Roosevelt hoops coach steps down after incident

Roosevelt girls basketball coach Chad Kaihe has resigned, athletic director John Chung confirmed Monday.

Kaihe was in his second season as head coach. The former Nanakuli junior varsity coach was hired after longtime coach Hinano Higa stepped down before the 2016-17 season.

Roosevelt is 1-1 in Oahu Interscholastic Association regular-season play after a forfeit by Kailua and a 51-49 loss to Kaiser.

Two weeks ago, Roosevelt played in the Sacred Hearts Invitational preseason tournament. After the team’s last game, a 48-29 win over Waipahu, a tournament official said that Kaihe was assaulted by a player’s father in the parking lot. HPD was called to the scene. Chung said he was not aware of any charges pressed.

Chung, a longtime boys basketball coach at Roosevelt, is the interim girls coach and will likely remain the coach for the remainder of the season. Chung coached the team’s game last week.

Roosevelt will host Kahuku on Wednesday.

Kaihe was not available for comment.


  1. roughriders99 December 11, 2017 9:08 pm

    First of all, how did they find this coach last year?

    Second, parents have no right to threaten coaches at any level or sport. If parents have a problem with the coach then they should go straight to the AD. It all starts with the person who hires the coaches.

    Third, you shouldn’t hire a coach with only JV level experience. He/she should have at least 5+ years of varsity level experience.

  2. asksomeone December 11, 2017 10:13 pm

    people should know the whole story before you assume anything. The parent did post his concerns to the AD but nothing was done. The problems was not just this year it started from last year so like I said know the whole story or don’t comment on who is right or who was wrong

  3. Keahipono December 12, 2017 1:13 am

    So just because the parent took their concerns to the AD and nothing was done…it gives the parent the right to assault the coach?

  4. Mika December 12, 2017 6:26 am

    It doesn’t matter what was or was not brought up to the AD. At NO time is it ever okay to resort to physical violence to resolve an issue. Most coaches do not get paid enough money to do what they do and to have to deal with IGNORANT PARENTS!!! They coach because they love the sport and want to have a positive influence on our keiki. Coaching is not all about winning games it’s about teaching life lessons along the way!!!

  5. kennie1933 December 12, 2017 8:08 am

    Wholeheartedly agree with Mika. Coaches put in hours of personal time for their teams and in no way are the compensated enough monetarily. If the parent is unhappy with the coaches procedures, go to the AD or even the principal, but not directly to the coach. And if still not happy, there’s other schools out there where you child can be the star! Right?

  6. Rough Enuff December 12, 2017 8:37 am

    Here are the problems I see. At its core, no one is allowed to physically assault anyone for any reason.

    1) Hinano quit on the kids cuz they had minimal talent.

    2) Hinano and Bob (808 Basketball) sit in the stands and try to coach the kids. Who does that?

    3) AD Chung allows the parents to yell and harass this coach and does nothing. It’s embarrassing to see.

    4) If Hinano had integrity she would not have quit on the kids or she would be supporting them from the stands.

    5) The parents are ignorant for sitting with thes coaches in the stands and listening to them. What have they accomplished? Always getting eliminated early in states with stacked teams.

    So the dad jumps out of his car after the Roosevelt vs. Waipahu game cuz his daughter didn’t start. Roosevelt still won by 20. All the kids paid. He attacks the coach while kids watch. That dad is a total mess.

    Then he doesn’t have the balls to tell the truth saying he got attacked and it was self defense. Buddy, u unbuckled your seatbelt and jumped out of the car. You provoked it cuz you’re a coward. If you were really tough, man up Mr. Gabriel and tell the truth. It was not self defense. You attacked the coach which is why you’re no longer allowed at games and will soon be arrested for assault if you haven’t been already.

    You are a poor role model. You have no business being around kids. And no one in the Basketball community feels sorry. Coach Bob and Hinano, I hope you grow up and realize that you’re also culpable for what happened since you lit the fuse. Always sitting in the stands saying how bad the coach is or how much better you could do. That’s so sad for the kids.

  7. Rough Enuff December 12, 2017 9:30 am

    1) Do I think Coach Chad is the best coach? No, but he’s a good man.

    2) Do I believe someone should have been hired with more experience? Possibly, but the pool of applicants were low. Who would you have hired? Coach Simon who threatened kids from his Eastsidaz Club if they played for Kaiser then he would remove them from his club?

    3) Do I think Coach Chad Should press charges? Absolutely! Parents and especially this parent should be taught a lesson. Fighting is never okay, especially when the parent was never in danger. He left his car. He initiated violence around children. That is bad.

    4) Do I think Coach Hinano and Coach Bob should be banned from Roosevelt games? Probably not. But it’s quite embarrassing for them that they need to resort to sitting in the stands and trying to coach the Roosevelt kids from 50-80 feet away. Personally, I would never allow my daughter to play on a team that either of them coached regardless of all the good they do on occasion.

    5) Do I think John Chung needs to be proactive? Yes he does! He needs to meet with the parents to let them know this kind of behavior along with having Twitter wars with the coach, sending inappropriate emails to other parents will not be tolerated. Also, if parents get unruly then he needs HPD who are on duty to give them a warning or escort them out of the gym.

    This is a very sad day for basketball. I have nieces who play for this program. I played for Coach Chung back in the day. I know the story for the past 1.5 years and I have talked to witnesses who saw Coach Chad with HPD for several hours in addition to having seen Coach Chad in the ambulance being checked out.

    I really hope Mr. Gabriel spends several nights of not months in the penitentiary so he can be held accountable for his actions.

    I also hope Coach Chad files a civil suit against Mr. Gabriel.

  8. Rough Enuff December 12, 2017 11:02 am

    RR4LIFE, it’s people like you who create the kid of culture where parents feel they can strike another human being.

    I trust my sources who told me that Coach Hinano left Roosevelt for a lack of talent.

    Also, I have been told by parents of kids who attend Roosevelt that their kids that Coach Hinano told several of them to change schools and attend Kaimuki. What kind of person does that? She uses Roosevelt’s gym for their clinic and tries to get some kids to switch schools. How ethical is that?

    You just be really deaf. I have been to numerous games and they both yell at the kids. There are tons of fans who can educate you that this is happening since people have eyes and ears.

    And you’re glad a coach got beat up? This just shows how ignorant you are. You are clearly a caveman who thinks archaic ways of acting is acceptable in today’s world. Well sorry, it’s not which is why the parent got banned from future games and will be arrested.

    And it’s easy to compete for states when you have tons of talent. But when the talent isn’t there, Hinano is nowhere to be seen. That tells me a lot.

    A real coach would have stayed and invested in the kids who need quality coaching. But the again can she coach if she doesn’t have a lot of talent? I’m guessing no which is why they only invite the most talented kids who attend 808 but not good kids who aren’t as talented. It’s sad but true.

  9. Concerned December 12, 2017 11:17 am

    RRFL, so Hinano left because of the parents? And so she had concerns about the same parents that coach Chad has dealt with? But somehow he’s the problem?

  10. Rough Enuff December 12, 2017 12:44 pm

    Good catch CONCERNED. That’s great point. So you are saying that Hinano knew some parents are nuts. Then Chad inherited these nuts parents, and it’s his fault? That’s absurd.

    Problem is some parenting is pathetic. The talent level isn’t that good so they are about the level they should be at.

    No other coach would be winning that much more. That’s why Hinano left. I stand by that.

  11. Falcon Future December 12, 2017 2:06 pm

    Rough Enuff, thank you for the background info. You are right, the parent that assaulted the coach needs to be held accountable. He already accomplished one of his goals by getting the coach to quit. I don’t blame the coach one bit for quitting but he should also press charges, especially if it took ambulance workers to check him out.

    I feel sorry for the girl with the father causing all these problems. She must be so shame. I have no idea how good she is but she definitely not getting any college coaches to offer her after this incident.

  12. Innocent Bystander December 12, 2017 4:14 pm

    I was heading to Sacred Hearts right when it just happened. Mililani was going to play. A friend of mine, who is a parent of a former Mililani player was outside on the phone. When I was about to walk in, my friend and another gentleman was pulling the parent off the coach. It was very sad to see. Right after that the parent left.

    1) There were 5 police officers who showed up.
    2) Coach was being interview by a female cop.
    3) Coach was then writing his statement on a form using a clipboard.
    4) He was with the police officer for approximately 120 minutes.
    5) After the 60-75 minute mark, Coach was seen entering into the ambulance. After 10-15 minutes he exited.
    6) 2 girls wearing Roosevelt Uniforms were filling our witness forms or whatever you call it.

    This is what was told to us by the coach and several other coaches.

    1) Coach wanted to start second team.
    2) Thought it would be a good opportunity for the second team players.
    3) Player (H. Gabriel) who normally starts talked to the coach after the game about communication about not starting (don’t remember exactly what was told so i don’t want to misquote).
    4) Team won easily
    5) All kids played a lot
    6) After game while coach was outside, father unbuckled his seatbelt, got out of the car, and pushed coach two times very hard. The second one knocked him down. Father allegedly got on top of coach and started to choke and punch until my buddy and a random gentleman pulled the parent off.

    @ RR4Life Living the Lie, what is wrong with you buddy?

  13. Tragic December 13, 2017 3:58 pm

    Haven’s dad is a chump. Attacking a guy who isn’t looking. Then when the cops come he runs. Then when he’s questions by John Chung he says it’s self defense. What a chicken shit. If he was hard and was a man he would say, “yeah I attacked him” and live with the consequences. Instead he played the coward role and said he got attacked when we all know he didn’t. All tough, big body, with one tank top. And when the po-po rolls up, runs with his tail between his leg. That just shows what one fag he really is. If he was really hard, roll up into a Tijuana bar and pick a fight with a vato. No way he walks out of that one.

  14. Chicken Grease December 14, 2017 4:13 pm

    Parents. Time to start to be honest. You got an ugly baby, then admit you have an ugly baby.

    Your kid don’t have game? Make them concentrate on their school work—the damn and prime reason why the hell they are i. school.

    Physical violence is UNACCEPATABLE and I believe 100% that the coach didn’t start anything in this case. Better hope I’m not on the jury (if it gets to that) for this situation.

  15. Chicken Grease December 14, 2017 4:16 pm



    * in not “i.”

    Maybe I should go back to school—ah, heck with THAT. I did well in school snd college!!!!!

  16. Barbara Doll December 17, 2017 7:38 pm

    Rough Enuff,
    If you have nieces that play for rhs then you should know the truth already. Why are you writing such garbage. You hide behind your words but do you have the balls to talk to the principal or ad Probably not. If your nieces don’t know the truth then they just stupid too. Before you write holier than thou falsehoods, seek the truth from your family. Pathetic you are.

  17. Paul December 31, 2017 8:30 pm

    Bottom line no one should put there hands on another human being.

  18. Sista sista February 27, 2018 11:15 pm

    Rough Enuff. Get it straight or shut up! Psh tour sources?!? Oh please! Coach Hinano goes above and beyond for these kids in and off the court! So until you step it up… shut it up!

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