Higgins steps down as Kaiser FB coach

Cameron Higgins went 9-9 in his two seasons as Kaiser's football head coach. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Cameron Higgins went 9-9 in his two seasons as Kaiser’s football head coach. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Cameron Higgins stepped down as the Kaiser football head coach recently, according to trusted Hawaii Prep World and Honolulu Star-Advertiser sources.

The Cougars have been without a head coach this spring and the school has not posted the opening yet, according to the sources.

Richard Torres, an assistant under Higgins, has been running spring drills and workouts. It’s unknown whether Torres will be a candidate for the open position.

Kaiser went 4-5 (4-3 Oahu Interscholastic Association Red) under Higgins last fall and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in a 27-21 loss to Campbell.

Higgins went 9-9 in his two seasons at the helm after he took over for Rich Miano to start the 2014 season. He was 1-2 in the playoffs.

Higgins’ biggest victory with the Cougars came in the fifth game of 2014, a 20-19 home upset of Kahuku.

According to sources, Higgins’ reason for leaving the post is to concentrate more fully on his career in real estate and property development.

Kaiser principal Justin Mew did not return a phone call seeking comment on Higgins’ departure and a search for a new coach.


  1. irizary May 25, 2016 10:50 pm

    With the cost of living ridiculously high im surprised our young millennials can even survive here in Hawaii to the point that sports is no fun anymore because earning a living is so stressful. Volunteering 50 hours a week to coaching becomes less of a priority and a 2nd job or more hours in the 1st job makes more sense.

    Thanks for your dedication to our kids the past two seasons.

  2. Traitmanz May 26, 2016 11:47 am

    They should give the job to Torres

  3. Mahatma Gandhi May 26, 2016 3:40 pm

    I thought Reggie Torres was assisting at Punahou.
    It’s got to be so hard to build a winning team at Kaiser. Half of Hawaii Kai kids attend private schools. Rich Miano and Ron Lee won at Kaiser, but both were recruiting heavily outside the Kaiser school district. Back in the 1970s, Ron Lee could sell playing in a passing game in the traditional run first OIA.

  4. Mahatma Gandhi May 26, 2016 3:42 pm

    irizary, that’s the reason he gave for leaving. Who knows if is true not. What better way to make connections in the community than being head football coach?

  5. Shane Torres May 26, 2016 9:31 pm

    Mahatma, Reggie is at Punahou. It’s his son Richard that coaches at kaiser. Hopefully he gets the position, I know I’m rooting for him to get the job =)

  6. asahi May 26, 2016 9:50 pm

    The article reads Richard Torres not his father, Reggie.
    Public school coaches are so grossly under paid that it violates labor law minimum pay standards. Isn’t it about time the public school pays these coaches?!

  7. NoCry May 27, 2016 7:36 am

    Mahatma – I played for Ron when we won the prep bowl in ’79 – no recruiting, the kids came to where the coaching was top-notch and winning was a tradition. No blue chippers just hard-working guys that wanted to make the best of their high school playing days.

  8. Pua Lane May 27, 2016 9:59 am

    Best of luck to the players and new coach at Kaiser High (great opportunity for Richard Torres). I suspect that the success at Kailua High under Hauoli Wong had something to do with players leaving Kaiser with a shift of talent.

  9. Cougar Nation June 1, 2016 11:51 pm

    I heard Kasier also met with Girls Head Basketball Coach Simon Bitanga last week to tell him he is not coming back. They will open the position soon to the public. Any truth to this?

  10. Kool A June 5, 2016 12:51 am

    Cougar Nation, there was an article that was posted on the 3rd about Simon Bitanga not coming back.

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