HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Jenessa Gladstone
Under the direction of Rich Miano, the Kaiser Cougars notched 20 wins and earned the 2013 division two HHSAA championship title.
Less than a year later, Miano resigned and left the program at a standstill.
Now, the reigns have been handed to 26-year-old Cameron Higgins, who acted as offensive coordinator during Miano's time.
Despite his young age, the former St. Louis quarterback is taking his coaching duties seriously.
"You got to tow the line of being a friend, a coach and a mentor at the same time," Higgins said. "You want to be a friend, you want to be involved in their lives and joke around with them, but there comes a point where you got to draw the line and if they get out of hand or they don't like things a certain way, you go to remind them I'm your coach first."
Along with adjusting to a new head coach, the Cougars will also jump into division one this season.
Even with the additional loss of 26 seniors, the team is remaining hopeful that they will be a tougher competitor.
"Everyone expects us to goose egg this season because of all the losing seniors we have, but we got to prove them wrong because this year we're the team everybody else wants to play," said senior defensive lineman Zeno Choi.