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Maui High School Names Robert Dougherty Head Football Coach

November 25, 2019, 12:25 PM HST
* Updated November 25, 12:33 PM
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Maui High School announced the selection today of Robert Dougherty as the school’s new head football coach.  The announcement came during a press conference at the Izumi Shine Matsui Athletic Center.

MHS Athletic Director Michael Ban said, “We’re excited to have Robert as the new head football coach.  He comes with a lot of experience coaching high school sports as well as playing in the professional ranks…  His core values of dedication, attitude, (and) hard work is going to elevate our program to a level of competition of success.  He’s going to be part of our staff/faculty.”

Coach Dougherty has over 13 years of experience as a head football coach at the high school and collegiate levels. He played collegiate football at Boston University and played professionally (NFL Europe, CFL) for two seasons.

In accepting the post, Dougherty said he’s “honored and proud to join a long tradition at Maui High School of excellence.”  After conversation with long-time coach Curtis Lee, Dougherty said, “I’m really impressed with his affinity for the school and what he believes Maui High can be going forward.  And I believe the same thing.  I think there’s tremendous opportunity here and I’m looking forward to being a part of the Saber family.”

“Coach Dougherty is a dedicated and knowledgeable coach who is committed to develop our student athletes. His core values of hard work, positive mindset, discipline and selflessness will elevate our football program and bring pride to Maui High School,” said school administrators in a press release announcement.

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Ban said, “Coach Dougherty is an experienced coach and we are excited to have him as part of our staff. He is an educator and truly believes in developing the athletes to become young responsible adults. We are confident that Coach Dougherty will work hard and build relationships that will provide a positive experience for our athletes.”

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In a couple of weeks, Dougherty will be on staff as a physical education teacher at Maui High School.

Dougherty fills the vacancy created by the departure of former head football coach Rodney Figueroa who had been at the helm since 2017.

Administrators extended a special thanks to the teachers, coaches, administrators, community representatives and student athletes that served on the selection committee.

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Interest was strong with a large applicant pool that was in the double digits; however school administrators did not give the exact number of those that applied.

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