Vince Nihipali is the new Moanalua football head coach, Na Menehune athletic director Joel Kawachi said Tuesday.
Nihipali was Mililani’s defensive coordinator under Rod York for three seasons and was a defensive coordinator for Campbell before that.
Nihipali takes over for the outgoing Savaii Eselu, who was hired as the tight ends coach at San Diego State.
Moanalua went 10-2 last season and won its first OIA Division I title, edging Leilehua 21-20 in double overtime for the championship. Na Menehune lost to eventual finalist ‘Iolani in the state tournament. Eselu went 27-16 in four seasons as head coach of Na Menehune.
Mililani’s York, even though he now has to figure out who among his deep staff will fill into the DC slot, was glad Nihipali landed his first head coaching job.
“Vince is a student of the game,” York said Tuesday afternoon. “He knows how to dissect films and schemes. He does his homework very well. It’s a different beast being the head coach because you’ve got a lot more duties you gotta attend to. But he runs a successful drywall business and this is not his first rodeo. He’s very experienced.”
Nihipali played high school football for Kamehameha, graduating in 1990.
This story will be updated.