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St. Francis hires Konishi, Eldredge to run athletics

 St. Francis School has hired former University of Hawaii pitching coach Chad Konishi and former Maryknoll baseball coach Duane Eldredge to be co-athletic directors at the Manoa campus, according to Sister Joan of Arc Souza, head of school.

Konishi is a Punahou and University of California at Berkley graduate who  helped 12  different  UH pitchers win a total of 15 All-Western Athletic Conference awards.  He also had 19 Major League Baseball draft picks during his time as the UH mound manager. 

He spent 12 years as the top assistant to UH head baseball coach Mike Trapasso.

Eldredge is also a Punahou graduate and has a Master of Arts degree in Administration and Curriculum from Gonzaga University. He has had experience coaching baseball, football and basketball from the junior varsity to the varsity level at five private prep schools.

He is also owner and manager of Hawaii Baseball, a college recruiting service.

St. Francis, which turned coed in 2006, has a full program of boys and girls sports, including a three-time Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division 2 boys varsity basketball team.  St. Francis won the boys Division 2 Hawaii High School Athletic Association title in  2013. The school has also won three HHSAA Division 2 girls volleyball titles this century, and one HHSAA Division 2 softball title.

The school entered  the ILH varsity football  ranks in 2013.

The co-athletic directors, who will assume their duties this month, succeed Brad Hebing who has led the St. Francis athletic department since February.  Hebing said he is leaving to pursue new opportunities.

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