Makoa Freitas learned a lot from former coaches Dick Tomey at Arizona and Tony Dungy with the Indianapolis Colts.
You could have worse mentors. A lot worse.
Freitas said on Thursday that he will bring with him what he learned from those coaches and others to the Kahuku sidelines. Freitas was recently hired as the head coach of the Red Raiders.
“I don’t know what happened that led to the change,” said Freitas, referring to the school’s release of two-year head man Vavae Tata, who led the team to one state championship and another appearance in the state final. “I know he did a lot for the program. I want to take what he did and continue with it.
“It is humbling to be put in this position. There are really good kids and really good assistants and we’ve got to come together for each other.”
Freitas said he will keep the same staff that was assembled by Tata for both the varsity and JV teams.
Freitas, who is an accountant at Brigham Young-Hawaii, is the son of Rockne Freitas, a former UH-West Oahu chancellor and NFL football player. He’s never been a head coach before, but is looking forward to the challenge. He said he was “very surprised” when he was offered the interim job, which is good for one year. It’s possible that he can stay on as the head coach after that, depending on many factors.
“I talked to my wife after they offered me the job and we talked it over,” Freitas said. “We decided that I would give it a shot.”
If asked by the Kahuku administration to stay on after a year, Freitas said, “We’ll see how the season goes. I have young kids. I will see how it affects them.”