Braithwaite leaves HPA soccer in good shape

Hawaii Prep won a share of the 2018 Division I boys soccer state title this year. Its head coach, Rich Braithwaite, is leaving after seven seasons. Photo by Jamm Aquiino/Star-Advertiser.

Coach Richard Braithwaite is moving on. That’s just something he does.

And he is leaving a lasting impact at Hawaii Prep.

Braithwaite led Ka Makani to three straight boys soccer state championships — Division II in 2016 and 2017, and a share of the Division I title with Baldwin in 2018.

“My family and I are moving to Malawi in Africa,” Braithwaite said. “My wife and I are English teachers, and try to be world travelers, using our teaching as a means to seeing the world. We came to Hawaii seven years ago thinking we’d be here a year or two … but fell in love, had 2 kids, and couldn’t leave. Coaching soccer has been such a blessing, too. It’s very hard to let go of something I love so much.”

Hawaii Prep athletic director Steve Perry is in the process of finding a replacement, but Braithwaite is confident that two assistants — Maik Brandt and Dan Wilkinson — will be involved in some way.

“Rich Braithwaite has done an excellent job motivating and challenging our soccer players while heading our boys program for the last six, seven years,” Perry said. “His energy and passion for the game is unmatched and the school will miss his leadership. HPA soccer has consistently been a leader in the BIIF since Frank Lawrence started at HPA back in the 1970s. Rich has continued that direction and helped the school reach new heights in the HHSAA as well.”


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