State champion Hawaii Prep names new coach

New Hawaii Preparatory Academy boys soccer coach James Berry will have All-State first team striker Jake Schneider as a senior next season. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

James Berry is the new boys soccer coach at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, according to Ka Makani athletic director Steve Perry.

“I am excited to have JB take over the boys program,” Perry said in an email to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “He has been a wonderful asset the last two seasons as my assistant coach with the girls team and I know he will be a great leader for the boys both on and off the pitch. His passion and expertise as well as his ability to read the flow of the game will prove valuable to all of the boys.

“JB understands what HPA and our athletic program are all about and he is excited to be around our campus more and more. JB’s wife (Heather) is the school’s full-time ATC.”

Berry takes over for Rich Braithwaite, who led Hawaii Prep to a share of the Division I state title with Baldwin in February after winning two D-II titles in a row in 2016 and 2017. After the 2017-18 season, Braithwaite stepped down and was planning to move with his family to Malawi in Africa.

Dan Wilkinson, an assistant under Braithwaite, will return as an assistant under Berry, according to Perry.


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