Castle’s Nelson Maeda is out as Castle’s head football coach.
Maeda confirmed via cell phone this afternoon that he is no longer the coach of the Knights and that it was the choice of the Castle administration. He found out that he was out as coach on Tuesday.
“It was not a mutual decision,” he said. “It came unexpectedly and at a late stage. It’s been seven weeks since our season ended. We were finalizing our plans for next season’s scrimmages and pass league and for offseason workouts.
“I guess there was a feeling here at Castle that we should be winning more. Hopefully for Castle,whoever they hire as the new coach can accomplish that.”
Maeda is employed as a counselor at the school.
“Before it was counselor by day and coach after school,” he said. “Now, it’s just counselor by day. I’m going to take a step back and relax a bit. The hammer dropped. It was kind of schocking.”
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser received a news release earlier this afternoon from Knights athletic director Laynie Sueyasu with a request to advertise the open varsity football head coaching position.
Calls to Sueyasu and the Castle administration were not immediately returned.
Maeda spent 20 seasons in the head coaching post and compiled a 91-103 record. The Knights finished 4-5 overall and 3-4 in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red conference last fall. The season ended with a 49-7 loss to Moanalua in the first round of the league playoffs.
Castle’s four wins last season were its most since 2010.
Maeda led the Knights to the 2002 OIA championship and to the state championship game, where they lost 34-15 to Saint Louis.
He was the ’02 state coach of the year by both newspapers and won four OIA coach of the year honors.
Maeda was also the head coach at Kailua in 1980 and 1981 and has 96 career wins.