Kamehameha lets go of baseball coaches

Kamehameha celebrated after Kalamaku Kuewa (21) scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Saint Louis in a game last year. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

Kamehameha has let go of all of its coaches on the varsity and junior varsity baseball teams, Hawaii Prep World has learned.

The move comes with preseason tournaments beginning next month for the varsity team, which had planned a trip to California. That trip will no longer be made.

Thomas Perkins, who was hired in January 2015 to replace Billy Pieper, led the Warriors to two state tournament appearances in three years. Kamehameha advanced to the state semifinals a year ago before losing to Waiakea.

This will be the fourth varsity coach at Kamehameha since 2013, when Vern Ramie completed his final season after 22 years as the head coach.

Associate athletic director Ed Paola will oversee the varsity and junior varsity programs during the transition.

No intermediate coaches were let go.


  1. Russell K. Wong January 27, 2018 5:04 pm

    Parents should just parent….

  2. Russell K. Wong January 27, 2018 5:09 pm

    Who’s calling the shots up on the hill? The parents or Admin?

  3. Shame Kamehameha January 27, 2018 5:33 pm

    Parents controlling everything these days. Admin is more afraid of the parents than anything.
    Sad day in high school baseball.

  4. PublicSchool January 27, 2018 6:48 pm

    Wonder what happened?!?! Was it cus they weren’t successful enough? Or did the coaches get in trouble for something non-baseball related? Whatever the case hope Kamehameha is able to bring in some good coaches … FAST.

  5. Baseball fan January 27, 2018 7:15 pm

    Head Athletic Director Glennie Adams is to blame for all of it. She let’s the parents tell her what to do. Just look at her tenure. How many coaches gave been let go since she took over? Baseball(3 times), football(3 times) , volleyball, track, basketball. SHE is the common denominator! Why can’t the administration see that! Good people who give alot of their time to the students of Kamehameha get thrown aside because she can’t do her job. Cmon alumni!! Step up and say something! Glennie Must go!! What a joke…..fire the coaches 2 days before the start of the season because parents complaining . The season ended last May! What the hell they complaining about! Do everyone a favor Glennie and quit!!

  6. WeWillSee January 27, 2018 7:23 pm

    Know a few of the coaches and they are great people and dedicated to the kids and the program. I am an alumnus and have heard bad things about the state of the athletics department and Administration as well. It’s not just isolated up on the Hill.

  7. Ilh January 27, 2018 8:19 pm

    Spill the beans.

  8. kenui January 27, 2018 8:41 pm

    i don’t know the why but all i can say is that know coach perkins really well and he is a very dedicated fair man who loves the kids and the sport. he is an unselfish person who gives up his time willingly to help the kids and the school.

  9. LAN January 27, 2018 8:54 pm

    When you play favorites, that’s what can happen…you pick up and play your best player’s. Change is great for KHS, you will see in the future of the program. I am not a parent of KHS, just a fan of baseball.

  10. I mua Warrior January 27, 2018 8:58 pm

    So dumb. Sometimes parents have a hard time accepting the fact that their kid isn’t the greatest ball player. They moan and blame coaches for their kid not playing or making the team. C’mon KS, how you gonna fire a coach who led his team to states 2 out of 3 years he been there! Auwe!

  11. Pea January 27, 2018 9:14 pm

    Hmmmm since the intermediate coaches weren’t fired why were the JV coaches get let go?? Anybody? Sounds like something happened that involved the Varsity and JV coaches but not the inter?

  12. LOL January 27, 2018 10:13 pm

    Any one remeber Destiny Childs song “say my name”? Good song

  13. Agree with comment above January 27, 2018 10:29 pm

    Obsolete & irrelevant! TIme to clean house from the top WITH THE COMMON DENOMINATOR! Really need competency & a coach with good intentions who will keep the boys best interest at the forefront! Let’s get this party started! The boys are the losers here… I MUA!

    Agree with #13 comment! If you’re not happy, choose a place where your son can thrive. Instead of making waves for the others.

  14. our AD is good January 27, 2018 10:34 pm

    atleast let coach Darryl back because he’s one good coach

  15. Administration Sucks January 27, 2018 10:35 pm

    I feel bad for the boys and parents who were ready and excited to go on that trip to California. I know they were planning on playing some top tier high school teams. It’s a shame some parents complained that their kids aren’t on the travel team. Wouldn’t you want to take the best players with you when you’re going to play some of the best teams in the nation? Some parents just don’t understand that their kid isn’t that good. What happened to the days when players had to earn their spots? Now days there’s too much of this “pay to play” mentality.

    I’ve known Coach Perkins for a long time, he’s a great man and loves what he does. He’s always looking at what he can do next to help the kids. He made the baseball program so much better. What a shame. Kamehameha has lost an excellent coach.

  16. Da mok January 27, 2018 10:43 pm

    Here we go another ILH school the AD/ admin not supporting coaches. Just like MID PAC girls varsity coach. Lack of support from the AD/admin. I’m sure they were great coaches. Let the coaches coach and the AD/admin, didn’t you hire them to coach. So support them. C’MON TO EASY…

  17. Parent January 27, 2018 11:03 pm

    I agree with comment 15, bring back coach Darryl. And what about Coach Derek, he was fair and the kids respected him. The kids shouldn’t suffer.

  18. Punahou parent January 27, 2018 11:14 pm

    Shame on you for blaming “ONE” child! You must be a very insecure person to try planting a seed and naming a kid! There’s a lot of boys who were NOT chosen to go on the trip who were disappointed but that doesn’t make them or one person the cause for an entire coaching staff to be relieved of their coaching duties. They HAD to have done some very serious things wrong to have been let go. You’re the biggest types of cowards, pointing fingers at people, calling them names and saying “Think of the kids!” The administrators are thinking about the kids that’s why they let the Coaches go! It’s about time the kids are being put first before the adults!

  19. Punahou parent January 27, 2018 11:30 pm

    The reason Coach Tommy and his staff were let go was because of his insubordination! Yes the kids who were going on the trip are being penalized and my son was one of them however, it was brought to light that Coach Tommy has made decisions that not only could have negatively affected his players, but also their peers and entire school as a whole. His insubordinate actions has put the “entire” school, not just the baseball program at risk for legal actions! He must have done a lot more than we know because you don’t just release an entire staff at 2 different levels for nothing. Those who are first to blame are the ones who are guilty and have something to hide!

  20. Lolo January 27, 2018 11:39 pm

    “LOL” I agree with you, “YOU” should say your name!

  21. Johnny bravo January 27, 2018 11:44 pm

    Thats what happens when you let dads coach the teams. They play there son first even when the kids on the bench is better. Come on people they play there games up at KS. To much favorites you seen it I seen it. They are DREAM CRUSHERS. And all for them selfs and not whats best for the team alot of BS in the baseball program about time the AD steps in and say Enuff is Enuff. Look at the JV they have 2 coaches and there son go there and they kids play. The Vars last year had a dad on the staff and his son starts over kids that was better and would of made the team stronger if the dad did what was right. But no my son going play cause I said cause Im the coach. And the Head coach had no say to that come on do you really want some one like that to lead your kids who cant stand up to one of his own coaches to do right. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT. DOIT FOR THE KIDS.#DOWATSRITE#LETTHEKIDSPLAY#

  22. Kamehameha Alumnus January 27, 2018 11:48 pm

    To comment 20, Punahou Parent.
    Punahou kids were going on the California trip?
    What do you know about insubordination? A close friend’s son plays for Kamehameha and his parents weren’t told that. When and where was this “brought to light” to a Punahou parent?
    I think comment 6 needs to be considered. Admin should do an investigation into why all these coaches are being fired. Possible conflict of interest?

  23. hi January 28, 2018 12:07 am


  24. Sport lover January 28, 2018 6:48 am

    Typical ILH school. Parents complain about something. Great job parents. Way to set your kids up for life. These people crack me up. When something doesn’t go their way they complain, my son/daughter is good enough blah blah blah. Well they ain’t so face the facts. And for the comments above from punahou parent, you have no room to talk because punahou is the worst school of all. If you have money you make the team. It ain’t based on how good you are anymore. Stay in your lane and understand the world of sports. It’s a good thing Kamehameha didn’t go to mainland anyways because they would have gotten smashed by mainland teams. Hawaii high school baseball cannot compete with the mainland teams. That’s a fact as well.

  25. Warrior Alum January 28, 2018 7:50 am

    Get rid of Adams, shes a disease for the athletic program, its time for the alumni to step up and get this sad excuse for an AD removed. Its sad because all alumni know this and refuse to coach up at the school because of her. We want to give back to the kids and school but not under her watch

  26. Mitch Fuller January 28, 2018 7:55 am

    Things to think about:
    Coaches give so much of their time to teach not only the game but life lessons. In life there’s going to be times of failure and glorious success, sports prepares us all for these situations. Will we dust ourselves off and continue to fight or will we seek for excuses to not triumphant through that time.
    I still believe in the coaches we have here in Hawaii but more specifically KHS.
    We must look at the big picture, allow these great coaches to do their job and get our student athletes ready for the next level and more importantly life lessons. Go roughriders…

  27. Not a Punahou Parent January 28, 2018 7:55 am

    Punahou Parent post at 11:30pm defending the “ONE” and tries to keep the blame on coaches. Then at 11:30pm all of a sudden Punahou Parent reveals the reasons the coaches were fired and admits his/her son goes to KS. Sounds like first hand knowledge.

  28. Marvin Gaye- What's going on? January 28, 2018 8:12 am

    Parents call the shots nowadays. Admin and AD’s have no guts.

  29. RaJah Dat January 28, 2018 10:08 am

    Re: comment #28
    In total agreement! “Punahou Parent” is a facade. This parent is BFF’s with the AD. Everyone knows who this parent is! it’s SO obvious that it’s knee-slapping hilarious!
    AD should be investigated for getting personally involved!

  30. anywaaaays!! January 28, 2018 10:46 am

    Reading all the comments, I gotta laugh. private school parents complaining that their corrupt private school is corrupt. LOL! in proverbs 26:27, it says “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.” The ILH Agenda spends the whole time stealing kids from our backyards and tempting them with money and turning them against our communities by teaching them that it’s okay to be a mercenary. And now what happens? This kind of stuff.

    It all comes back to you one day, even to the ILH Agenda. RRFL!

  31. Hmmm? January 28, 2018 10:50 am

    Sports…I think the bigger picture is that aren’t these schools for EDUCATION!!! Sports is for extra-curricular, exercise, socialize, etc…

  32. Rebel January 28, 2018 10:56 am

    I believe Mid-Pac baseball has its problems too!!!

  33. Last Samurai January 28, 2018 12:01 pm

    Most times, the lower level Coaching Staff would resign too if Varsity HC is released as such, out of loyalty. Surprised the Freshmen Staff never do that. Pretty drastic decision by the AD and in all likelyhood, approved by the President of the School. Poor players, left with no structure, no coaching, no support, right before the season. What? They going bring in another Staff to coach em up now? Could there have been no guidance, consultation, suggestions for possible corrective action for whatever they did rather then abruptly being fired? Sad sign of the times, many good Coaches from other school have been let go or not re-hired. But this one, tops em all! Right before the season! Yikes!

  34. Iolani Rob January 28, 2018 12:12 pm


  35. Vince Cho January 28, 2018 1:37 pm

    #21 – you’re right! A parent should step down when a he/she is coaching on the high school level to avoid any suggestions of favoritism. Kamehameha would’ve been much more competitive if Ramie retired before his two sons played.

    #30 – Kahuku got its own share of coaching issues plus substandard academics for the athletes to boot. Stay in your own lane.

  36. Adding... January 28, 2018 1:38 pm

    @LastSamurai The JV coaches were fired along with the Varsity coaches. The head JV coach was part of the previous JV staff fired from last year. Last year’s JV staff was let go and they rehired one of those assistant coaches as JV head coach for this year until a couple days ago. Not sure if there was a connection in what went down with Coach Perkins or the JV hiring was already tainted and the school wanted to get rid of any possible future problems.

  37. NEXT! Wait & see... January 28, 2018 2:09 pm

    To Comment #33-Last Samurai

    You hit the nail on the head with your entire statement. Very TRUE and very SAD.
    The “Freshmen staff” you referred to (the JV staff) was let go too. The Intermediate staff were the ones retained. Today the Inter staff are wiping their brows in relief, licking their lips with hunger and rubbing their hands together with anticipation because they’re ready to pounce on the opportunity to take over the program.

  38. PublicSchool January 28, 2018 3:08 pm

    32 – EVERY school has its problems. EVERY school gotta deal with meddling parents of kids who should be playing infield and batting top of the order! Cus you know EVERYONE was an all-star from small kid time. So of course their kid is better than everyone else. Too bad the coaches can’t just be allowed to coach and the players can’t be allowed to just PLAY.

  39. Keouabla$$ January 28, 2018 3:33 pm

    This whole thing is stupid. If someone’s parent wanted to complain, complain during the summer so that way tommy can get fired and allow the school to hire a new coach and not jeopardize the boys season. This team has the pitching to make a deep run in states again this year. This just goes to show glennie will cave and allow the parents to run this athletic program #fireglennie

  40. Player January 28, 2018 4:34 pm

    I wonder how Glennie Adams knows how this is all true with all of the complaining parents or (parent). She doesn’t even come out to support the schools baseball games. Never came to any of the state tournament games last year. Football stores there stuff in the baseball cage. Football takes priority over baseball at this school. Allowing football players to use the baseball fields to practice on during offseason. While on the other hand, when the baseball boys want to throw they immediately get in trouble from the AD, but nothing happens when football comes out during our practice time playing on our field taking away precious field space . There’s so much politics at Kamehameha it ain’t even funny. The ones who suffers in this case is the kids especially the seniors. Losing at trip to California to play against some of the nations best high school baseball teams. Might as well just not hire a new coach and let all the parents coach if that’s the case. As head coach of any high school team you have to deal with parents all the time. Practice time is prove you belong on the field. The American Legion seasons are when you prove to your coaches and your teammates you belong out on that field. There were so much changes last year in Kamehameha’s baseball lineup. With all of the things Coach Tom had to deal with last year with Athletic department and all of the stipulations he always had to deal with Glennie Adams it’s amazing how far last years team went. Maybe they could of won if they had full use of there facilities. Mid pac, St. Louis can practice in there facilities all off season. While Kamehamehas batting cage is used for storage for football and soccer equipment. The culture of the school needs to change and it needs to change with someone else as the new head of the Athletic Department.

  41. Johnny bravo January 28, 2018 7:36 pm

    Pointing fingers at the parant again. Some times you have to look at the hole picture. And here what the kids are saying. And at the end of the season they turn in a evaluation on the coaches from the kids right. Do you think the AD take any concede ration on what the kids write. I no for a fact alot of kids were unhappy with the coaching on the JV and VARS. Do you think that had something with the coaches getting let go. I think its time for the coaches to man up and take there burn to n stop blaming the kids and the parents people. I think its good that the kids speak up to make things right its been pretty bad up on the hill the past 3 years with the team have clicks and it starts from higher up. And again the coaching dont get along and the team can see all of that. And it starts with bad COACHING N FAVORITES OR FAVORITISM. And unfair to some kids cause they never got a fair shot cause of bad coaching. I been up there when it was going on and I seen very good athletes transfer to other schools because of it. And they got a chance to play and did VERY GOOD AT THE SCHOOL THEY TRANSFERD TO. So is that the kids fault NO so whos fault is it the COACHES for not giving him a chance to prove him/her self YEAH I think so but thats just me thinking. All in all I think thats the BEST MOVE THEY EVER MADE. YOU GET RID OF THE PROBLEM. AND THEY DID. CHANGE FOR THE BETTER LOL. And remember this is our kids that play the game PARENTS STOP LEAVING YOUR DREAMS THROUGH YOUR KIDS. LET THEM PLAY.

  42. PauHana January 28, 2018 7:39 pm

    Let all the beans come out one time already. All sports and sexual abuse and whatever. Come out and be done with it KHS

  43. anywaaaays!! January 28, 2018 8:16 pm

    Vince Cho, stay in my lane?? maybe the ILH should stay in their own lane and stop poaching kids from our communities. focus on your above-par “academics” if you think that’s important. RRFL!

  44. And then... January 28, 2018 8:50 pm

    @Johnny bravo- you bring up some good points but you also have to consider for example when there is one catcher position and 4 catchers then 3 of those catchers ain’t going to be happy and cry favoritism. Even if everyone gets a fair shot at some point only one catcher can play. The coach has to pick one player. Not matter what everyone is not going to be happy. If you reach the state tournament 2 out of the 3 years the coach must be doing something right managing. What I’m trying to say is everyone is not going to be happy. Period. It just depends on how unhappy those parents are willing to take it. Coaches make mistakes and it’s sad that some intervention by admin didn’t happen to help smooth the problems over. It’s not just a KSK problem though it happens throughout high school sports in Hawaii.

  45. Haole Brownie January 28, 2018 8:54 pm

    Should have never let go George Gussman.

  46. Been there done dat January 28, 2018 9:24 pm

    Same crap that happened to Waianae head coach Walter Grilho. Cut the bad seeds , parents cry to the principal, principal reinstate bad seeds back on the team and suspend coach pending investigation. Principal didn’t even have the balls to ask Walter what the problem was! No backing from admin or parents. THIS IS NOT PAY TO PLAY PEOPLE!! I just can’t wait to see how their kids end up in life when mommy and daddy not going be there to hold their hand!!

  47. justsayin January 28, 2018 9:37 pm

    Don’t know whats happening on the hill but I feel sorry for the boys and their season. What I do know is Coach Darryl is one of the best coaches i have ever met. He is so dedicated to whatever team he is involved with. You gotta have a coach like him to teach and lead any team.

  48. Bruh What January 28, 2018 10:07 pm

    Coach Tom brought the boys to the state tournaments twice in his 3yrs as Head Coach! It’s sad that his 20yrs of dedication to Hawaiis Keiki & Kamehameha Baseball had to end bc of parents who think they know how to
    do the coaches job… unreal! Sad that AD lets the parents run their program. Shout out to all the coaches that busted their okole to make Kamehameha a strong team. #Imua

  49. 24 hndcp January 28, 2018 10:19 pm

    So do I get a refund for the fundraiser golf tournament for the cali trip?

  50. Hapahawn January 29, 2018 5:37 am

    Haole Brownie, I think you speak for many. The previous Athletic Dept allowed the baseball program to be handcuffed for way too long, and Coach Gus just got tired of waiting. I am convinced, that he would have taken the head coach position at Kamehameha and foregone a future option of going back to his Alma mater, St Louis. Year after year the intermediate and JV would win their ILH titles, only to have it all come to a screeching stop at the varsity level. The fact that they only had one state title during that long rein is unbelievable with all the talent they had. I have said for a long time, that Kamehameha needs to looks beyond their alumni to lead the school to success. There is far too much nepotism that goes on up there, and the ones that are hurt the most are the students.
    As for parent involvement, and favoritism, Kamehameha does not have a monopoly on either of them. They go on (or allegation of them) everywhere. As a parent, all you can do is encourage your child to do their best, fight through it, and be a good teammate. Baseball is one of the sports where you can sit on the bench for your whole high school career, and still get a scholarship if you do well at camps and tournaments.

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