Kalaheo announces football coach Darrell Poole has retired

Darrell Poole has retired after eight season as football coach for the Mustangs. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

Kalaheo High School is accepting applications for its head football coaching position after announcing that Darrell Poole has retired after eight seasons in charge of the Mustangs program.

“Darrell Poole has retired from coaching football at Kalaheo after 7 years as the Head Varsity Football Coach and many years being part of the Mustang Ohana,” the school said in a press release. “Kalaheo would like to thank Coach Poole for all his years of service to our student athletes.”

Poole went 18-54 in his eight seasons as head coach including an 0-10 run this past year while playing in Division II in the OIA. The Mustangs made the OIA D-II playoffs in his first season when they finished 5-5 overall, marking the only time they finished .500 or better.

Kalaheo finished one game out of the playoffs in 2018.

Poole played running back in high school at Waianae and went on to play for the Marine Corps. He was featured as part of our 2019 Glory Days series detailing the playing days of all Hawaii high school football coaches.

The deadline for interested applicants to apply for the vacancy is Friday, Feb. 14. Resumes can be emailed to Kalaheo athletic director Mark Brilhante (mark.brilhante@k12.hi.us) or mailed to the school.


  1. Sione February 4, 2020 11:29 am

    He didn’t retire they forced him to quit

  2. ILoveHawaii February 4, 2020 11:38 am

    Much mahalos. Good luck in your retirement.

    Onward and upward Kalaheo.

  3. ILoveHawaii February 4, 2020 1:04 pm

    18-54 in 8 seasons. I can see why.

    Win Win.

    Kalaheo can start anew and Coach can spend time with his Ohana.

  4. FBFAN February 5, 2020 8:29 am

    Corruption!…. Denying local kids into a public school saying that all classes are full but will take 8 military kids halfway thru the school year
    Military=Federal funding…. wheres the money going??? Not to the school or the kids…. SMH

  5. FBFAN February 5, 2020 8:40 am

    My wife’s nephew played this past year and he said that some kids were told they were ineligible to play in the game the day of the game when they came off the bus so they had to take all there pads off before the game started. Aren’t the kids supposed to be informed a week in advance or a couple days?? Tough job for the coaches cuz now they gotta scramble around to fix the lineups and change gameplan last minute. School needs to get their head out their you know what

  6. ILoveHawaii February 6, 2020 9:34 am

    Wouldnt a kid know if he or she was not doing well in a class??

    I blame the kid.

  7. 1234 February 6, 2020 5:38 pm

    Aren’t there supposed to be grade checks so the kid knows if he’s failing or not??

  8. coconutwireless@gmail.com February 10, 2020 1:56 pm

    Mahalo Coach Poole for the time, family sacrifices, you and your Staff put in to give them Mustangs the best football and life experience they could have. Winning is not the bottom line. it’s especially hard at a basketball school where the skill players choose not to play football.

    Enjoy your retirement!

  9. joshh March 5, 2020 4:31 pm

    out with the old in with the older, Kalaheo welcomes, Castles old Coach Maeda

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