Head coach Lee Leslie leaves Kahuku after one season

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After one season, Lee Leslie has resigned as head football coach at Kahuku.

His departure comes despite a second-place finish in the Oahu Interscholastic Association and a trip to the State Football Championships semifinals.

Leslie led the Red Raiders to a 9-and-3 campaign, finishing third in the final Cover 2 Power Poll.

He replaced three-time state champion Reggie Torres, who was not retained following the 2013 season.

On Thursday, Leslie cited missing his six grandchildren as a big part in his decision to return to his home state of Idaho.

He also acknowledged his placement at the school as a factor.

“I was in a junior high classroom, teaching junior high and the weight room finally opened, which I had been doing for 30 years, and I had put in for it and didn’t get it,” Leslie told KHON2. “That obviously concerned me because that new 2.3 GPA that they put into effect, you know, that concerned me for a lot of my boys and I wanted to make sure that I could keep track of them every second of the day and I just don’t see them when I’m in a junior high classroom.”

According to principal Pauline Masaniai, the school will conduct a search for Leslie’s replacement and as soon as possible, though no exact timetable as been set.

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