McKinley has a new football coach, and the Tigers did not have to think out of the box to get him.
Pat Silva is a veteran coach and a McKinley alum and will be in charge of trying to turn around the team’s fortunes, according to Tigers athletic director Bob Morikuni.
Silva was the head coach at Roosevelt from 2009 through 2011, where he went 6-26. He was also the head coach at Castle in 1995 and 1996, going 15-6-1 before making way for Nelson Maeda.
“This will be my third and final stop (as a head coach),” said Silva, who quarterbacked the Tigers before graduating in 1975.
“Looking back at those years, it was always my interest to come back and coach at McKinley and lead the football program. That was 44 years ago when I first put on the pads for McKinley and to think that now I’m heading the program.”
Silva plans to meet with his seniors-to-be on Feb. 1.
“Your senior class becomes the leaders for your program,” he said. “They’re the ones who are gonna set the examples. And there’s three things that we will be teaching. One, work hard, and if you work hard good things will happen. Two, no two people are the same, so be the best you can be. The third is making the right decisions. If the senior class does those three things, we stand a really good chance of being successful and that will become the norm for every senior class.”
Silva was the OIA East Player of the Year as a quarterback his junior year and first team as a defensive back his senior year. As a junior, the Tigers won the OIA East and lost to Waianae 13-6 in the OIA title game. Waianae went on to play Saint Louis in the first Prep Bowl. The Crusaders won that one, 6-0, in 1973.
“I can share it with the kids that anything is possible,” Silva said. “The tradition at McKinley is second to none when you look back at history, so they can be proud representing McKinley and what comes with it.
“One of the biggest challenges at McKinley has been getting numbers. I need to convince our guys to get out there and not only be role models, but sponsor others or talk to them and encourage them to come on board. There’s only one way to go and that’s up, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Said Morikini: “We’re happy to have Pat back coaching. We’re heading up in the right direction. Sam (Cantiberos, who stepped down after two seasons) did a good job trying to take us there. Pat will continue to take the program forward.”
The Tigers went 0-16 in Cantiberos’ two seasons, the first in D-I and the second in D-II.
McKinley will be using a brand-new on-campus practice field that eventually, if funding comes through, may become a home stadium.