Damien football coach resigns
Brian Derby resigned as Damien Memorial High School's football coach on Monday, and the school announced yesterday that athletic director Wally Aina is the new interim head coach.
Damien was second in Division II of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu last season as running back Kama Bailey set a single-season rushing mark with 2,045 yards. However, in a recent meeting, the school asked Derby to give a long-term commitment.
"I couldn't commit to what Damien wanted. I didn't want to shortchange them," he said.
Derby's offseason is spent partly at Hosei University in Japan, but he said his job as a Honolulu Fire Department captain and his seasonal weekend clinic for offensive linemen had no bearing on the decision.
"Wally wanted to find someone who could be there longer, and I totally respect that. There's no hard feelings at all. I support him 100 percent," Derby said. "My only regret is that it shouldn't have happened this late."
Punahou Aina, a linebackers coach, will be the associate head coach.
"Punahou's a great guy. I recommended him for the job," Derby said. "That way, the transition is fine."
Damien was 2-5 in league play and 3-6-1 overall.
Rainbow Wahine golfers retain lead
The Hawaii women's golf team remained seven shots ahead of second-place Fresno State after posting an impressive second round 302 yesterday at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in Fresno, Calif.
In the individual standings, Wahine sophomore Corie Hou shot a 1-over 73 to maintain her two-stroke lead.
The tournament's final round is today.
Former UH football players to meet
All former University of Hawaii football players are invited to a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the UH athletic complex.
The get-together is free and refreshments will be served. Signs on lower campus will indicate the exact location of the event, which had not been determined yesterday. Call 956-6508 for more information.
Plans for next year include an expanded alumni event including a touch football game.
Garvin hired to Hawaii Bowl post
Daryl Garvin has been named the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Director of Operations, executive director David Matlin announced yesterday.
Garvin previously worked at Coldwell Banker and also worked as an event promoter in Honolulu and several other cities.
"Daryl has 20 years of experience in major event management," Matlin said. "Having produced events that draw tens of thousands of people, his knowledge and experience will be a great asset to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl."
Garvin began his career in Washington, D.C., where he managed the historic Warner Theatre. He later managed the Pier Six Amphitheatre in Baltimore, presenting a series of touring Broadway shows, concerts and festivals throughout the nation.
Nakoa, Fuller to lead Iolani paddling
Assistant coach Chuck Nakoa has been hired to lead the Iolani paddling program, succeeding Brian Yee, who stepped down as head coach after 22 years in the position.
Nakoa, an Iolani graduate, will oversee the boys varsity and junior varsity Division I and II teams.
Another Iolani graduate, Catherine Fuller, was named the girls head coach.
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San Jose State pummels Hawaii-Hilo
After rocking San Jose State starting pitcher Spencer Snodgrass for four runs in the first, the Hawaii-Hilo bats fell silent as the Vulcans eventually fell to the Spartans 13-4 yesterday in a nonconference baseball game at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
Second baseman Michael Higa led the Vulcans (13-22), going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Vulcans in second in golf tournament
The Hawaii-Hilo men's golf team shot a team total of 300 yesterday at the Hawaiian Airlines PacWest Conference Championships at Turtle Bay's Palmer Course.
The Vulcans are in second place and are three shots behind Grand Canyon going into today's final round.