Jones, Tata, Ane among Poly Bowl coaches

Kapolei offensive coordinator June Jones will be one of the head coaches in the Polynesian Bowl. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Kapolei offensive coordinator June Jones will be one of the head coaches in the Polynesian Bowl. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Kapolei offensive coordinator June Jones will serve as one of the two head coaches in the Polynesian Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Aloha Stadium.

Jones will lead Marcus Mariota‘s team while another former Hawaii coach, Dick Tomey, will head Team Stanley.

Jones, who was the inaugural recipient of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Founders Award, will lead a staff that includes Punahou coach Kale Ane, Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez and Kamehameha coach Abu Ma’afala.

Ane will serve as assistant head coach while Ma’afala will be the defensive coordinator and Hernandez will coach linebackers. Ron Lee will serve as offensive coordinator, Vinnie Passes will be the quarterbacks coach and Dennis McKnight will coach special teams. Also on the staff and former UH players under Jones including Lance Samuseva, Nate Ilaoa, Leonard Peters and Isaac Sopoaga.

Tomey’s staff will include Kahuku coach Vavae Tata as defensive coordinator and former Kaiser coach Cameron Higgins as the quarterbacks coach.

The full press release from the Polynesian Bowl can be found HERE.


  1. TheHeartlessPrick November 10, 2016 11:14 am

    Get Jones out of here. Everyone seems to forget how he left Hawaii high & dry to pursue “other obligations”. Now the state is on their knees praising this guy. Smh. Gtfo

  2. Simple Simon November 10, 2016 1:05 pm

    What a waste time bowl. Everybody gets a trophy.

  3. Alpha November 10, 2016 3:13 pm

    The JPS classic will be a better all star game with better players from Hawaii and Mainland. . .

  4. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate November 10, 2016 3:54 pm

    stop crying u guys, the polynesian hall of fame and all these organizers are doing a lot for our kids. srop the crabs in a bucket please

  5. JJ November 10, 2016 4:16 pm

    Kam’s coach is the defensive coordinator for June’s team? Wow couldn’t find anyone else? Kam gave up like 40-50 points a game. Well, looking on the bright side, Tomey’s players will look good against them. Better exposure.

  6. Tutu Kane Ale November 11, 2016 11:17 am

    This HPW article is Peeeeelau to the max!!!

  7. Unko Alvin November 11, 2016 2:24 pm

    Deeerrrr, still no caption for todays Open Division semi final games; Clinton flop must have given most sports writers big time seizure and like the first game at Aloha Stadium almost
    kicking off?

  8. Simple Simon November 11, 2016 2:35 pm

    Still irritated that June Jones is one of the coaches. Anybody wanna protest with me on the Kapolei sidelines at Aloha Stadium tonight? lol

  9. Unko Alvin November 11, 2016 3:13 pm

    @Simple Simon; without my glasses on I first thought the photo was Bill Clinton, he, he, not on the sideline but this one’s for you. Enjoy

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