Lon Passos said Tuesday that he stepped down from his post as the Radford football coach.
Passos spent the last three seasons as the Rams’ coach and went 3-24, including 2-8 this season.
Passos’ career goal is to be an athletic director at a Hawaii public high school, and he said there are classes and other training that he would have to complete before he could be considered for a position.
“Long story short, I want to try and go the AD route,” he said Tuesday night via cellphone. “There might be some openings coming up. Gotta go to classes and take tests and I didn’t want to be a distraction for the football program.”
Passos was an assistant under former coach Fred Salanoa, who left after leading Radford to the state Division II championship in 2015. That team was filled with seniors, and the talent level of 2016 took a big drop.
The Rams’ two wins this year came against Kailua 19-0 and Nanakuli 29-22. Three of the eight losses were by 35 points or more and were against teams that were ranked in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Top 10 at one time or another — ‘Iolani, Leilehua and Moanalua.
In the two seasons before that, Radford was playing against some of the teams that have moved up to the Open Division.
Passos was an offensive line coach for Radford from 1997 through 2015, when the Rams capped a 13-0 season. He was also the Radford softball coach from 2001 to ’03, the Rams’ baseball head coach from 2000 to ’10 and an assistant baseball coach from 1997 to ’99. He is also a math teacher, and he has been an assistant athletic director at the school for more than five years.
“Whoever they hire, I will help them out behind the scenes,” Passos said. “I’m going to miss coaching in general. That’s going to be the hard part. I told the kids that leaving them is the hardest part.”
After many years as an assistant, Passos said he was glad to find out what being a head coach entailed. The extra work, he added, was something he got used to and enjoyed.
“There’s a lot more responsibility being a head coach,” he said. “An assistant pretty much takes care of his one area. Being a head coach was enjoyable.”