Arnold Martinez will become the new football head coach at Kaiser, trusted Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep World sources said Thursday.
This will be Martinez’s second head coaching job in Hawaii high school football. He was previously the head man at Moanalua, compiling a 51-51 record in 11 seasons from 2003 to 2013. The sources said Martinez was picked from a list of four candidates who interviewed at Kaiser on Tuesday. They also said that there may be some official paperwork to take care of before Martinez is officially announced as the new head coach. He was not at practice on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Martinez, who did not return a call for comment on Thursday, lives in Hawaii Kai and has a daughter who goes to Kaiser, the sources said.
Over the past two football seasons, Martinez spent time training at the following places:
>> 2014: Seattle Seahawks training camp
>> 2014: Clemson University football team
>> 2014: Army football team
>> 2015: Atlanta Falcons training camp as an assistant linebackers coach under the NFL’s Bill Walsh Coaching Fellowship.
“It’s been a refreshing two years off,” Martinez told Hawaii Prep World earlier this year. “It was an awesome experience to be able to learn from some of the best coaches out there.”
Martinez takes over for Cameron Higgins, who stepped down for career reasons late last month. Richard Torres, the former Kahuku and University of Hawaii defensive back who was an assistant under Higgins, has been running spring drills for the Cougars in the interim. It is not known if Torres will stay on board under Martinez.
Higgins went 9-9 in two season with the Cougars.
One of Martinez’s athletes at Moanalua, defensive tackle Scott Pagano, is a starter at Clemson and played in the Tigers’ loss to Alabama in January’s national championship game.
Martinez was also a former head coach at Solano Community College in California.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep World reporter Paul Honda contributed to this report.