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Cal Lee returns to St. Louis

– Dallas Jackson, NationalHSFootball.com

The winningest high school football coach in Hawaii history is returning to the sidelines.

Cal Lee will take over at Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis this season after a 12 years absence from the program.

Cal Lee file photo by Dennis Oda, StarAdviser.com/

Cal Lee file photo by Dennis Oda, StarAdviser.com

Lee amassed a 241-32-5 record coaching at the all-boys’ Catholic School from 1982-2001. In his 19 seasons with the school it won state championships 14 consecutive times which included a 55-game winning streak from 1985-1990.

He left St. Louis in 2001 and was the head coach of the AFL2 Hawaiian Islanders as well as the linebackers coach and defensive coordinator at the University of Hawaii.

The last two seasons he was the defensive coordinator at Honolulu (Hawaii) Kalani after not being retained at UH following the hiring of Norm Chow to the head coaching position.

The hiring was first reported by The Star Advertiser where Lee texted his initial comments.

“I want to thank Saint Louis and I am truly humbled and grateful for this opportunity,” Lee said. “The first order of business will be putting together a staff and meeting with the players. Although I’m sad to leave Kalani, I’m excited to be going back to another home, the place that gave me my start in coaching.”

Lee will have his hands full as the level of play in Hawaii has dramatically improved since his season in high school.

Programs like Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou — which has won the last three state titles and was ranked No. 99 in the HSFB100, Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha, Honolulu (Hawaii) ‘Iolani, Honolulu (Hawaii) Damien, and Honolulu (Hawaii) Pac-Five have all made significant improvements within their coaching staffs as well as the improved player development on the island.

His team will put to the test immediately as it will host Bellflower (Cali.) St. John Bosco on Aug. 22 at Aloha Stadium. The Braves finished the 2013 season by beating Concord (Cali.) De La Salle in the CIF Open Division Bowl and earned the No. 3 spot in the HSFB100.

Lee figures to bring his run-and-shoot style of offense back with him and with the returning talent it should be a good fit.

St. Louis returns 6-foot-1, 185-pouind dual-threat quarterback Ryder Kuhns, 6-foot-2, 210-pound offensive lineman Fred Ulu-Perry, and junior wide receiver Drew Kobayashi of which all three are receiving collegiate offers.

“All we gotta do is make the kids as successful as they can be,” Lee said. I’m no miracle worker, but we’ll work with the kids and have them commit and work as hard as they can, and we’ll see what happens.”

About Dallas Jackson

Dallas Jackson is the national high school football analyst for NationalHSFootball.com. He has been compiling the HSFB100 rankings since the 2007 season. His work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, American Football Monthly, among many others, and he was featured in the Frontline special, Football High.