Kamehameha hires coaches in baseball, softball, soccer

Leo Sing Chow led Kamehameha to the state title and was named state player of the year in 2002. She is now the head softball coach. Star-Bulletin photo.

Daryl Kitagawa is the new baseball coach at Kamehameha, the school announced as one of three new hires Wednesday.

Kitagawa takes over for Kahi Kaanoi, who was hired on interim basis in February. Prior to that, Tom Perkins was the Warriors’ baseball coach.

The school also hired Leo Sing Chow for softball and Uri Barron-Silva for boys soccer. Sing Chow, who previously played for the Warriors’ softball program, takes over for James Millwood. Barron-Silva takes over the soccer reins from Jorge Barbosa.

“We welcome Daryl, Leo and Uri to our athletics ohana, and recognize these leaders for bringing a passion for their sport, knowledge and expertise, character and dedication to our school and our student-athletes,” Kamehameha athletic director Glennie Adams said in a news release.

Kitagawa was a member of the Warriors’ state championship baseball squad as a senior in 1987, and he went on to play collegiately for Hawaii Pacific and Long Beach State, where he helped the team reach the 1991 College World Series. He was a Warriors assistant in 2017 and 2018.

As a senior at Kamehameha, Sing Chow led Kamehameha to the 2002 softball state championship, when she was named as the state and ILH player of the year. She also played at Hawaii Hilo. She previously was a head coach at Hilo High and an assistant at Hawaii Hilo and Waianae.

Barron-Silva is also the head coach for the Hawaii State Olympic Development team and the Oahu United Soccer Club. He was a four-year starter at Hilo High from 2003 to 2006 and has been a coach at Kamehameha-Hawaii and an assistant at Campbell and with the Kailua Bulls and the Rush Soccer Club.


  1. ALLILH August 29, 2018 7:32 pm

    aaahhhhh man. Should of hired aannyywwaayyss since he/she knows everything.


  2. John hall August 30, 2018 12:53 am

    Kitagawa wow that guy has no class!

  3. Falcon Future August 30, 2018 9:13 am

    Was James Millwood fired or did he leave on his own? I know some parents on the team wasn’t happy with him, but it is unfortunate that he was coach for 4 years and that happened to be the 4 years that his daughter was a star on the team. I would like to see him stay another couple years to prove what he can do as a coach without his daughter and also to show that he cared about other kids in the sport.

  4. Imua August 30, 2018 11:40 am

    great choice Daryl Kitagawa for head coach, very happy for the program.

  5. Curious August 30, 2018 12:13 pm

    john hall could you elaborate?

  6. phILHarmonic August 30, 2018 12:47 pm

    Yes John, please, elaborate for us.

  7. Good Riddens August 30, 2018 5:06 pm

    @FF He left on his own because what everyone in the program knew is he was only coaching for his daughters. He’s not a good coach. Don’t take my word for it, ask any ILH softball coach. Never played baseball in his life. He recruited heavily on his outside team and never developed players, he recruited them good already. Truth is he should have been fired after his 2nd year. The worst part about him was the disconnect he created with the players. NONE of the them except his daughter wanted to play for him but don’t take my word if you know anyone ask them. Coach Leo has excellent rapport with the girls and should bring back a positive environment to the softball program.

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