Kapolei football coach Darren Hernandez said on Saturday night’s OC-16 telecast of the Junior Prep Sports Paradise Football Classic that June Jones will take over as his offensive coordinator next season.
Jones, the former University of Hawaii football coach, who was last at SMU, will take over an offense led by current freshman Taulia Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa threw for 2,784 yards in 10 games as a freshman with 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Kapolei had never had a quarterback throw for more than 300 yards in a game until 2015, when Tagovailoa reached that mark four times. He threw for a school record 534 yards and six touchdowns in a 41-0 win over Castle in the first round of the OIA playoffs and also threw for 448 yards against Moanalua, 394 yards against Mililani and 356 yards against Kahuku.
Tagovailoa’s father, Galu, was the offensive coordinator this past season but is stepping down to spend more time watching both of his sons. Tua Tagovailoa is currently a junior at Saint Louis and was named first team all-state this season by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Jones recently applied for the vacant head coaching job at Hawaii that eventually went to Nick Rolovich.
In an interview later Saturday night at halftime of the championship game of the Paradise Football Classic, Jones expressed his desire to coach again but did say, “I’ve had two calls this past week with opportunities possibly in the NFL and if those pan out, then I would probably do that.”