Darren Hernandez has coached plenty of football.
He also loves to crank out a player’s video highlight, or several, and get them out to college coaches. It just so happens the longtime coach has done just that for decades while at Kapolei. But going back to his years as Campbell’s coach, Hernandez has racked up a formidable record. When the Hurricanes shut out Waianae on Saturday, Hernandez, now in his 23rd season as a head coach, surpassed Masa Yonamine for fifth place on the all-time OIA wins list with 121 victories in Oahu Interscholastic Association high school football games.
“Somebody just texted me that I just tied (and later passed) Masa Yonamine for coaching victories. I remember meeting him, an older guy, handing out with Eddie Hamada,” Hernandez said recently. “That’s how long I’ve coached. I love what I’m doing.”
HPW researcher and resident “Mad Librarian” Jerry Company is intrigued by the comparison of coaches from entirely different eras. Yonamine later became the Marauders’ athletic director. The facility at Waipahu is named after him.
“During Yonamine’s heyday, Waipahu’s district was the westernmost on the island, stretching all the way to Kaena Point. That allowed him to invent ‘platoon football’ using separate teams on offense and defense and rotating three different groups on the D-line,” Campany said. “Nobody could match it.”
Kapolei, one of four 1-0 teams in the OIA Open Division, plays at Farrington on Saturday night. Hernandez is 2-8 against the Govs while at Kapolei.