Hawaii Preparatory Academy has a new football coach.
Former star two-way lineman Daniel Te’o-Nesheim is the man in charge, Ka Makani athletic director Steve Perry confirmed this week.
“We are excited to have Daniel step up to the head coaching position,” Perry wrote in an email to Hawaii Prep World. “His experience at HPA, at the University of Washington, and in the NFL will prove valuable as he leads the team starting next fall. His passion for the sport, love of the game, and understanding of the game’s fundamentals will help Daniel energize the boys to get better each and every day.”
Te’o-Nesheim was an assistant under Jordan Hayslip, who was Hawaii Prep’s head man since 2009. Hayslip will continue as the school’s baseball coach.
Hayslip, according to Perry, stepped down from the football position due to personal reasons.
Te’o-Nesheim, who graduated from HPA in 2005, was the University of Washington’s defensive MVP in 2007 and he was a team captain and made the All-Pac-12 second team as a defensive end in 2008 and 2009. He also spent time in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.