Saint Louis hires Dan Hale as boys basketball coach

Saint Louis hired former Punahou and Moanalua coach Dan Hale to take over the spot vacated by Sol Batoon. Courtesy Saint Louis School.

Dan Hale is the new boys basketball coach at Saint Louis, replacing Sol Batoon, the school’s athletic department announced Monday.

Hale has been coaching high school basketball for more than 25 years, including at Punahou from 2004 to 2007.

During that time, Hale was the ILH coach of the year (2005) and led the Buffablu to the state Division I title in 2008 and a runner-up finish in 2007. Before that he coached at Moanalua and was named OIA coach of the year in 2003.

He left the islands to be closer to his father, Ralph, in Northern Virginia.

Hale spent the last 10 years at George C. Marshall High School in Park Falls Church, Va. He led the Statesmen to the district championship in 2013 and was named the district coach of the year that same season as well as every year from 2016 through 2019. In addition, he is the all-time winningest basketball coach in the school’s history.

In Batoon’s two seasons at the helm, the Crusaders went 3-17 in league games and 0-2 in playoffs.


  1. The Old Haha Tree April 29, 2019 5:27 pm

    Chee! I coached with Dan! Great hire!

  2. hiusername April 29, 2019 5:38 pm

    hope he does not consider it as temporary, until punahou calls him back.

  3. ScubaSteve808 April 29, 2019 5:52 pm

    WOW! What a great hire for Saint Louis and the Crusader Basketball program… great work STL athletic department! He was won everywhere he has coached… #CrusaderStrong.

  4. Crusader4Life April 29, 2019 9:03 pm

    Sooo stoked!! The athletic department got it right after the embarrassing ‘project with Batoon’. He is the opposite of him, he is a winner and one helluva a coach!! The future looks very bright indeed for Saint Louis!!!! Watch out ILH! HUGE MAHALO to the folks in the athletic office for making this hire! #CrusaderStrong Let’s GOOOooo! 🤙🏼

  5. Hala Pohaku April 30, 2019 7:44 am

    Good Hire. Rumor has it that Matsuda at Punahou will coach 1-2 more years. Then Hale will leave STL for Punahou.

  6. MMurtha April 30, 2019 8:36 am

    I’ve watched him coach the past 10 years here at Marshall High School in Virginia. Great coach, great family. Hate to see him leave, but it’s awesome that he and wife and family are able to return home to Hawaii.

  7. Mr. T May 1, 2019 12:11 pm

    How was he the punahou coach from 2004-2007 and be named OIA coach of the year at Moanalua in 2006? C’mon guy.

  8. Bballfan4life May 1, 2019 1:07 pm

    2004 OIA Coach of the Year
    2005 ILH Coach of the Year
    2013 Liberty District Coach of the Year and Regional Coach of the Year
    2015,16,17,18, & 19 National District Coach of the Year
    2018 Awarded the Sportsmanship Award by the Cardinal Referees Association

  9. Hala Pohaku May 1, 2019 8:55 pm

    Lum was fired in 2000-2001 season
    Tacon coached Punahou from 2001-2006
    Hale coached from 2006-2009
    Smith coached from 2009-2010
    Matsuda coached from 2010 – Present

  10. Hala Pohaku May 1, 2019 8:56 pm

    Matsuda is the longest tenured coach in the history of boys basketball at Punahou.

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