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Former 'Iolani star Hirata named Mid-Pacific basketball coach

By Paul Honda

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LAST UPDATED: 09:00 a.m. HST, Apr 08, 2014


Ryan Hirata, who helped 'Iolani win a state basketball championship and later went on to play basketball at Chaminade University, has been named the new Mid-Pacific boys basketball coach.

Hirata, 27, has been a coach in the 'Iolani intermediate, JV and varsity system since 2007.

"It's pretty neat how fast the word spread. Hawaii's so small and all the support from everybody, including the people at 'Iolani," Hirata said. "This is the first time I've been through a varsity coaching job process. It makes me appreciate what varsity coaches do every year."






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hon2255 wrote:
Congrats. Young. Can relate to players. Smart. Hard worker. Knows today's game. Hopefully he can get some good young staff to help.
on April 7,2014 | 05:01PM
PinkSushi wrote:
But Mid-Pac is a baseball school. That's where they expect to make their name. Iolani has chosen to try and make its name in basketball. I guess Iolani figures it can't compete in football with St Louis and all their recruits. Or that it doesn;t want to devote the resources to challenging St Louis in football. Back in my generation, Iolani could have just a few Samoan football recruits on their team and whip Waianae in the Prep Bowl. No more. Basketball only needs two dominant players to challenge for the state title.
on April 8,2014 | 02:49AM
cojef wrote:
As you say recruitment for key players means, salesmanship, and incentives????/
on April 8,2014 | 11:02AM
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