KAHUKU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Reggie Torres is out as head football coach at Kahuku high school.
The school has yet to make an official announcement but sources confirmed previous reports with Hawaii News Now that Lee Leslie, who currently coaches at Kuna High in Idaho, will take the helm.
"I just wanted to go out on my own terms, I've been there 28 years." Torres told Hawaii News Now. "But, it is what it is. I just gotta be grateful for the opportunity that I did have at Kahuku. I found a passion for coaching, I love coaching."
Torres led Kahuku to 11 state championships in football, wrestling and judo and says he still plans on assisting the later two programs.
Torres took over as head coach at Kahuku in 2006, replacing another Red Raider staple in Siuaki Livai. In eight seasons, the Red Raiders won three state championships and accumulated a 75-14 record under the watchful eye of Torres.
However, Torres credits the Kahuku community and numerous volunteers for the success that he's achieved.
"We've got a great group of kids coming back and great leaders with this Junior class, it's just sad that we're not going to have an opportunity to work with them. So, since I can't work with them, I'm going to be their number one fan and I'll be in the bleachers cheering them on."
Leslie's resume is equally impressive. He's won 17 championships, coached in the Arena Football League and was a graduate assistant on Ron McBride's staff at Utah.