Baldwin High School administrators were informed last week by Pohai Lee that he had decided to resign as head football coach. This position has been his since 2015.
The Bears won the Maui Interscholastic League title in 2015 and 2016, and represented the league at the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division 1 state tournament under Lee in 2019.
In his first two seasons, Baldwin was 16-1 under Lee in MIL play and was 29-19 in all. His 2021 team was 1-5 in league play.
The 57-year old will continue to teach physical education at Wailuku School.
Lee stated that the 2020 season was wiped out due to the pandemic and it took a toll on him.
Lee stated that he wouldn’t rule out the possibility to coach again one day.
Late Monday night, Baldwin athletic director Wade Hondo released a statement that stated: “Baldwin High School Athletics would like to wholeheartedly thank Coach Pohai Lee for all the time, effort and steadfast energy he gave to all the student-athletes of the Baldwin Bears football program these past years”.
Lee stated that his health wasn’t a major factor in his decision not to continue his career.
Lee regards Baldwin’s job as a great one.
Lee stated that any of his 2021 coaching associates would make a great hire. These include Sanches and Rodney Figueroa as well as Nephi Laga Sr., John Jakubczaks, Brandon Asuega Starks,and Chase Bells.