Waianae is looking for a new football coach.
Seariders athletic director Kekoa Kaluhiokalani said Thursday the school is looking to go in a new direction. Walter Young, who replaced Danny Matsumoto four years ago, is out after posting a 26-22 overall record.
Kaluhiokalani said the decision was made a few weeks ago and since that time, 20 applications for the job have poured in, including four from the mainland.
In the first year of the OIA-ILH Open Division alliance, the Seariders finished with a 1-8 overall record, including 1-4 in the OIA Open. They did not make the playoffs.
Young, a 1998 graduate of Waianae, was an assistant under Matsumoto for 11 seasons and was also the head coach of the Seariders’ junior varsity team for two years before taking over as head varsity coach in 2015.
He took the Seariders to the semifinals of the state tournament in each of his first three years and nearly upset heavily favored Kahuku in 2017, losing 10-7.
“I want to thank Walter for his service to the Waianae football program, for sure,” Kaluhiokalani said. “We appreciate what he has done.”