It’s official: Freitas is Kahuku interim head coach

Kahuku High announced on its website Sunday that Makoa Freitas, a former Indianapolis Colts player, is the new interim head coach. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Kahuku High announced on its website Sunday that Makoa Freitas, a former Indianapolis Colts player, is the new interim head coach. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Makoa Freitas was officially introduced as the Kahuku football interim head coach Sunday by the KahukuHigh.org website.

Freitas takes over for Vavae Tata, who spent two years at the helm and brought the Red Raiders a Division I state championship and another appearance in the first Open Division state title game.

No reason was given for the change, and the announcement does not mention Tata at all.


The Honolulu Star-Advertiser first reported the change on its website Friday morning and followed with an article in the newspaper Saturday.


See Kahuku’s announcement of Freitas as the new interim head coach here:

http://bit.ly/2kIVYxB

COMMENTS

  1. Paper Crane February 12, 2017 6:52 pm

    Excellent news update from a reliable source and also an outstanding turnover for Red Raiders Football and Community; different strokes from different folks is OK especially when it’s a well thought out game plan assignment and yet let’s not forget Coach Tata for all them happy tears, them victory bus ride home and so sending best wishes for all his future endeavors and may he achieve a successful coaching career. Mahalo Tata.


  2. anywaaaays!! February 12, 2017 7:51 pm

    Thank you Coach Tata and best wishes on your future endeavors. I think this AD at Kahuku needs to go, Yamagata is too judgemental of others and easily swayed by the bickering and complaining of other “female” parents. She is trying to run the program like she is running her household. Get a man back in there at AD, Whitford, Leloy and Souza from years past kept the program steady and under control.


  3. Next..... February 13, 2017 9:02 am

    Sounds like Kahuku has a well oiled revolving door out there. Don’t let that door swing around and hit you in the behind when you leave. IMO… I thought the past head coaches didn’t a really great job. Must be different far north in their saying: “Let the Players Play, Let the Officials Officiate, and Let the Fans decide the fate of the current Coach”. Wouldn’t it be awful if that is the truth?


  4. Next..... February 13, 2017 9:03 am

    typo…
    …coaches did do a really great job out there.


  5. Rah Rah Rah Rah Rah February 13, 2017 10:42 am

    @Next…. The admin at Kahuku (Principal, VP, etc) have gone rogue. They are really going off of their own emotions. Remember this is the same admin that did Coach Reggie wrong and they did the exact same thing to Tata. Although I did hear that Tata’s loyalty was in question.


  6. Coach_B February 13, 2017 11:21 am

    I got to know coach Torres personally over the last couple years and he is a very respectable man who I am lucky to have known. He was as successful as anyone during his years at Kahuku. I never understood why they let him go, and the continuation of this revolving door, regardless of Tata’s loyalty or whatever other potential faults, just makes me wonder of the competency of the administration


  7. Next..... February 13, 2017 11:54 am

    I agree with you Coach_B! If I can say one more thing: if it ain’t broke… what the heck you trying to fix? Just cuz they never come home with the Championship doesn’t mean that the football team/program is broken. I say let Tata continue… I think he’s done an awesome job!


  8. The Watcher February 13, 2017 12:27 pm

    @ Coach B, while the admin might be questionable out there, many parents think they can run the show. There are many great parents and alumni out there. But there are quite a few who think their opinions count and make unnecessary trouble for the coaches and admin out in Kahuku.


  9. RRInsider February 13, 2017 12:37 pm

    “Anyyywaays: I think this AD at Kahuku needs to go, Yamagata is too judgemental of others and easily swayed by the bickering and complaining of other “female” parents. She is trying to run the program like she is running her household. Get a man back in there at AD, Whitford, Leloy and Souza from years past kept the program steady and under control.”

    This is some stupid sexist bullshit.


  10. Coach_B February 13, 2017 12:50 pm

    @The Watcher
    Don’t get me wrong. I’m totally in agreement with you. As an alumni, former player, and supporter of my own HS’s football program, I have witnessed similar politics. I actually coached for a while at the lower levels of my school’s football program. I never understood how some people who aren’t actively supporting the program in a hands on way could think they know better than we did. It was one of the reasons why I had to step away from coaching. Then again, sometimes there really is incompetent administration and coaches and thats a whole different issue…


  11. anywaaaays!! February 13, 2017 1:42 pm

    In old Kalaepohaku stands our alma mater,
    where the south winds blow day after day…


  12. Education First February 14, 2017 9:25 am

    Regardless of who the coach is, the Kahuku Football Team will do well. If you dig deep here are the issues I see that several people from that community fail to recognize.

    1) Why are the academics so poor out there?

    2) Why are many students who graduate non college ready based on data?

    3) Why has the turnover rate for football coaches happen so frequently?

    4) Why does it seem that most families care more about football than academics?


  13. NoOne February 14, 2017 10:15 am

    aren’t all the Fahuku coaches interim now a days. The community runs the programs and set the starting line-ups…


  14. Education First February 15, 2017 9:34 am

    I wonder if 88 will be hired to help the new coach. The previous staffs never wanted 88 around. I wonder if the new “interim” coach will want him around.

    88, has the new coach reached out to you yet? I know his dad Rockne and I told him how good a coach you are (in your mind at least). He asked for your info, but I told him your mom named you 88. Unfortunately I couldn’t pass on your contact info.

    I also told Rockne that if his son is interested in hiring you, he probably has to bring 4-6 applications for all of your alter-egos such as anywaays, too meke, good story, and whatever else ones you got.

    Good luck buddy!


  15. 88 February 15, 2017 5:21 pm

    Why don’t you help Coach? You seem to know all the coaches. Do they call you Education First, since its the name your mother gave you, when you go over and have these talks with them? Too funny man…


  16. Education First February 16, 2017 8:13 am

    88 February 15, 2017 at 5:21 pm
    Why don’t you help Coach? You seem to know all the coaches. Do they call you Education First, since its the name your mother gave you, when you go over and have these talks with them? Too funny man…
    ————————–

    Well she was going to pick 88, but it was already taken. And my mom wanted to challenge me more by making my birth name a little longer than 88. As for you, we totally understand the name 88. It is the perfect length so you didn’t get confused writing it.

    I must be a great writer. I notice you like to reuse my material over and over gain. I know that flattery is the biggest compliment. So thank you very much 88!

    BTW, the Freitas is waiting. Please do not make me look bad.


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