St. Francis football coach Kip Akana resigns
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St. Francis football coach Kip Akana resigns

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    St. Francis Saints head coach Kip Akana during a preseason football scrimmage between the Kaimuki Bulldogs and the St. Francis Saints on Aug. 2, 2017 at Kaimuki High School in Honolulu.

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St. Francis football coach Kip Akana resigned Friday afternoon, head of school Casey Asato announced.

Asato said he is grateful for Akana’s four years of service running the varsity football program. Akana also headed the Saints’ intermediate program from 2012 to 2014.

Akana will continue as head coach of the St. Francis baseball team.

The Saints (1-8) were undefeated this season until it was found they used an ineligible player and had to forfeit all but one of their wins, costing St. Francis a spot in the state tournament.

“After long discussion today with the athletic director and head of school, I decided to resign and spend more time with my family,” Akana said via cellphone Friday afternoon. “I’ll be coaching the baseball team, and we hope to accomplish our goals in baseball.

“Coaching St. Francis football was very challenging and very gratifying. I wouldn’t change anything, because the experiences that we had, the coaches and the kids, those are our lasting memories and I enjoyed my time as head football coach.”

Akana took over as the Saints’ varsity head coach in 2015, and he went 18-19 in four seasons. However, on the field (before forfeits) that record was 26-11.

Two years in a row, rival Damien kept St. Francis from going to the state tournament with 20-12 (2015) and 13-12 (2016) elimination victories.

This year, the Saints were 9-0 with a state-tournament berth locked up until an announcement was made Oct. 19 that they would not be going due to the ineligible player, who turned out to be a fifth-year senior. Pac-Five, a rival Interscholastic League of Honolulu team, competed at states in St. Francis’ place.

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