Abu Maafala told Hawaii Prep World on Monday that he is a candidate for the Kamehameha football head coaching job.
Maafala is a former standout defensive lineman for Kamehameha and Cal.
“I have not heard anything officially,” Maafala said. “They (the Warriors administration) said they will be in contact and let me know either way.”
Multiple trusted sources close to Kamehameha believe Maafala is going to be named as head coach, but that could not be confirmed.
A call and an email to athletic director Glennie Adams on Monday morning were not returned by noon. Kamehameha is closed for Prince Kuhio Day, so it is highly likely that Adams has the day off.
Hawaii Prep World confirmed one other candidate. Dennis McKnight, the former Hawaii assistant who was a Kamehameha assistant under Doug Cosbie last season, said Monday that he applied for the job, but that he was never called for an interview.
Hawaii Prep World could not confirm whether Rich Miano, another former Hawaii assistant and former Kaiser head coach, or former Kamehameha head coach David Stant are official candidates.
Miano texted Hawaii Prep World that he would “rather not comment.” When the job first opened, Miano said he intended to apply.
Stant spent six years as the Warriors’ head coach from 2007 to ’12 and captured Interscholastic League of Honolulu and state Division I titles in 2009. He left to take a coaching job in Japan and is still living in that country, according to sources, who also said he interviewed for the Kamehameha job.
Cosbie, the former star tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, took over for Stant and resigned in December to take care of family and business matters in California.
Maafala is a coach at West Liberty University in West Virginia. He coached linebackers for three seasons and has been the special teams coordinator, and running backs, tight ends and wide receivers coach for the past two seasons.
“This is something that my wife and I talked about as worthy of applying for,” Maafala said via cellphone Monday. “Kamehameha and college has given so much to the both of us and we want to give back. That’s something we describe as our mission.”
Maafala graduated from Kamehameha in 2002, played for Cal through 2006 and played in the 2007 Hula Bowl.