Coach Rich Miano and his Kaiser football team (5-1, 5-0) are gunning for the OIA White title and looking at possibly making some noise in the state tournament.
Miano is quick to point out how his players are in tip-top condition, and he doesn’t take the credit for it.
“We have the best strength coach in Hawaii in Chad Ikei,” Miano said. “What he does is phenomenal. He spends more time with the the football players than I do. He’s a Kaiser alum and he wants to give back, and he doesn’t get paid for it.”
After a recent win over Nanakuli, Golden Hawks coach Keala Watson — a former University of Hawaii defensive lineman — remarked that Kaiser’s conditioning program was better than anything he has seen previously.
“Keala is exactly right,” Miano said. “Chad also works with NFL guys and college guys who fly over here from the mainland to become bigger, faster and stronger. Our players are really fortunate to be able to work with him.”
Miano mentioned that other community-minded people have donated their time to helping the Kaiser players — in study hall.
“There’s more to being a high school football player than being on the field,” Miano said. “You’ve got to do the work in the classroom, too.”