Mid-Pacific hires Kagawa as soccer coach

Mid-Pacific senior Tyler Allen, right, was a Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State first team choice this spring in Jayson Abe's last season at the helm. Allen's teammates wiil play for new coach Kurt Kagawa next season. Krystle Marcellus / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Mid-Pacific senior Tyler Allen, right, was a Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State first team choice this spring in Jayson Abe’s last season at the helm. Allen’s teammates wiil play for new coach Kurt Kagawa next season. Krystle Marcellus / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Kurt Kagawa is the new head coach for the Mid-Pacific boys soccer team, Owls athletic director Scott Wagner announced Wednesday.

Kagawa is a former Mid-Pacific intermediate team coach and assistant for the Owls varsity. He has also been a coach for the Bulls soccer club and an assistant with the Mililani varsity team the past two seasons.


Kagawa takes over for Jayson Abe, who stepped down recently to take the head men’s coaching position at Chaminade. Abe led the Owls to three state Division II championships — in 2010, 2014 and 2015 — and to an appearance in the Division I state tournament this spring.


“It is with the greatest excitement that I announce that Kurt Kagawa will take over the boys soccer program,” Wagner wrote in an email to players and their families on Wednesday. “We have had a huge amount of success under Jayson. He will be missed and we wish him the best of luck in his new position.”

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