Waianae’s Matsumoto steps down


Daniel Matsumoto, who spent the last 15 years as Waianae’s head football coach, is retiring according to athletic director Glenn Tokunaga.

Matsumoto went 92-70 in 15 seasons with the Seariders and guided them to a state final in 2010, losing 36-13 to a Marcus Mariota-led Saint Louis team.

Matsumoto went 11-2 in his first season in 2000 but failed to win an OIA title in his tenure. The Seariders’ last OIA championship came in 1997.

The Seariders were 5-4 this past season, losing to Farrington in the OIA quarterfinals.

Matsumoto was fourth in the OIA in wins when he retired, behind only Wendell Say of Aiea, Darren Hernandez of Kapolei and Randall Okimoto of Farrington. Only Cal Lee, Wendell Look and Kale Ane from the ILH have more wins.

He retires eight wins shy of becoming just the 26th coach in Hawaii high school history to win 100 games.

Matsumoto spent 10 years as a junior varsity assistant and head coach, and the past four as a varsity assistant.


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