Baldwin officially released as Hilo coach

David Baldwin is officially done as the Hilo football coach. Interim co-coach Kaeo Drummondo has applied for the open spot. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
David Baldwin is officially done as the Hilo football coach. Interim co-coach Kaeo Drummondo has applied for the open spot. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The investigation into a complaint lodged against suspended Hilo football coach David Baldwin is complete and it’s now official that he will not be returning as the Vikings’ coach, according to Department of Education spokesperson Lindsay Chambers.

No reason for the complaint and who made the complaint was given out by the Hilo administration or the Department of Education due to a privacy policy. He was placed on indefinite leave in August.

Lisa Pana and Keao Drummondo finished the 2015 season as Vikings interim co-head coaches.

Hilo athletic director Kurt Kawachi is in the process of finding a permanent head coach, and Drummondo confirmed Thursday that has applied.


  1. The Rim January 15, 2016 9:27 am

    I don’t think this stemmed from parents of players complaining. In fact, I believe the parents got together in support of Baldwin. The complaint dealt with a manager and not any player.

  2. Nick Abramo January 15, 2016 10:35 am

    thank you YNAE; admittedly, we are uninformed about the Baldwin case … other than that he was put on leave for complaints, was investigated, the investigation is over and he is not returning as coach. … we will reword the article, btw, to reflect that it was a complaint by someone (not necessarily a parent)

  3. Fletcher Lee January 15, 2016 11:30 am

    It seems in todays world if a coach isn’t a complete puppet to his surroundings, there’s possibility of him sparking an investigation.
    Just 1 person needs to have a problem w/ him, persuading a couple others to join the mix behind his back, making the problem twice as bad as it really is.
    Would like to know really what type of complaints were filed, all it takes is one bad apple. Little problems can be worked out in group discussions, without someone losing their job.

  4. The Rim January 15, 2016 12:29 pm

    All I will say about this unfortunate incident, which didn’t involve any football player, is once words leave your mouth it is impossible to take it back, then it takes on a life of its own spiraling out of control. Baldwin is a great coach and to his credit turned around a failing program. However, and it was proven this year, his coaching staff did a great job with him and without him. Hopefully Coach Kaeo Drummondo gets the job and continues his awesome work.

  5. Fletcher Lee January 15, 2016 3:02 pm

    But so sad Varsity sports has to be so political. Public head coaches make $2500 a season, would think Admin. would cut him some slack given he has a proven background.

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