Baldwin football coach leaves program before start of season

The Baldwin Bears' first football game of the 2013 season is only 40 days away and the team will be without its longtime head coach.

AJ Roloos, who coached the Bears for the last six seasons, said Tuesday he is stepping down from the program.

School officials told the Maui News he is leaving for "personal reasons."  However, Roloos told Hawaii News Now he isn't leaving for any reason in particular and has no immediate plans to coach anywhere else.

Sources say the Department of Education sent a letter out to parents informing them Roloos has been under investigation for his interaction with students since February.

In each of his seasons at Baldwin, Roloos guided the Bears to an Maui Interscholastic League title and took the team to the state tournament.

His assistant, Keneke Pacheco, will oversee the program for the 2013 season.

Baldwin's first game is August 10 against the St. Louis Crusaders.