Ryan Hirata has been selected as ‘Iolani School’s new head coach for its boys basketball program.
Hirata moves over to his alma mater from Mid-Pacific, where he coached for the past five seasons and was named the ILH coach of the year once. Prior to calling the shots for the Owls, Hirata was an assistant to ‘Iolani coach Dean Shimamoto, who stepped down on March 1 after four ILH and three state titles in 10 seasons.
“Coaching has been my passion since the day I started back at ‘Iolani in 2007,” Hirata said in a release. “Now, to come back to the school that has helped shape me into the person that I am today is a dream come true. I look forward to carrying on the long-standing tradition of what it means to represent ‘Iolani basketball and be ‘One Team.’”
Hirata won two state titles for ‘Iolani as a player and was All-State second team for both newspapers after his senior season according to a press release. He went on to play at Chaminade, where he has worked in the athletic department since 2009.
Hirata will be the third boys basketball coach at ‘Iolani in the last 30 years. Mark Mugiishi won seven state titles, including five in a row from 2002 to ’06, after he was hired in 1989. He stepped down in 2009 and was replaced by Shimamoto.