Star-Bulletin Sports

Tuesday, June 26, 2001


Punahou hires a
familiar name as
girls track coach

Dan Tuttle III has coached
the Buffanblu before

By Dave Reardon

Dan Tuttle III is the new head girls track and field coach at Punahou School.

Well, not really that new.

This will be Tuttle's second go-round at the post. Under his leadership from 1981 to 1990, the Buffanblu won all 10 league and state team championships. Tuttle, who teaches eighth grade science at Punahou, had been an assistant coach for the Buffanblu since voluntarily stepping down.

"We're just thrilled to death to have someone like that available," Punahou athletic director Tom Holden said. "Any time you can find someone on the teaching staff with credentials and willingness to put in that kind of time, it's great. We stopped there. We didn't have to go any further. He's quite a guy."

Tuttle, 46, is a 1973 Punahou graduate. He has a degree in physical education and biology from Willamette University in Oregon. He began teaching at Punahou in 1978.

He said he expects the job to be challenging, but his familiarity with the program and the position will help.

"I don't think there are that many differences between now and then, but it is kind of back to the future," Tuttle said. "I'm looking forward to it. I just really enjoy coaching and I'm glad to have another opportunity."

Tuttle replaces Steve Link, who resigned voluntarily last month after leading Punahou to the state championship. During Link's 11 years as head coach, Punahou won eight girls state titles and all 11 Interscholastic League of Honolulu championships.

The Buffanblu have won 36 consecutive ILH titles.

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