HANAPEPE — Coaching football is an adventure that takes you down a rocky road of slopes and hills.
‘Aiea pee wee Pop Warner assistant coach Wayne Tuisalo’o knows this all too well.
With the Eagles down from the start of the contest, it was evident that Lihu’e overmatched the O’ahu champions.
But Tuisalo’o didn’t let the disadvantage get to him or his team. After numerous plays, the Eagles coach cornered almost every player and offered advice, which will become extremely valuable in the future.
“This game isn’t over by all means,” Tuisalo’o said after the team fell behind early on.
His many years of coaching have taught him that there’s a lot to learn from losing, and the team that learns the most will eventually become a winner.
As the Eagles headed off the field for a post-game chat with the coaches, Tuisalo’o congratulated Lihu’e, while mentioning to his team that there’s always next time.
And for ‘Aiea, the next time is next season, with coach Tuisalo’o by their side once again.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org