Pohai Lee close to becoming Baldwin coach

It’s not official, but former Damien athletic director and Kaiser football assistant Pohai Lee is likely to become the next Baldwin football coach, sources told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep World on Thursday.

If it becomes official, Lee will succeed Kaneke Pacheco, who spent two years as the head coach.

When contacted Thursday morning, Baldwin High athletic director Kahai Shishido said that the Bears are close to hiring a new coach, but did not confirm that it was going to be Lee.

Lee, whose real name is Thomas Pohaikealoha Lee, played for Saint Louis and was a member of the 1983 Oahu Prep Bowl champion Crusaders.

Lee is the nephew of Saint Louis head coach Cal Lee and assistant Ron Lee and the son of former Montana Western head coach Tommy Lee.

Shishido said Pacheco stepped down for personal reasons and “did a fine job” during his time as head coach.


  1. Mauian5 June 4, 2015 10:57 am

    According to Baldwin football players, they had a meeting in school on tuesday
    With AD Shishido and he told them that Coach Pohai Lee is there new head coach.
    Why say it’s not official when kids were told he is the new head coach and will meet
    him on monday.

  2. PinkSushi June 4, 2015 10:43 pm

    What are Baldwin’s realistic expectations every year? Just make it to the state football tournament or win it? I say only 4 Oahu schools have a chance to win it all every year.

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