After two seasons, Sam Cantiberos left his post as the McKinley football head coach earlier this week.
The ability to spend more with his three young kids — ages 3 and 4 and five months — and a new full-time job is the reason, Cantiberos and McKinley athletic director Bob Morikuni confirmed Friday. Being a head football coach is a time-consuming endeavor.
“We very much so wanted Sam to be back, but just his family and new job didn’t make it happen,” Morikuni said.
Cantiberos, a former McKinley running back, went 0-8 in Division I in 2015 while battling a numbers (lack of turnout) problem.
With a better turnout of players last season, the Tigers went 0-8 in OIA D-II under Cantiberos. Despite the record, the downtrodden program appeared to be on solid footing, and according to Morikuni, going in the right direction.
“I have a very young family and I want to watch them grow up because these are precious times,” Cantiberos said. “So, with a heavy heart, I resigned and am leaving on good terms with McKinley.”