Eric Kadooka steps down, Alaka‘i Aglipay takes over Maryknoll baseball

Eric Kadooka run as Maryknoll coach has closed. Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser

Less than three years into his stint at Maryknoll, Eric Kadooka has stepped down as head baseball coach.

Kadooka confirmed his resignation on Thursday night in a text to Hawaii Prep World.

The school has promoted assistant coach Alaka‘i Aglipay, a former player for Kadooka at Punahou, to interim head coach. Aglipay was an All-State selection by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (utility) his senior year in 2010.

Maryknoll Athletic Director Ben Valle confirmed the news about Aglipay and Kadooka on Thursday night.

“We appreciate Coach Aglipay’s willingness to take on this leadership role and wish Coach Kadooka the best moving forward,” Valle said.

Maryknoll is 4-9 in ILH play with games against Kamehameha and ‘Iolani ahead in regular-season play.

Prior to Maryknoll, Kadooka led Punahou to seven consecutive state titles from 2004-10 with three ILH titles in four years. He also assisted at Kailua before going to Maryknoll, which won Division II state crowns in ’09, ’13, ’14 and ’15 before moving up to D-I.


  1. Alexander St. the Greg April 4, 2019 9:19 pm

    It’s kinda funny that Aglipay coaches Maryknoll baseball and then Punahou football

  2. PCboy4 April 4, 2019 9:58 pm

    AY!! Do work Alaka’i! We got your back man!

  3. spartan fan April 4, 2019 10:29 pm

    FINALLY. No coach should talk or treat the kids the way he did. PILAU!!!

  4. ILH April 5, 2019 9:48 am

    I truly understand that no coach should speak to players in the way Ive witnessed this coach speaking to his players.

    But, even if you use nice words to tell a player he is not good enough to put on a field to win a game, the players and especially the parents wont be happy.

    I think his coaching style was an easier target to blame rather than accepting that your child may have some work to do to prove him wrong.

    Good luck to Alaka’i and the boys for the rest of the season.

  5. Brada man April 5, 2019 10:46 am

    It means that both schools want him he’s that talented. Go Alakaii. Congrats!!!

  6. Ceal Hesia April 5, 2019 10:55 am

    Alakai’i is an awesome young man i know he will do great at any school or schools it’s love he has for the sports and the kids

  7. Spartan Alum April 5, 2019 11:04 am

    Kids are unwilling to work at Maryknoll. Always blaming the coach. Parents are never at fault for your kids being lazy, soft, and unmotivated. The coach isn’t Jesus.

  8. ??? April 5, 2019 4:49 pm

    Coaching has become more of a baby sitting role than a coach, teach, mentor role.
    Kids from Little league, Pop Warner through HS & their parents have Too much say on how their kids should be coached.
    Let the coaches coach, the referees ref & the players play!!

  9. Real Talk April 9, 2019 9:11 am

    Coaching at Maryknoll is always a challenge because kids there think they are a lot better than they actually are. Parents have some part of that to blame because they feel that their kid is an all star and should be starting and if they are not successful on the field, they blame the coach. Maryknoll players are the kids that were on the club championship teams when they were younger but no one really states the fact that the kid(s) were not a big factor on that team and rode the bench. With parents thinking that those starters on the club teams are at different schools, they feel that they’re kid should be playing more and that they are all star players. Coach Kadooka is a realist and if the player isn’t that good, he will let them know it without beating around the bush. It’s not the kids fault they are soft, it’s the parents fault. People say kids have changed but kids haven’t changed. They don’t know anything. The parents are the foundation. Kids will reflect off their parents regardless of what anyone says. This isn’t just at Maryknoll, but many school. Other schools have 20-25 players on their roster. Only half of those players can play. The other half has to understand as well as the parents that there is a reason the kid isn’t starting. If they don’t like it, quit or transfer like everyone else does nowadays instead of working harder. And again, I’m just using Maryknoll as an example.

  10. Spartan Spectator April 28, 2019 11:15 am

    The way he talks to the kids foul language etc, is disrespectful.. There is no excuse for that.. Im surprised Maryknoll took so long.

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