Farrington boys basketball coach Steven Leopoldo remains sidelined, temporarily removed as head coach as the school administration investigates complaints filed by parents, according to two parents who did not want to be identified.
Leopoldo was contacted by the Star-Advertiser, but declined to comment. Farrington athletic director Harold Tanaka and principal Alfred Carganilla did not respond immediately to requests for comment.
Leopoldo’s squad had just lost its first game, at Kaiser, in the Oahu Interscholastic Association East season after seven wins before he was suspended. The Governors then lost to Roosevelt in a road game without their head coach before defeating Castle on Tuesday on senior night.
Farrington plays at Kalani tonight in a regular-season finale. It is unclear if Leopoldo will return to the bench.
Leopoldo’s son, JV head coach Bryson Tatupu-Leopoldo, is the interim head coach.
Leopoldo, a longtime coach in the boys and girls programs after a storied career as a player for Farrington, took over the boys varsity position in 2015 after Allan Silva stepped down.
The Governors are 13-8 overall, 8-2 in league play and were ranked as high as No. 5 in the Star-Advertiser Top 10. The senior-heavy lineup is led by Raefe McEnroe (15 points per game in OIA East play) and Aaron Bagaoisan (11 ppg). The Governors have clinched the top seed from the East for the upcoming OIA D-II playoffs.
OIA East win-loss records under Leopoldo:
2019 — 8-2 (with one game remaining)
2018 — 3-7
2017 — 5-6
2016 — 4-7