Larry Park and Alexis Straight are the new Kamehameha boys and girls basketball coaches, the school announced Tuesday.
Park is a former Warriors player. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Hawaii.
Park has been on the Kamehameha staff as a math teacher since 1987 and has more than 20 years of basketball coaching experience at various levels.
“Larry has proven his coaching and teaching ability,” a Kamehameha athletics news release stated. “He has demonstrated his ability to be am influential leader on campus and positive role model for student-athletes as a teacher and a coach in multiple sports. We are excited about the future of the boys program under Coach Park’s leadership. His passion for Kamehameha Schools and the basketball program has given him a vision for building a successful basketball culture at Kamehameha.”
Park takes over for outgoing coach Greg Tacon.
Straight, also known as “Pua,” is a former Kamehameha player and has been part of the basketball program for nine years as a player and coach.
Straight went to Utah State and played four years on a basketball scholarship.
She will be the first female girls basketball coach at the school, where she teaches physical education.
“She has been an influential leader on campus and positive role model for student-athletes,” a Kamehameha athletics news release stated. “She has a clear vision for the girls program and is passionate about building a successful culture. Coach Pua possesses a high level of basketball knowledge and has demonstrated impressive coaching and teaching ability. She genuinely cares about the school and students and is deeply familiar with the players, coaches, and parents. Coach Pua excels in building relationships and is excited for the opportunity to lead and develop the girls basketball program.”
Straight takes over for outgoing coach Joe Cho, who was recently hired as the girls basketball coach at Roosevelt.