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Saint Louis School fires head football coach

By Paul Honda

LAST UPDATED: 4:27 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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