June Jones is new Kapolei offensive coordinator

June Jones will be the offensive coordinator at Kapolei next season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
June Jones will be the offensive coordinator at Kapolei next season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

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.”


  1. Fletcher Lee January 9, 2016 10:09 pm

    Nothing wrong w/ going back to your roots of HS ball, but why Kapolei? Thought Jones lived in Kona HI.

  2. Education First January 9, 2016 11:29 pm

    I heard he wanted to go to Kahuku. But after hearing how the parents treat coaches and how all the bloggers think they can do better from behind a computer, he decided to go somewhere else. Now this is just hearsay now, not truth.

  3. Mahatma Gandhi January 10, 2016 3:59 am

    Education, that is total BS. Kahuku is a running team. June Jones is all about passing the ball.. I find it hard to believe he would want to coach at Kahuku. Kapolei seems to be committed to throwing the ball.

  4. Mahatma Gandhi January 10, 2016 6:40 am

    How could UH NOT have wanted June Jones to be the head football coach?

  5. a friend of education January 10, 2016 9:37 am

    I heard June Jones asked education first to tutor him but education declined saying he was going to be too busy with his posting on HPW. But that is just hearsay, not truth.

  6. a friend of education January 10, 2016 10:44 am

    I heard June Jones asked education first to tutor him but education declined saying he would be too busy with his postings on HPW. BUT that is just hearsay, not truth.

  7. Fletcher Lee January 10, 2016 2:54 pm

    Whatever happen to “DJ”, Darren Johnson. Talk about a fun coach to watch. He was a true “Players Coach”.

  8. Fletcher Lee January 10, 2016 3:51 pm

    One coach I can’t stand is the little midget from Leilehua. Forgot his name but he’s an ex college baseball guy.

    Was playing AJA baseball “wood bat” league as recent as 4 yrs ago for “McCully”. Pitched the whole 9 innings, he was playing for “Waialae” heckling me the whole game from the dugout.
    Never even met the guy before….. Should’ve called him over, got in my 3 point stance and run his @$$ over.

  9. Hodad January 10, 2016 5:20 pm

    Why would UH Not want June Jones? Maybe because he quit on his last team which was probably the worst team inFBS football. His offense is totally outdated because you can’t win now without a running attack and Often multiple tight ends. O

  10. Homom January 10, 2016 7:03 pm

    in other news, Hodad has no idea what he’s talking about. He knows just enough to say things that sort of make sense, but really, he knows nothing.

  11. Fletcher Lee January 10, 2016 8:10 pm

    Anyways, still don’t know how you can be 5’7″ 180 acting like you’re 6’0″ 250. If you’re gonna be funny be funny, not funny looking.

  12. EwaEwa January 10, 2016 8:13 pm

    My biggest question is why hasnt Kapolei done better in Football after all these years. They probably are in the top 3 high schools sending out D1 talent every year yet the team under achieves. JJ needs to be the head coach to see some real results.

  13. Fletcher Lee January 10, 2016 8:34 pm

    Jones might just be there along for the ride contributing his valuable input. He doesn’t need to be making chump change dealing with a barrage of extracurriculars flying at him from all directions. He can focus just on offense.
    Hernandez can absorb the extracurriculars, he’s good at it, especially ’cause he’s the History teacher @ campus all day. Black and Aqua hurricane animal by night!

  14. Fletcher Lee January 10, 2016 8:38 pm

    Don’t doubt the plastic toothpick in the mouth…. Good things are on the way for Hurricane football!

  15. EwaEwa January 10, 2016 9:23 pm

    2015 Football Season JJ was at St. Louis:
    June Jones + Cal Lee + Vinne Pasas + Tuaman + Kobayashi = Best Offense ever in Hawaii High school History. They made Mililani’s offense look silly.

    …wait a sec, 1st year Kahuku Coach, Vae Tata schooled them with Defense. Hmmmmmmm…
    …agree, JJ is a wash. Tata knows how to shut down the run-n-shoot.

  16. Fletcher Lee January 11, 2016 11:35 pm

    Malo e lelei
    He’ikai fe’unga ke’ilo ha lea ‘etaha
    Toki sio!

  17. Ua Ova Lou Taimi January 13, 2016 1:10 pm

    JJ won’t make any difference. He and his system are a wash!!!

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