CLEARING THE CLIPBOARD
KOIDE HIRED AS McKINLEY SOFTBALL COACH
Tracie Koide is the new McKinley softball head coach, according to Tigers athletic director Bob Morikuni.
Koide is a former Aiea head coach and former Na Alii softball player, and she replaces Pat Tupinio, who was the Tigers’ head coach for two seasons.
“Tracie and her staff have been doing an awesome job since she’s been hired,” Morikuni said. “They’re working hard on the field and a whole lot of girls have been coming out to participate. She is well organized and passionate and has energized the program.”
INAFUKU PICKED AS NEW ‘IOLANI BOYS VOLLEYBALL COACH
Former Kamehameha and Stanford volleyball standout Jordan Inafuku is the new boys volleyball head coach at ‘Iolani, according to Raiders athletic director Wendell Look.
Inafuku was a member of the NCAA Division I championship Cardinal team in 2010. He previously served as an assistant for Polytechnic School in Pasadena, Calif. He is also a graduate of the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law and works as an attorney at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP in Honolulu.
Inafuku, who takes over for Sean Carney, is a club coach with Spike & Serve. Carney, a 2004 ‘Iolani graduate, spent one year as the Raiders’ head coach and stepped down due to a move to the mainland.
WAIALUA WILL NOT HAVE JV FOOTBALL TEAM THIS YEAR
Waialua will not field a junior varsity football team this season and all of the Bulldogs’ scheduled JV games go in the books as forfeit wins for opponents, according to Oahu Interscholastic Association football coordinator Harold Tanaka.
Also, all of the Waialua varsity game times will be played earlier than the normal 7:30 (Fridays) and 6:30 (Saturdays) OIA varsity start times.
Waialua’s new varsity start times for the season are below.
>> Saturday, Aug. 13: vs. Kaimuki, 5 p.m., at Kaiser Stadium
>> Saturday, Aug. 27: Kalani at Waialua, 5 p.m.
>> Friday, Sept. 2: Pearl City at Waialua, 6 p.m.
>> Saturday, Sept. 10: Kalaheo at Waialua, 5 p.m.
>> Friday, Sept. 16: Waialua at Roosevelt, 6 p.m.
>> Friday, Sept. 23: Waipahu at Waialua, 6 p.m.
>> Saturday, Oct. 8: Waialua vs. McKinley, 4 p.m., at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium
AIEA JV TEAM FORFEITS OPENER; VARSITY START TIME CHANGED
Due to a lack of players available for its opening game Friday night at Nanakuli, the Aiea junior varsity team is forfeiting the contest, according to OIA football coordinator Harold Tanaka.
Aiea is expected to have enough players to play its other games for the rest of the season, Tanaka added.
Due to the JV forfeit, the Aiea at Nanakuli varsity game on Friday will start earlier than originally scheduled — at 6 p.m. instead of 7:30.
GRILHO’S STATUS WITH WAIANAE BASEBALL IS UNKNOWN
It’s not known if Waianae baseball coach Walter Grilho, who was placed on leave for undisclosed reasons in April, will return for the 2017 season.
Asked on Wednesday if the school has a varsity baseball coach at this time, new athletic director Kekoa Kaluhiokalani said, “We don’t have one right now.”
Kaluhiokalani declined to give details about Grilho being on leave and said that the school will be hiring a coach and that it could be anyone. He did not rule out the possibility that Grilho would return.
Spokesperson Lindsay Chambers of the Department of Education’s communications department wrote that the DOE is not allowed to discuss details of personnel matters.
Hawaii Prep World’s attempts to reach Grilho via cellphone have been unsuccessful so far.
SAINT LOUIS’ SLADE-MATAUTIA WAS KEPT OUT OF MILILANI GAME
Saint Louis senior linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia did not play in the Crusaders’ partial game against Mililani last Friday.
According to Crusaders head coach Cal Lee, Slade-Matautia did not meet the ILH’s protocol for minimum number of practices in full pads. Apparently, Slade-Matautia missed some practices due to a family trip. He should be ready for Saint Louis’ game at Hilo on next Saturday,