Kuna’s high school football coach will leave for Hawaii where he will take over the head coaching position with Kahuku High School as reported in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. Leslie took over the head coaching position in Kuna two years ago and led the team to a 7-3 season losing to Bishop Kelly, who he coached to a 4A state title in 2010.
The Kahuku team has won two of the past three state championships and is 75-14 under their previous coach, Reggie Torres. The team has seven state titles since 2000.
Coach Leslie told the Kuna Melba News “I just want to thank everybody for helping football program I felt welcome here from day one I appreciate everybody’s help. I will be back every spring to help Boone get his Boone’s Battle—Mud, Sweat x & Tears 5K going.”
As far as what his other future plans are…
“My first goal is to talk to the few people I know there and put together a staff,” Leslie told the Star Advertiser. “I want to interview the current staff, too. My main goal is to inspire these kids to go onto college.”
“He will be missed and now we know what traits to look for in a new football coach,” said Wally Vanantwerp, the co-president of the Kuna Football Boosters. ”He gave us a great foundation that we can build on from here. It’s not the coach that makes the team, it’s the players and the community that backs them, and we have a great community.”
“The Kuna Joint School District would like to thank football Coach Lee Leslie for the superior job he did with the Kuna High football team,” said the Kuna School District in a press release. “In such a short amount of time, Coach Leslie pushed players to perform their best on the field. That momentum carried forward into what he expected of them in the classroom and in the conduct of their lives. We wish Coach Leslie the best of luck as he heads to Hawaii for his next adventure!”
The Kuna School District Administration said they will begin the search for a new football coach soon and interested candidates can visit www.kunaschools.org for application instructions.