Nolan Tokuda was a huge part of the Leilehua football renaissance in the early part of the 2000s, and now he is the school’s athletic director.
As the football coach, Tokuda brought the Mules to the Division I state championship game in 2004. 2007 and 2008, and that included a 20-16 victory over Saint Louis for the ’07 title. That same year, Leilehua won the OIA championship.
Since then, the Mules have been a tough competitor in the OIA and state ranks.
Tokuda took over for outgoing athletic director James Toyota on July 1. Mark Kurisu has a few months under his belt as the head football coach in place of Tokuda.
“I love my dream job,” Tokuda texted Hawaii Prep World Friday night. “The greatest part of it, we have great coaches who love the kids, know the sports that they are teaching and they know how to teach. They are all committed to going the extra mile for our student-athletes in life first, school second then sports is last. That is the priority in that order. In addition, we have tremendous support from our principal Jason Nakamoto and the entire administrative staff as well as assistant athletic director Nate Higa. Nate has been instrumental in helping me adjust in my new role and makig some great suggestions to improve our program. And last but not least, I am being mentored by (former) longtime athletic director Richard Townsend. Learning from one of the best has humbled me and I feel so blessed.”