Mounia Tachibana is unhappy with what she calls a lack of support she and her team received from the Kahuku administration and has left her job as the Red Raiders girls volleyball coach.
“I did not have support from the administration,” she said Tuesday. “The Kahuku athletes deserve better. The administration is more involved with football and that makes it really hard for the other sports to progress.”
Phone calls to Kahuku principal Donna Lindsey and athletic director Gillian Yamagata seeking a response to Tachibana’s comments were not returned Tuesday afternoon. An email sent Tuesday to Wendy Anae asking for a response was also not returned. Anae, according to a source, has been named as a Kahuku co-athletic director. On Tuesday morning, Anae sent an email to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser announcing that the Red Raiders are in the process of finding a new coach.
Tachibana, who is from Kahuku and starred at Kamehameha in volleyball, spent three years as the Red Raiders coach.
She said the administration did not update broken volleyball equipment and that her girls were made to feel like football players had first priority in the training room.
“My girls would tell me they couldn’t go in the training room because the football players were in there,” Tachibana said. “This is a common thing. This didn’t happen overnight. It got worse over the years.”
Tachibana also said that funds were not made available to her team when they went on a trip to Las Vegas and that she was told that the football team received money for its trip to Las Vegas.
“They told us that the football team’s funds came from sponsors, and that’s the way they got around it,” she said. “For football, it was, ‘Here you go.’ I was also left by myself on making arrangements and I had to put some of my personal money into it. We were the first public school team from Hawaii to get invited to this big tournament in Las Vegas. It was a big deal, but it was not a big deal to the administration.”
Tachibana said she loved coaching the Kahuku girls and getting support from their parents and that she loves the Kahuku community.
“This year, I stood up and I was fighting for my girls more and complaining more and speaking my mind more,” Tachibana said. “I actually didn’t feel like I could concentrate on coaching.”
Tachibana, who has two young daughters, does not plan to coach high school volleyball in the near future. She will continue to coach with the Spike and Serve club.