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Paola out as Saint Louis athletic director

By Jerry Campany

LAST UPDATED: 04:35 p.m. HST, Apr 04, 2014

After three football coaches in four years, Ed Paola's tenure as athletics director at Saint Louis has ended.

School president Walter Kirimitsu announced on Friday that Paola will not return for the 2014-15 school year and his duties will be reassigned at the school until a new athletic director is hired.

"Ed contributed to the growth of our students in the classroom and sports field, and worked during a transitional period of a number of capital improvements to our athletics facilities," Kirimitsu wrote in a statement. "We hope to begin the hiring process as soon as possible, and ensure the integrity of our athletics program for the remainder of this school year."

Paola took over for Ulima Afoa in 2010 after being a volunteer equipment manager for the football team and coaching junior varsity baseball and intermediate golf. He previously served as the school's science department chairman.

"Leadership just decided they wanted to make a change," Paola said. "I kind of had a feeling it was coming. I thought I would finish the year, so I was surprised they moved so quickly. But it happens all of the time, and I have no ill will for the school. I learned long ago that when one door closes another door opens."

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fairgame947 wrote:
What in the world is going on in HS Sports? Coaches, ADs, interesting stuff!
on April 4,2014 | 04:43PM
monarch1 wrote:
Gee, I wonder who they could hire as the new AD? If only they had someone who already works there and who had been both an AD and a football coach....Gee, who could that be?! Now I know why Hamamoto left, too.
on April 4,2014 | 04:48PM
CouchPotato wrote:
Old school power play ... St. Louis is betting all of their brownies on Cal Lee to take them out of their crashing enrollment and financial woes. My crystal ball says St. Louis will go bankrupt 3-4 years from now and Chaminade will take them over.
on April 4,2014 | 09:59PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
In the real world this is what happens when you don't meet expectations, UH could learn a few things from St. Louis HS regarding personnel work performance.
on April 4,2014 | 05:21PM
PinkSushi wrote:
And what are St Louis expectations every year? Just win the football state championship? Blow out every team 84-0. What about lesser attended sports like baseball and soccer? What if they just win 24-14? Not good enough?
on April 4,2014 | 07:03PM
nippy68 wrote:
well...at least we know why previous varsity head football coach was dismissed. no disrespect to the former/new head fb coach but wow alumni acted really fast to get what they wanted.
on April 4,2014 | 07:04PM
PinkSushi wrote:
Matt Wright got let go because St Louis didn't win the state football champsionship every year he was there. St Louis is win at all costs. They expect to beat teams 84-0 every game.
on April 4,2014 | 07:09PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Maybe they could hire Norm Chow as a replacement.
on April 4,2014 | 07:27PM
oxtail01 wrote:
They want to win more than one game a year.
on April 4,2014 | 09:06PM
HOSSANA wrote:
St. Louis is trying to emulate Punahou and Iolani in their academic and scholarship programs but that could and will never happen. St. Louis doesn't have the quality of Iolani and Punahou's curriculum nor do they have the quality students when they are only trying to win athletic championships esp. in football. Maybe its time for a change in administration starting at the top by eliminating Kirimitsu but with the type of ignorance displayed by their alumni, that will never happen. Too bad the alumni is replete with idiots who only see football as the door of opportunity in attracting students to their school. Pathetic!!
on April 4,2014 | 08:19PM
huponews wrote:
Take it easy.....down boy! Let's not get bent out of shape over something you have no control of.....
on April 4,2014 | 09:20PM
CouchPotato wrote:
The Alumni are not all idiots ... the majority I know send their kids to Punahou, Iolani, HBA, MidPac, and Maryknoll before their Alma Mater.
on April 4,2014 | 10:31PM
honokai wrote:
Every now then we need to remind ourselves that we are talking about high school. There is no magic to learning the fundamentals of science, math, and grammar. Sometimes people need to get over themselves and their schools.
on April 5,2014 | 12:14AM
honokai wrote:
where a kid goes to high school is over-rated anyhow --- math, science, and grammar skills can be had anywhere --- it is what they do at the next level that is important
on April 5,2014 | 12:21AM
MexMe wrote:
I agree with you, Honokai. What many fail to realize is that Saint Louis has the highest number of native Hawaiian students (over 40%) after Kamehameha (100%). These students cannot and should not be compared to the students of Iolani and Punahou. Most Saint Louis students are from an economically lower tier than the majority of students from the other private schools. These boys enter Saint Louis between 6th and 9th grades and usually come from public schools in the less prestigious parts of the island. They and their families are hard working and are often times "paying it forward" in hopes that playing a sport at Saint Louis will earn them a college scholarship. Saint Louis also subsidized many of these students' fees and tuition (thus, the constant need for funds). There is a place and a need for a school like Saint Louis in Hawaii. I know this because I taught middle school there. It broke my heart to leave: I have never met more loving, respectful and hard working students and families anywhere else in Hawaii. If you don't like Saint Louis, that's fine but at least know what the facts are about the school, its academics, its challenges and its mission.
on April 5,2014 | 02:02AM
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