Former Punahou coach Kale Ane was chosen to steer the McKinley Excessive College soccer crew

July 2nd – Kale Ane is the new soccer coach at McKinley High School.

“I spoke to Bob (Morikuni) and he said, ‘Congratulations.’ We spoke this afternoon. I’m excited and looking forward to the opportunity, “said Ane of his new athletic director.

Ane has been doing conditioning with the Tigers for about a week while the school finalized the details. He has about 40 players, Uni and Junior Varsity combined, who train every day.

“We’re in conditioning mode, so I enjoy working with the kids. I can meet and talk to families. It’s definitely different, but it’s fun working with kids and teaching them the basics, ”he said.

Ane officially retired from his position as co-sports director and football head coach in Punahou in late May. He was the head coach of the Buffanblu for 21 seasons. Since Ane took over the football program in 1999, Punahou reached the finals of the state tournament six times and won the championship twice. The Buffanblu defeated Leilehua in the 2008 final 38: 7 and defeated Mililani 28:22 in the 2013 title fight.

There was also controversy. Punahou is involved in an ongoing lawsuit investigating allegations of sexual abuse by a former basketball assistant under Ane’s co-AD supervision.

Leonard Lau was named interim head coach in 2020 and Nate Kia was recently named head coach. News circulated earlier this year that Ane had applied for the football position at McKinley. He is ready to face public scrutiny.

“You can’t try to leave. You can’t just hide. That’s not something I want to do, ”said Ane. “I can’t speak for others, I can only talk to them. But the way you behave says a lot about a person. How to deal with adversity is something we always talk about. This is important so let’s do it I’ve shared this with people who need to know. It’s an ongoing process so we’ll see. “

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The Division II Tigers were in 2019 under previous coach Pat Silva, who resigned in 2020, 1-9 in the overall standings. In ’18, Silva McKinley led to a 4-5 overall grade. The Tigers were 6-21 in three seasons under Silva.

The step back into coaching came without hesitation for Ane.

“My dad (Charlie) is my hero and there are so many things I wanted to follow in his footsteps. He coached a small school, St. Anthony, on Maui. They didn’t get a point the year before he took over.” ” . I was worried about him. He just loved it. He had a great time. He enjoyed working with the boys and with the families. I always thought this was something I would love to do when I retired and had the time. “said Ane.

“I learned a lot about McKinley in the process. My grandfather was a coach there in the 1920s. Neal Blaisdell is my grandfather. He has won ILH championships in soccer and basketball. My sister Malia told me that it came from? I love challenges, so we’ll see. “- For more high school sports in Hawaii, visit.

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