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Coach Mark Kurisu and 2019 Leilleua Mules – Hawaii Prep World

Coach Mark Kurisu and 2019 Leilleua Mules - Hawaii Prep World

Eighth in a Collection

This summer time, the top coaches of all 28 Oahu high school football teams are requested to share their soccer days.

One coach, who has already interviewed this multi-part collection, pointed out what he thinks could be the worth of this effort:

”Many occasions you solely hear about coaches once they get a launch or have a particular season. It is particularly troublesome to get a particular season, so this should mirror them more as individuals and on their journey once they have been scholar athletes. It provides extra respect to the individuals who do this work. They did not instantly turn into a high school coach as a result of they coached Pop Warner. These guys have gone via every thing, they’ve expertise.

Some did it to the NFL. Others went to giant instructional establishments. Others, nevertheless, went on a small school route. They started younger and received bugged, fell in love with football and have been pleased with transferring information.

Along with watching coaches prior to now earlier than football, additionally they give their views on where their packages are going for the 2019 season.
Leunau's coach Mark Kurisu, left, and a few of his Linfield teammates in 1997. Photograph courtesy of Mark Kurisu

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Mark Kurisu continues to make Linfield School products.

Numerous Linfield football alumni – many with Hawaii connections – see the system that Leilleua coach employs Mule-defends in protection, and they haven’t any similarities.

”Lots of Linfield's buddies who come to observe us on TV call me and ask,“ Are you using Linfield stuff, aren't you? “” Kurisu stated.

The reply is sure. What he discovered again from McMinnville's, Oren's countless small school program, has been carrying with him to this present day.

However for Kuris, football turned an actual younger boy at Wahiawa Lancers at Pop Warner. And he's a fit for a small offensive line who shouldn’t be unusual in Central Oahu's country city.

”From the seventh grade via highschool I played an offensive line and then (going to Linfield) I noticed I couldn't play the line anymore, so I started to play security,” Kurisu stated. “My cousin Jeffrey Navares taught me how you can play the road and I had a set of setter (including head coach John Navares) as my (Wahiawa Lancers) coach. My brother Matt was with this group and he was a extra skilled man. I watched my (Navares) cousin play lots.

Kurisu harking back to some onerous shoppers he played like Calvin Melvin, Carlos Anderson, Larry Tate and Tito Rivera.

“I also performed and graduated from Mervy Lilo, the first and only Leilleua player in historical past to start out all 4 years. It was a huge achievement. "

The university has no place on the road for five ft, 10 inches and 185 kilos, so Kurisu turned a player. So the transfer to safety was mandatory if he needed to remain on the sector.

"When I realized that I had to move to safety, I knew I should do the treatment myself," Kurisu stated. “My cousin, Kalani Navares, one of many older cousins, will go see once I was younger, pushing me to go. I've discovered so much from him. He was an offensive co-ordinator at Moanalu and is principally a task mannequin for what I'm doing now.

”(Navares) had not even been teaching for some time and stated that the only method he would ever come back is that if I turned a head coach. So once I obtained the job (earlier than the start of the 2017 season), he was the primary individual I played. He's in the employees now. "

Switching from O-line to safety was not straightforward.

“They (security) go a lot and it's difficult,” Kurisu stated. “Linems are good for bursts of 5-10 yards. The defensive back is 20–30 meters. I had to get quicker, I had to get a better form. In Linfield, they considered all DBs in 4 in 40.

But he did the job and lastly obtained it to 4.6.

”I educated with William Paulding who continued enjoying at Long Seashore City School. We made weights that have been lifted in two days, ran within the parks and on the streets that have been late at night time.

”One night time in Kaala we ran down the street and the police drove and stated,“ Sorry. We’re right here as a result of there are suspicious individuals there. "They're thinking we would be thieves or something We said," No sir. It's just us. ' "

When Kurisu returned to Oahu after 4 years of football, he went to Leilleu.

”The coach (Cass) Ishitani lets me in. I met coach Jon (Morikawa) and coach Nolan (Tokuda). They provided me teaching because I had a university expertise. I did power and care. This yr we had a Sape for Lava. He continued to do good things in Utah and was the final Leilleu man to do it for the NFL.

Kurisu, who also acquired educating at Leiveu during this time, has been there for 21 years, 17 as assistant (principally as a defensive coordinator).

As a participant, he recollects that he is working technically smart, which isn’t shocking, because Linfield and Leilehua are well known. But he had introduced extra to the desk.

"I always thought an opponent – I go out the technology, but also when I'm a local boy, you go to work," he stated. “I consider I have a much bigger coronary heart. It is what I’ve all the time taught in Wahiawa and Leilehua – has an enormous heart, be bold, sell your teammates. "
Mark Kurisu played an attack line for mules within the early 1990s. Photograph: Kurisu

Kurisu was part of the Leilehua group, who crashed Kahukun 28-22 within the 1991 OIA playoffs, and he’s ranked as the most important high school.

"The coffee was loaded that year," he stated. “We have been undersized and oversized. Nobody gave us photographs, we pulled one of the largest disturbances in state historical past. It’s a very particular group memory. "

Kurisu was an assistant in 2004 when Leilleu was severely disturbed by Kahuku 17-14 in the HHSAA I State Semifinals

Earlier than enjoying Kurisu showed a video of the 1991 recreation for the staff. Right here he advised the gamers after the game, in response to the Star-Bulletin story of Honolulu, since that time:

"You visualized it and watched them fall 3, 2, 1," Kurisu informed the gamers. “You noticed what it was. It occurred within the video and it happened now. We shocked the world, man.

Right here's his reminiscence of this: “The first movie appears to make it attainable. You don't should be the most important. You simply should do it. That they had to take a look at it, and they went out and did the identical factor. It was a particular second – to see it, consider it and reside it out.

Three years later, again beneath the top coach Tokuda and DC Kurisu, the mules obtained the identify of another state.

Kurisu is happy with final yr's Eight-three mark, and he says the group is rare to go seeking championship in 2019.

"Some thought we should have done better, but I think we did our best," he stated. “We have been a very young staff with numerous first-yr starters. We pulled 5 sophomas and all began with us. "

The season ended with Waipahu's 29-6 loss in OIA Group I playoffs.

And this yr?

“We are sure to be ahead of schedule,” Kurisu stated. “We need to get to the Open Division (in the long run), so we have now to be sure that we are strictly prime-down in this system. The JV group, who misplaced the Open semi-remaining two years in the past and final yr, went undefeated and gained the OIA Championship in Division I.

“We are undoubtedly upward, and lots of what we do is within the classroom and its mark, small issues like making selections, helping other individuals, helping teammates, fascinated with them, and not simply making an attempt to get to school.

He thinks he has a strong workforce.

"This team reminds me two years ago when we made a strong run," he stated. “It happens when you have got a depth, work onerous together, undergo hardships and get things together. You depend on the process, drafting the plan, and buying and implementing coaches and gamers.

“Whenever you compete, you compete for one of the best. We all the time need to be a convention and OIA champion. You need to play each recreation. You’ll be able to't leap from pre-sale to the championship recreation. We attempt to deliver players to the fitting locations to succeed. "
Kalei Akagi, the youthful recipient of Leivuua, is likely one of the returnees of the walls in 2019. Photograph: Bruce Asato / Star advertiser.


>> 2018 report and end: Eight- 3 (6-1 OIA Division I): misplaced in Waipahu 29-6 OIA DI semi-finals.

>> Employees of Head coach Mark Kurisu:
– Mark Kurisu (Defending Coordinator, Security)
– Andrew Manley (Offensive Coordinator, Quarterly Freedom)
– Kalani Navares (Power, Quality Management of Nature)
] – Darrin Matsumiya (linebackers, Particular Teams)
– Alasi Matautia (defensive position)
– Ritchie Lapenia (eyebrows)
– Wayne Thompson (offensive line)
– Tristan Kamaka (receivers, card video games)
] – Kimo Manley (ongoing backs)

>> Estimated Stuff Set and JV Numbers: 120 Mixed

>> All the choices made by the Honolulu Star Advertiser: Nothing.

>> Honolulu Star Advertiser Complaints which are a state that has lost all states: Akoni Tom-Makue (first workforce P); Jeremy Evans (second group REC); James McGary (third group RB).

>> Players with Title I FBS school presents: Nothing.

>> The Key Returnees of 2019: Kalei Akagi, Jr., WR, 5-10, 175; Jayzon Ramos, Sr, slotback, 6-zero, 180; Kiaka Pio, Jr. DE, 6-1, 235; Jaku Hanohano-Baptista, Sr, DT, 5-10 245; Terrance Lokan, Sr, OT, 6-three 315.

>> State Championships: 1 (2007, D-I)

>> All Early Prep Bowl (1973-1998) Championship: 1 (1984)

>> OIA All-Time Championships: four (all D-I – 1940, 1974, 1984, 2007)

>> 2019 Convention: OIA Section I



Part Nine: Coach Pat Silva and 2019 McKinley Tigers


Earlier Collection:
>> Coach Darren Johnson and 2019 Campbell Sabers
>> Coach John Hao and 2019 Fort Knights
>> Coach Eddie Klaneski and 2019 Damien Rulers
>> Coach David Tautofi and 2019 Kaimuki Bulldogs
>> Coach Kale Ane and 2019 Punahou Buffanblu
>> Coach Mike Fanoga and 2019 Waianae Seariders
>> Coach Bryson Carvalho and 2019 Waipahu Marauders

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