When his three years were up, Waimea head football coach Liko Pereira said that if he couldn’t bring back the title to the westside, a new crop of coaches should take over.
And Pereira’s third year has flown by this past season, but the Waimea graduate still isn’t ruling out coming back for at least another stint.
“I have a few people trying to change my mind. We really improved from game to game this past season. Our coaching staff did a great job and this was actually the first time in the three years that I’ve had a staff that was intact,” Pereira said.
The Menehune, who won 12 straight KIF titles under Jon Kobayashi, haven’t won a championship since 2003.
However, Waimea was a couple of wins away from this year’s title and with a slew of young talent coming back next season, including junior quarterback Calen Fleming, Pereira might be back next year.
“I’m kind of treading water right now. A part of me wants to step down but another part of me wants to stay. I just appreciate the support I’ve had throughout the school and the community,” Pereira said.
According to Waimea athletic director Jon Kobayashi, the school is opening its doors to new coaches, so if you’d like to be one of the coaches for the Menehune next season, contact him at 338-6804.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or email@example.com.