Dean Yonamine is moving to the softball head coaching ranks, and Kurt Miyahira is moving on up.
Yonamine, the former highly successful baseball coach at ‘Iolani, is the new softball head coach, Raiders athletic director Wendell Look told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep World on Tuesday night.
Miyahira, most recently the JV head coach at ‘Iolani and a former Mililani assistant under Mark Hirayama, is the new Raiders baseball head coach, Look said.
“I’m honored and excited to continue the rich tradition of ‘Iolani baseball,” said Miyahira, who played high school baseball at Mililani. “I’ve really enjoyed my first two years with the program and look forward to the future. We have a great crop of kids and I’ve always admired ‘Iolani players. They play the right way.”
Yonamine coached ‘Iolani’s baseball team for 13 seasons, from 1997 through 2009, winning state titles in ’97 and ’98 and Interscholastic League of Honolulu championship in 1997 and 2009. He has been a Raiders softball assistant in recent seasons.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to continue the good things that have already been established with the program,” Yonamine, who is a longtime sixth-grade teacher at ‘Iolani. “I’m also looking forward to coaching these girls, many of whom I’ve already worked with as students.”
Yonamine was the starting catcher on ‘Iolani’s baseball state championship team in 1983 and also won two ILH titles (1982 and ’83) while playing for the Raiders.
Yonamine takes over the post vacated by Corey Okamura, and Miyahira replaces Brent Shimokawa.
Trusted sources close to the ‘Iolani baseball program told the Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep World that former Punahou head coach Eric Kadooka, who won seven straight state titles with the Buffanblu, and former UH assistant coach Keith Komeiji, who went to two regionals in nine years with the Rainbow Warriors, were among those who applied for the baseball job.