After five seasons and state titles in both Division I and Division II, Alika Smith has stepped down as boys basketball coach at Kalaheo.
Smith cited philosophical differences with administration at the school in an interview with Paul Honda for a story running in Tuesday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Smith was hired in the summer of 2010 after going 24-4 in one season with Punahou, leading the Buffanblu to the state semifinals. In his second year at Kahaleo, he led the Mustangs to the Division II state championship. The following year, Kalaheo won the Division I state title with an overtime victory over Maryknoll, ending the ILH’s five-year state championship run.
In 2014-15, Smith again led the Mustangs to the promised land, beating ‘Iolani in the state final for his third overall state title in five seasons. He has been named the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State coach of the year twice.
For more on Smith’s departure with quotes from both him and Kalaheo principal Susan Hummel, here is Honda’s complete story from Tuesday’s newspaper. A subscription is required for reading.