Martinez steps down at Kaiser

Second-year Kaiser coach Arnold Martinez coached up the Cougars in a game against Campbell. Photo by Darryl Oumi/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Arnold Martinez informed school officials today that he is stepping down as Kaiser football coach.

The Cougars forfeited all but one of their games this season due to low turnout. They were going to play their homecoming game against Moanalua on Sept. 22 before an altercation at the school four days earlier resulted in principal Justin Mew announcing they were canceling the rest of the season.


Martinez, who went 51-51-1 in 11 seasons at Moanalua from 2003-13, was the fifth different head football coach at Kaiser since 2009.


The full breaking news story for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser with a statement from Martinez is available here.

COMMENTS

  1. Education First September 30, 2017 3:28 pm

    I give this guy credit. Regardless if anyone didn’t think he was a good coach, no one deserves to be physically confronted; sent death threats; and harassed over and over again. He has been accused of:

    1) Not allowing a kid to take a picture with a team since he quit

    2) Spending more time with the JV than the Varsity players

    3) Riding with the JV team to games instead of Varsity

    4) Implementing the Word of God too much for some people’s liking.

    I am sure there is more. But if this is all it is, it still doesn’t warrant being treated and physically confronted.

    This is just sad. If this is the worst he has done, it’s not that bad. I didn’t hear anything about striking a child. I didn’t hear anything about using sexist or racist language.

    Every coach is entitled to implement their philosophy of coaching regardless if everyone outside of the staff doesn’t agree.

    Like I said above, this is sad. So many parents are embarrassing and should not be around sports. I do not feel sorry for the 2 adult who had no trespasses put onto them.


  2. Beautu Itchidi September 30, 2017 3:46 pm

    Justin Mew needs to be fired too!


  3. anywaaaays!! September 30, 2017 5:58 pm

    Coach Martinez is a good man and was fired because he brought the word of god into his young players lives. What kind of sick country do we live in where honest god fearing christian men are physically threatened for spreading the truth and trying to save souls? There truly is a war against christians in Hawaii and I wish coach martinez the best as he continues being a soldier of the almighty jesus.

    Sick parents. Sick kids. Sick everybody who wants to punish a man just for believing in the one true savior. The lord above knows who his true servants are. Coach Martinez will be paid back 100 times in heaven.


  4. PlayaHatersAnonymous September 30, 2017 10:49 pm

    Annywayys & special education get a room together and get each others backside! If he wanted to preach be a reverend, he sucked at Coaching, and that’s why he was brought into that school to do. He should have apologized to the Seniors for messing up there season! This is Justin Mew’s fault for bringing in this crap, fire him too! Martinez apply for the Coaching position at New Hope you need it! I hate idiot coaches!


  5. Education First October 1, 2017 6:28 am

    Now he might be the best coach. There might be better coaches. That doesn’t mean he deserves to be physically confronted or threatened.


  6. PlayaHatersAnonymous October 1, 2017 6:58 am

    Special Ed did you not read what had happened, the parents had made complaints before to the principal and ad while the dumb dumb was in his office dodging haveing to answer the people and families who he had vowed to serve, and it wasn’t addressed by the dumb dumbs in decision making for the School. So no action on the schools behalf led to parents taking action! Let this be a real life lesson, Administrators best do something when majority parents make a complain because this is how we get change when politics don’t work in life it takes action, that’s how America got its freedom from tyrant rulers, as what had happened here in this situation. You are really under some rock if you don’t think a physical altercation was going to change anything, well Coach has resigned this should’ve happened before he forfeited the Seniors seasons, which can never be replaced, the wasted time they spent in preparation for forfeits! I’d punch you too if you did this to my kid. And you’d definitely quit existing Specual Ed! I hate having to explain history to Non educated people!


  7. anywaaaays!! October 1, 2017 10:12 am

    The only time Kaiser was ever good was when rich Miano recruited more than the ILH. It’s too bad Kaiser will never have a team anywhere near Kahuku’s worst team. The best you can hope for as a coach in that program is a man of character who can teach the boys that there’s a right way to live life, and that’s through a life of god.

    Playahatersanonymous, I ask you this honestly, brother. Why do you hate God so much? I will pray for you. Just rest assured that Coach Martinez is praying for you as well.


  8. RidgeRunnerE-5 October 1, 2017 11:03 am

    Separation of church and state , people. Legally, No public employee can use their position to push their own personal religious beliefs on others. If he was employed at a privately funded, religious institution, it’d be fine.


  9. anywaaaays!! October 1, 2017 12:58 pm

    The amount of jesus haters in this place is incredible. It’s a good thing Kahuku doesn’t have this problem. RRFL!


  10. EazzehTigah October 1, 2017 2:08 pm

    PlayaHatersAnonymous does you kid even play is your kid any good?? Was your kid the one that couldn’t take a picture with a team that he quit. The player quit making him no longer apart of the team. God and football have been paired together for a long time. Teams pray b4 games no matter the religion. The building of a program starts with the new players so working with the JV is a good thing. The older players have their old ways that may not change in time to play games. The Varsity did not have enough guys to put together a team. A school cannot have a JV team unless it has a varsity team. Martinez took programs like moanalua a basketball/volleyball school to the playoffs. No one deserves this kind of harassment


  11. Education First October 1, 2017 10:13 pm

    RidgeRunnerE-5 October 1, 2017 11:03 am
    Separation of church and state , people. Legally, No public employee can use their position to push their own personal religious beliefs on others. If he was employed at a privately funded, religious institution, it’d be fine.
    ————————
    You are correct. But so many teams across the state take a knee and pray after the game is over. I have to bet not all of the kids are religious but they just do it to be respectful. I don’t see any other parents getting nuts and threatening to hurt the coach.


  12. Education First October 2, 2017 8:32 am

    If you have workouts in the off-season and hardly any varsity players come out, then that shows lack of interest in the varsity program from the school and its community. When you want to fundraise for the varsity and there is minimal interest by the varsity, then what should you do?

    The JV kids were more invested, therefore they were able to fundraise and get the new equipment. If the varsity kids wanted more attention or gear, maybe more of them should have gotten out there. But, alas, they didn’t.

    It’s clear he is investing in the future. Last time I checked, that isn’t a crime. And when you get a program to run which I think is highly doubtful, you can run it however you want. I am not sure if any school would hire a coach named PlayaHatersAnonymous. It’s clear that you are either one of the lazy wanna be varsity kids who didn’t come out. You are taught to blame others instead of being accountable. Or you are a parent who teachers their child to whine and not be accountable.

    He resigned due to death threats. You would never receive a death threat since you hide behind a fake name. At least he has the courage to coach and give his time to coach kids and use his real name.


  13. Kaiser Wilhelm II October 3, 2017 7:23 pm

    All these angry parents have scared him off! Now what? Football team now don’t got a coach!


  14. PlayaHatersAnonymous October 4, 2017 7:23 am

    Special Ed, it doesn’t matter how much you fundraising it’s still the Varsity Team is the priority, Have you ever seen a Kahuku Team show up to a game without their HC because he’s still at a JV game calling the plays? The answer is NO, and Mililani, Campbell, and Lahainaluna HC doesn’t do this unsuccessful type of Coaching and that’s why he is no longer there! Only you no experience in HS coaching type of people think it’s ok. Now you know what not to do!


  15. Education First October 4, 2017 5:48 pm

    PlayaHatersAnonymous October 4, 2017 7:23 am
    Special Ed, it doesn’t matter how much you fundraising it’s still the Varsity Team is the priority, Have you ever seen a Kahuku Team show up to a game without their HC because he’s still at a JV game calling the plays? The answer is NO, and Mililani, Campbell, and Lahainaluna HC doesn’t do this unsuccessful type of Coaching and that’s why he is no longer there! Only you no experience in HS coaching type of people think it’s ok. Now you know what not to do!
    —————–
    Please show me where in the contact it stipulates that? If you look at the OIA coach’s contract is doesn’t even discuss fundraising. And if something was wrong, then why did his boss (the AD) approve the sale of the new equipment then ok him giving it to the JV kids?

    And comparing Kahuku, a team with 50-80 kids at times to a team with 18 or less is just ignorant. Are you that ignorant or are you playing with us?

    He’s not there since he got death threats. It’s not like he did something wrong and his boss fired or removed him. You really are stupid. No wonder you sit behind your name.


  16. Thank you October 5, 2017 11:49 am

    @PlayaHatersAnonymous, Don’t bother arguing with Education First. She is just trying to start an argument. That is what she does. She doesn’t even use her name too. LOL

    She has no facts about what happened at Kaiser and is ignorant about what goes on with Football or any other sport.

    What Coach M. did wrong and what he did; no other Coach or school did or would ever do. Would be too long to explain, but some other people in past comments listed just a fraction of what he did wrong; including lying to the kids.

    Why do you think that towards the end; even the jv parents and boys were not on his side.

    I already confirmed that with numerous Varsity coaches from other schools that what he did was WRONG!

    Why do you think that coaches that were with him at Moanalua no longer want to coach with him. A few of them told me that he never adapted to Hawaii’s culture and can’t relate to the people. I hope he can change for his sake.

    When your coaching staff does not have enough for have a separate jv staff; something is not right. No other school has this problem. Hello!

    As for the fundraising, he would NOT disclose about what happened to all the money that was raised last year. There was a lot of money too.


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