Rich Miano says his resignation from Kaiser High School is “the right decision at this time.” He announced he was stepping down as head football coach Thursday night.
Miano joined the team in 2011 after serving as associate head coach for the University of Hawaii. During his two seasons at Kaiser, the Cougars went a combined 20-4, capturing the 2013 OIA and state title in Division II.
He spoke to KHON2’s Rob DeMello Thursday to explain his decision.
“The main reason I’m doing this is because I just need to spend more time with my kids, my new job,” he said. “I feel like I can contribute more with the charitable things I do, Hawaii Speed and Quickness and the GPA football camp and the other things I’m involved with. I’m on two boards. It’s just to simplify my life and to make sure that I’m there for my children.”
The former nine-year NFL veteran and long-time UH assistant has been a lightning rod for controversy as of late, from lopsided on-field success to the site of a Hawaii Kai fundraiser for his program. But Miano says those factors were not the driving force behind his decision.
“I look back on these last two years as two of the best years of my life and I love those kids and I love my coaches,” he said. “I get emotional when I talk about that kind of stuff because I love football and I love to win. I’m a teacher and I’m a coach and I’m going to miss all that but it’s the right decision at this time.”
Kaiser has begun the search for his successor, but no timetable has been set for the hire.
“I feel very good about what my staff and myself have done in terms of facilities and improvements,” Miano said. “It looks like we’re getting new field turf and a new track and we’re working on the locker room and the weight room, and the painting and the graphics, everything. And more importantly, the life lessons we taught these young people, the memories they’ll have for their lives, the importance of education, all those things we really built a great foundation and obviously my biggest concern now is that it will continue.”
Miano has taken a job as safety manager at Horizon Lines, but says he won’t rule out another coaching job in the future.
“I know I’ll miss coaching. I know that’s what I was born to do. I know that I’m a teacher. I know I’m a leader of young men. So I can see myself coaching again, but again, for my family and my new job and my whole direction right now, I’m at peace. I take great solace in knowing that we’ve done great things and we left the school a better place.”
The Cougars move up to Division I next season.