Cal Lee to return as head coach of St. Louis Crusaders

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Cal Lee, the most prolific high school football coach in Hawaii history, will make his return as head football coach for the Crusaders' varsity football team, Hawaii News Now has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation say the announcement will be made sometime this week.

Most recently, Lee, 67, has served as the defensive coordinator for Kalani High School, where his brother Ron has acted as Offensive Coordinator, since 2012.

Prior to returning to Kalani's sidelines where he coached 1973-1979, Lee spent eight seasons as an positions coach (LB and DC) at the University of Hawaii.

However, Lee's fame came at the prep level when he helped make St. Louis one of the nation's pre-imminent programs. Under his mentorship, the Crusaders won 14 Prep Bowl titles, 18 ILH championships and one state title in 1999. From 1985-1990 the Crusaders won 55-games in a row and he was twice named the national coach of the year.

During that run, Lee also coached some of the most prolific quarterbacks to ever come out of the state of Hawaii, perhaps most notably Timmy Chang who was named a prep All-American by eight major organizations and publications. As a three-year starter, Chang would throw for 7,715 yards and 87 touchdowns. Chang would go on to star at UH from 2000-2004, where he would break the NCAA all-time passing mark for career yards (17,072) and touchdowns (117), both records have since been broken.

In 2003, Lee ventured into the professional ranks for Hawaii's first Arena Football League team, the Hawaiian Islanders. Under Lee, the Islanders accumulated a 12-6 record in his first season and went to the playoffs. The team disbanded in 2004.

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