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Saint Louis School fires head football coach

By Paul Honda

LAST UPDATED: 04:27 a.m. HST, Dec 14, 2013

Saint Louis football coach Matt Wright confirmed Thursday afternoon that he will no longer be the football coach and that the school will make an official announcement today.

Wright said that he's disappointed and that he still loves the school and the football program. He added that he won't comment on the situation until the official announcement.

It was the second piece of bad news for Wright in one week. Earlier, he was removed from his full-time job in the school's developmental office, told that it was under restructuring.

Wright took over in 2012 when then-coach Darnell Arceneaux suddenly departed. The Crusaders were 6-4 in Arceneaux's final season and the school pointed toward Wright, an assistant coach, as his successor.

After his last game, a season-ending loss to Punahou on Oct. 27, 2011, Arceneaux said this: "We have high expectations every year at Saint Louis and it's tough. It'll continue to be like that."

Wright was not initially interested in the top job, but gradually warmed up to it. Saint Louis went 6-3 this season, 4-2 in the tough Interscholastic League of Honolulu. They gave eventual ILH and state champion Punahou its closest game, a 35-32 win by the Buffanblu.

Saint Louis finished this season ranked No. 5 in the Star-Advertiser Top 10.

In two seasons, Wright was 11-8, including 8-5 in ILH play.

Saint Louis has been in the media recently because of financial issues.

Wright, 34, has a degree in psychology with a background in finance. He is a graduate of 'Iolani School.

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Hodad wrote:
St. Louis is as big a cluster**** as Hawaii.
on December 12,2013 | 02:04PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Hodad, can you explain your opinion on St. Louis and Hawaii?
on December 12,2013 | 03:48PM
Hodad wrote:
Administrative turnover is continual as is coaching.
on December 12,2013 | 04:56PM
Anonymous wrote:
Hire U H coach, Norm Chow....he would be a good fit
on December 12,2013 | 05:20PM
808warriorfan wrote:
I understand what "Hodad" is trying to say.....the quality of play in the ILH is no longer dominated by one school. Obviously Punahou had an awesome year & Kamehameha under 1st year coach Doug Cosbie did better than expected. It's gotten to be a league where no one team can dominate and from a fans prospective that's great. Too bad STL has that win every year or else mentality.....
on December 12,2013 | 06:06PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Crusaders, what more do you want from a coach, can't win every year!
on December 12,2013 | 02:04PM
PinkSushi wrote:
Bdpapa, that just goes to show how serious St Louis is about winning. I never heard that quote from Darnell before. I think St Louis has only one state football championship in the last 10 years, and only because Kahuku was disqualified from competing. They came close 3 other times, but lost in the most cruel, gut wrenching ways. St Louis still recruits, just not as much as they did mid 1980s to 2000.
on December 12,2013 | 04:08PM
jtamura69 wrote:
St Louis has always put athletics ahead of everything else, even education.
on December 12,2013 | 02:20PM
syhud wrote:
St. Louis is done with being a powerhouse in high school football. Amen!
on December 12,2013 | 03:03PM
Papakolea wrote:
No way. The alumni association is in the driver's seat now since they co-signed the school's loan. They will do whatever it takes to win the championship.
on December 12,2013 | 03:09PM
HOSSANA wrote:
So what happens when or if S.L. ever does win a championship!! How many of their athletes will get to go to college?? Geezus, they won't have that opportunity because their scores won't qualify them to get scholarships unlike the athletes at Punahou.......or maybe they can be like the graduates of Kam schools...go on into the HPD or become entertainers......ha..ha..ha....
on December 12,2013 | 05:15PM
Eradication wrote:
Based on your ASSumption of Kamehameha Schools you obviously have little education yourself or else you would have learned how to research your comments before sticking your foot in your mouth. Your moniker speaks for itself...ha, ha, ha...
on December 12,2013 | 07:54PM
HOSSANA wrote:
typical kamehameha graduate...can't even spell......ha..ha..ha...
on December 12,2013 | 10:20PM
HanamauluBoy wrote:
It's Kamehameha...not Kam!
on December 12,2013 | 09:12PM
eros_et_logia wrote:
Name the last Saint Louis football athlete who had to grayshirt or go the JC route. Hasn't happened in over a half a decade. That's more than 20 FBS prospects.
on December 13,2013 | 01:08AM
PinkSushi wrote:
Paulay Asiata flunked out of Colorado, as did Sam Taulealea. Kalei Aleula was denied admission to Washington.
on December 13,2013 | 03:02AM
kailua000 wrote:
yeah, now its all about Punahou. who can afford to pay more for their athletes! Punahou wins!
on December 12,2013 | 04:01PM
PinkSushi wrote:
And how do you know Punahou recruits? Do you work in their Office of Admissions? Punahou had to scratch and claw and fight hard to win this year. Mililani took them the wire. Best Punahou team I ever seen in my life. I really believe they could have beaten UH this year. Several of their players could start for UH right now. Other Punahou players won't even consider UH when choosing a college. No way Semisi Uluave or Canton Kaumatule go to UH.
on December 12,2013 | 04:13PM
Anonymous wrote:
Would you like to wager that Punahou will beat UH. Put your money where you big mouth is. Too bad U H won't be able to play..lucky you.
on December 12,2013 | 05:23PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
You say Punahou don't recruit, but have Kamatule and Uluave, good old school family names. Haha.
on December 12,2013 | 05:26PM
kaeleku wrote:
Who are the players and families that Punahou houses on their property?
on December 13,2013 | 05:37AM
wlsc wrote:
well said!!
on December 13,2013 | 04:59AM
PinkSushi wrote:
yeah, no way, this firing shows how serious St Louis is about winning Hawaii state football championships. They are not done being a football powerhouse. Not at all.
on December 12,2013 | 04:15PM
HOSSANA wrote:
St. Louis days as a power in local football circles are long gone but its firing of its head coaches (2 within the last 3 yrs) exemplifies the school's direction which is disheartening. I assumed that when Pat Hamamoto took over as head of the school, I believe its Principal of the h.s. division, there would be a stronger emphasis on academics but even their curriculum has been questionable and now with their financial problems and subsequent firing of their football coach, it leaves the school much to be desired and certainly an embarrassment within the educational community. Iolani H.S. represents the finest in academics and athletics and I'm sure St. Louis is trying to emulate but they lack the leadership and now with the St. Louis alumini assoc. co-signing their consolidated loan, it will only get worse with people in that group micromanaging the entire structure of the school. Pathetic.
on December 12,2013 | 03:44PM
makiki123 wrote:
Pat Hamamoto was a terrible School Superintendent and it was bewildering why St. Louis hired her. When things got tough in her position with the State, she left. During her tenure nothing changed in the DOE and the bureaucracy kept growing with no improvement in student achievement.
on December 12,2013 | 04:14PM
busterb wrote:
Can't forget what she and Duke did for the public schools. Then StL hired them? Makes you wonder. I hope StL makes a comeback soon. A strong StL is a strong ILH.
on December 12,2013 | 04:39PM
luv2play wrote:
agreed. And STL has a great parking structure. I thought things were looking up.
on December 12,2013 | 04:58PM
808west wrote:
maybe kaiser might be losing its coach too.
on December 12,2013 | 04:44PM
luv2play wrote:
Hmm, maybe, but wouldn't it be more likely Miano waits a year and goes after UH job? Not sure he'd want to walk into the STL situation.
on December 12,2013 | 04:59PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Please don't mention Miano moving up or being the H.C. at UH. Every time his name is mentioned, I want to REGURGITATE.
on December 12,2013 | 05:10PM
PinkSushi wrote:
losing a coach, as in Rich Miano moving up to a higher level of play, but not firing Rich Miano as St Louis did with Matt Wright. Rich Miano is hands down, Hawaii coach of the year, in any varsity sport. Look at all the kids who found ways to get into Kaiser because they wanted to play for him. The Kaiser football program will die if Rich Miano leaves, same thing that happened when Ron Lee left. Radford never been the same ever since John Velasco went make.
on December 12,2013 | 05:01PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
St.Louis has a great tradition in football. So it needs a new coach. Someone that would win. It's simple people. Move on.
on December 12,2013 | 05:30PM
LKK56 wrote:
St. Louis should seriously consider going co-ed. Changing coaches constantly, where is the traditions. Losing by just three points to Punahou, just some bad breaks. This school needs to establish priorities and know where they are going.
on December 12,2013 | 05:31PM
nippy68 wrote:
St.louis alum probably wants a alumni to head the team. Just my thoughts.
on December 12,2013 | 05:36PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
St.Louis ..... There's some UH coaches looking for a job. Make Chow an offer he can't refuse.
on December 12,2013 | 06:19PM
false wrote:
These posts show how Honolulu is such a small, country bumpkin place when high school football is so important. You can leave the plantation but it can't leave you.
on December 12,2013 | 06:43PM
OldDiver wrote:
Guess you are not familiar with Texas high school football.
on December 12,2013 | 06:51PM
busterb wrote:
Of Florida, or Ohio, or Penn, or California...
on December 12,2013 | 08:21PM
808warriorfan wrote:
on December 12,2013 | 10:17PM
Pookie_Baby wrote:
Stutzman or Gesser
on December 12,2013 | 06:53PM
Anonymous wrote:
6-3 in the division that produced the state champions ain't too shabby. I guess the alumni association won't be satisfied without the trophy.
on December 12,2013 | 07:01PM
clan4irish wrote:
To the RESCUE! Cal, Ron, Vinnie, Darnell? Happy days are here again...........
on December 12,2013 | 08:54PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Speaking of Vinnie Passas...I wonder how this affects him; he's got a great protege in Ryder Kuhns...hopefully a future Rainbow Warrior...THE KID IS GOOD !!!!!
on December 12,2013 | 10:18PM
Something terrible must have happened. Don't' know yet. I don't think S.L. gotta win all of the time not a poor loser.mmmmmmmmmmm
on December 12,2013 | 08:59PM
Anonymous wrote:
What happened is that the alumni association co-signed their loan to pull the school out of the fire. Now the alumni association is demanding a championship.
on December 12,2013 | 10:51PM
PokeStop wrote:
Someone was banging the AD's daughter! Oh that was the last coach!
on December 13,2013 | 07:50AM
Anonymous wrote:
Wright went from 5-5 in his first year to 6-3 in his second...and he gets canned???? Note that the alumni association co-signed the loan last week, the Wright gets the ax from his job in the development office this week as well as gets canned from the coaching job. Could it be that he wasn't kow-towing to the AA?
on December 12,2013 | 10:55PM
eros_et_logia wrote:
They've produced 9 FBS prospects in the last TWO SEASONS. If this was the Mainland, Wright would've been fired before his first season completed.
on December 13,2013 | 01:03AM
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