games. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Saint Louis coach Cal Lee has won two state titles, 14 Prep Bowls and 263 games. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

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.

COMMENTS

  1. Pick Six November 23, 2016 4:02 pm

    Hey Admin could you put on blast again the users with multiple screen names from same I.P. addresses, Mahalo!


  2. mokihana November 23, 2016 5:16 pm

    Why wasn’t he coach of the year? He just needs to keep going.


  3. Simple Simon November 23, 2016 6:02 pm

    It all makes sense now. Tata fixed the game. Lee retires. Tata goes to St Louis next year. Clear as day now.


  4. TheHeartlessPrick November 23, 2016 6:22 pm

    Pick Six November 23, 2016 at 4:02 pm
    Hey Admin could you put on blast again the users with multiple screen names from same I.P. addresses, Mahalo!

    __________

    What does this comment have to do with this article?


  5. TheHeartlessPrick November 23, 2016 6:42 pm

    Simple Simon November 23, 2016 at 6:02 pm
    It all makes sense now. Tata fixed the game. Lee retires. Tata goes to St Louis next year. Clear as day now.

    ___________________

    Please explain & convince us all that this game was fixed. I thought not being able to do the pregame Haka or the refs “fixing the game” was a reach. I gotta hear how Tata fixed the game to add to the list of RR excuses.


  6. DOMEZ November 23, 2016 6:54 pm

    What a deek, don’t let me catch you a the surfer bar, you going get one bottle ova your head you mata Tata, and Lee you really suck, you and deek head fixed the game. You two must be lovers, it’s all clear now !!!!


  7. Jeezy33 November 23, 2016 7:30 pm

    Simple Simon November 23, 2016 at 6:02 pm
    It all makes sense now. Tata fixed the game. Lee retires. Tata goes to St Louis next year. Clear as day now.

    You’re an idiot.


  8. Pick Six November 23, 2016 8:34 pm

    TheHeartlessPrick November 23, 2016 at 6:22 pm
    Pick Six November 23, 2016 at 4:02 pm
    Hey Admin could you put on blast again the users with multiple screen names from same I.P. addresses, Mahalo!

    __________

    What does this comment have to do with this article?

    ——————

    Don’t see you asking that question when Education First is always off base bringing up test scores in this same forum but my post you respond to….hmmmmm…..


  9. Mason November 23, 2016 9:02 pm

    Tata is not coming to STL, if Cal Leaves Tupu is taking over.


  10. TheHeartlessPrick November 23, 2016 9:12 pm

    Pick Six November 23, 2016 at 8:34 pm
    Don’t see you asking that question when Education First is always off base bringing up test scores in this same forum but my post you respond to….hmmmmm…..
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    Education First states arguments with facts about subjects pertaining to the article or of the article. Unlike you, you are just asking the admin to verify screen names after you just changed your screen name. What does asking about screen names have anything to do with this article or high school sports?Hmmmmmmmmmm, NOTHING!


  11. Horse cruelty November 23, 2016 11:05 pm

    @domez no make like u getting bottles at the surfer bar u losah! Who think u mike mihske from the modern hahahha fukn clown


  12. TheHeartlessPrick November 23, 2016 11:37 pm

    Horse cruelty November 23, 2016 at 11:05 pm
    @domez no make like u getting bottles at the surfer bar u losah! Who think u mike mihske from the modern hahahha fukn clown
    ———————————
    Surf Bar is the grazing grounds for the pride of North Shore. All the alumni flock there & become analysts of the championship game than do the full reenactment of the play by play. Then as they start getting drunk they start talking about their high school.days where they used to get pounded by St Louis & Dougie Simones couldn’t buy a championship. And while all.the “Chee Huu’s” start coming out they start singing their Alma Mater being led by their own Kahuku Alumni playing live cover songs all night. Than hemo da shirt & start scrapping tourist than eachother in the parking lot.
    Great things to look.forward to on the North Shore.


  13. TheHeartlessPrick November 23, 2016 11:47 pm

    Mason November 23, 2016 at 9:02 pm
    Tata is not coming to STL, if Cal Leaves Tupu is taking over.
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    Let’s all pray that it won’t happen in that sequence.


  14. Horse cruelty November 24, 2016 12:06 am

    U know why kahuku lost? Because the samoan stuntman never dress up this year! Have some pride stuntman the nation needed you! Hahahaha


  15. Horse cruelty November 24, 2016 12:09 am

    The stuntman acting like hes one red raider for life but couldnt even turn into character right when the nation needed you. What a shame lol i thought for sure the stuntman would lead the charge in that lame haka


  16. TheHeartlessPrick November 24, 2016 12:22 am

    Horse cruelty November 24, 2016 at 12:09 am
    The stuntman acting like hes one red raider for life but couldnt even turn into character right when the nation needed you. What a shame lol i thought for sure the stuntman would lead the charge in that lame haka

    Horse cruelty November 24, 2016 at 12:06 am
    U know why kahuku lost? Because the samoan stuntman never dress up this year! Have some pride stuntman the nation needed you! Hahahaha
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    Kahuku was missing The Rock’s inspiration motivational message about the “Aiga”. And the Kahuku Mascot, “The Samoan Stuntman” dressed up with the rope around the Crusader’s neck. I wonder what happened maybe he didn’t set his calendar for Halloween being on November 19th this year. But if he wasn’t dressed up he guaranteed took couple cycles & cracked the iron for “Game day” Instagram & Facebook live vids. Than top it off with the mirror flexing, tongue out dancing the Siva. That’s probably why the RR Fans turned on their lights after 3rd qtr. To give him some flash for his 4th qtr selfies


  17. Alpha November 24, 2016 7:47 am

    I don’t know about the Samoan Stuntman’s siva but the Tuaman siva was just as good. . . Cheeehuuuu. . .
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BNBmrF3AEM7/

    Don’t matter what school, the culture stay strong. . .


  18. Jeezy33 November 24, 2016 8:03 am

    “Pick Six November 23, 2016 at 8:34 pm
    TheHeartlessPrick November 23, 2016 at 6:22 pm
    Pick Six November 23, 2016 at 4:02 pm
    Hey Admin could you put on blast again the users with multiple screen names from same I.P. addresses, Mahalo!

    __________

    What does this comment have to do with this article?

    ——————

    Don’t see you asking that question when Education First is always off base bringing up test scores in this same forum but my post you respond to….hmmmmm…..”

    Pick Six, you are also an idiot, like Simpleton Simon. Trying to play internet detective and can’t understand that multiple people can disagree with the troll kahuku fans. They’re obviously different people. Even their writing styles and what they write about are different.

    But by all means, if you want to play sherlock holmes and make like you know what you’re talking about, then go ahead.


  19. Manley November 24, 2016 8:45 am

    Lee Brothers article and an insecure troll is going off. Grear run for the Lee brothers. The love for Hawaii HS football is a mix of ALL citizens coming together. Lee’s graduating from public school and coaching Private and Tata graduating from Private and coaching Public. So many fine examples of coaches putting positive vibes in all HAWAII players in all sports. Happy Thanksgiving All.


  20. ??? November 24, 2016 9:01 am

    It doesn’t matter who takes over; STL will go downhill again just like when Lee left the first time. Money & boosters will be a big issue again and STL will fall in to more debt.


  21. RidgeRunnerE-5 November 24, 2016 9:59 am

    Saint Louis should be fine. If they can still manage to take the cream-of-the-crop players away from the OIA, I don’t see why they wouldn’t be a top contender for the state title in the coming years.


  22. TheHeartlessPrick November 24, 2016 10:45 am

    Alpha November 24, 2016 at 7:47 am
    I don’t know about the Samoan Stuntman’s siva but the Tuaman siva was just as good. . . Cheeehuuuu. . .
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BNBmrF3AEM7/

    Don’t matter what school, the culture stay strong. . .
    ———————
    Samoan Stuntman gotta take notes


  23. TheHeartlessPrick November 24, 2016 1:12 pm

    Horse cruelty November 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm
    horse cruelty go suck on it you fukn scrub.@domez
    Thats the best u got?? Do me a favor u turd let the big boys talk on this forum. Tired of torching little kids from the hukilau cafe. U should be happy for scrubs if not youd be cleaning PCC’s toilets with your tongue u faka.
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    Special Holiday today, all the RR natives are suckin em up at Kekelas, Kaaawa & Punaluu Beach Park.


  24. 101 November 24, 2016 10:17 pm

    All of u North Shore boys just be satisified with John John winning the world title this year cause he’s the man…..he carry’s himself with pride and dignity. Next year is another year and y’all better pray Maiava stays loyal to his hometown. Otherwise………


  25. DaKine November 24, 2016 10:58 pm

    Tupu & Tufaga is the reason the talent is at STL. If Lee leaves one of those 2 will be the best replacement. Tata can stay in Kahuku,!


  26. Alpha November 25, 2016 7:04 am

    Not related to this article: @hpw. . . Can anyone of you report on the Jr. Prep Classic 2. IMO it’s the better of the 2 all star games happening in January. The rosters have been set (not adding kids last minute). Not only seniors playing ie: Taulia Tagovailoa, Rico Rosario etc. . . Along with our top seniors from the P.H.O.F game. Pretty much the best H.S football players Hawaii can put together to split in to 2teams coached by Vavae Tata and Darren Hernandez against American Samoa all star and NorCal all star. Najee Harris (Nations #1 recruit is committed to play in this game). HPW reported alot on the P.H.O.F game which is also good, but the JPS classic 2 IMO will field a really talented squad from Hawaii against some physical and talented competition. Last yrs game also incorporated instant replay challenge and it worked very well.

    Jr Prep Sports California’s Photos
    https://m.facebook.com/JrPrepSportsCalifornia/photos/pb.1633586530187917.-2207520000.1475515141./1783209018559000


  27. BOOMSKI November 25, 2016 2:28 pm

    Just food for thought, if the Lee’s retire. St Louis should hire June Jones


  28. OGRRFL November 26, 2016 11:06 pm

    I hope Tupu and Tufaga take over, then Kamehameha get chance! They don’t even come close to the knowledge Tata has! Congrats tho to the Saints and Tua man, you’ve earned the right to talk smack all year, it’s just part of the adult hype and pride for their Alma mater. One thing is for sure , win or lose the Red Raider Nation stayed to the end and supported our boys. So talk all the crap you want. We still win, even in Defeat ! We love Tata and his staff, they will only get better! And if he decides to leave Kahuku, nothing but best wishes and good luck. RRFL!


  29. Education First November 28, 2016 8:11 am

    Tata is looking to get back into coaching college. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is gone within 1-2 more year if not less.


  30. TheHeartlessPrick November 28, 2016 10:45 am

    Education First November 28, 2016 at 8:11 am
    Tata is looking to get back into coaching college. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is gone within 1-2 more year if not less.

    Tata wants to be a DC at a college school. If Alualu is the HC at St. Louis I think you’ll see some familiar faces from the Mililani staff joining the crew. Will it be for the better? NO!


  31. ilh November 28, 2016 12:30 pm

    Crusaders the best in 2016-2017 Football, just plain and simple.


  32. rrfl November 28, 2016 2:12 pm

    @ILH, yes you are right. st. louis is the best team in 2016 – 17 season. Next year will be a different story so enjoy your winning season like we did last year, you guys deserve it.


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