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Wright to replace Arceneaux as head coach at Saint Louis School

By Paul Honda

LAST UPDATED: 4:41 p.m. HST, Jun 1, 2012

Saint Louis School football coach Darnell Arceneaux has resigned and will be replaced by Crusaders defensive coordinator Matt Wright, several sources confirmed today.

Saint Louis athletic director Ed Paola wouldn't confirm or deny the report. At his office this afternoon, Paola said he would speak with the team before practice, the last one of the spring workouts. Then he plans to talk with parents tonight.

Arceneaux did not return calls from the Star-Advertiser. He had been absent from spring practice for about a week, though he was present on Saturday at Saint Louis for the annual PIAA combine. He gave no hint that there was any issue about his coaching position. 

Players had wondered about their coach's absence. 

"I saw it on the news on the internet," defensive lineman Hoku Lai said of the report, arriving early for this afternoon's practice. "All the players were wondering where he was. I was surprised, actually. I'm not sure. We'll wait and see when everybody comes to practice what the word is."

All-State defensive lineman Kalei Auelua, who recently graduated, was caught offguard.

"What happened? I didn't hear anything," he said. 

As for Wright, he graduated from 'Iolani School in 1998 and was a linebacker for the University of Hawaii from 1998-2002. He started alongside fellow Warriors Chris Brown and Pisa Tinoisamoa.

Arceneaux guided the Crusaders to the 2010 state football championship. It was his second go-round at his alma mater, another brief stay that was two years long. His first stint, in '03, lasted one season; he led Saint Louis to the state final that fall. 

Before returning to Saint Louis, he coached for three years at Mililani, steering the Trojans to the OIA Red title game in '09. He came back to Saint Louis in April of '10  after the school released John Hao. The school had gone through an exhaustive search, offering the position to alum Sam Papalii, then rescinding the offer later that day.

Arceneaux, a former University of Utah quarterback, has three young children and coaches his oldest, a son, in youth sports. 

Saint Louis was 6-4 overall last season and 11-1 in its state-championship season in 2010. Including the 2003 season, Arceneaux's teams were 26-7 in his three years as head coach. 


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