Waianae names ex-UH coordinator Kaumeyer as football coach

Former University of Hawaii defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer has been named head football coach at Waianae High School, athletic director Kekoa Kaluhiokalani announced.

Kaumeyer succeeds Matt Murakawa, who served as interim coach last season when coach Mike Fanoga left the program in late summer. 

Kaumeyer, 55, brings an extensive background in coaching. He comes to Waianae from the Japan X-League Super division's Fujitsu Frontiers, where he has been at on two separate stints since 2016. During that span, he also served as a consultant at Tokyo University Football and assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the IBM Japan Sports, also of the X-League.

Before Japan, he had been interim coach at Pasadena City College in 2015. He was UH's defensive coordinator from 2013-2014.

Before arriving at UH, he had coaching experience with Tulane, San Diego State and Palomar JC, as well as an assistant with the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. His first experience in Japan came as head coach for Onward Kashiyama of the X-League from 1995-1997.

"It has become more important for me as a coach to assist players and coaches to achieve the goals they set out to obtain," Kaumeyer wrote in an email."

One of his goals is to establish a study hall system to help players be eligible to play at the colleigiate level. "I am hoping to create football and other sports as a vehicle to achieve thses goals as opposed to the only way out," he wrote.

Kaumeyer is expected to return to Oahu in early June, he wrote.

Prior to coaching, Kaumeyer played two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (1989-1990).

Reach Stacy Kaneshiro at [email protected].

Show your support

Every contribution, no matter the size, will help ScoringLive continue its mission to provide the best and most comprehensive coverage of high school sports in the state of Hawaii and beyond.

Please consider making a contribution today.



Kamehameha's Kahahawai cemented legacy with whirlwind senior year

The University of Texas-bound outside hitter is the third consecutive female from Kamehameha to win the...

Kahuku's Carvalho dazzled on football field, in classroom

The wide receiver/kick returner excelled both on the field and in classroom for the Open Division state...

Kahuku's Carvalho, Iolani's Mandaquit named Newcomers of the Year

Junior receiver/kick returner Kainoa Carvalho and sophomore guard Jaety Mandaquit receive annual first-year...

Agbayani, Sniffen garner top honors in Division I softball

Senior Ailana Agbayani named All-Hawaii position player of the year; Sophomore Jenna Sniffen named pitcher...

Makanani led the way for Division II champion Kapaa

Kapaa senior pitcher Seijia Makanani named All-Hawaii Division II player of the year; Warriors' Alani...

Lazaro did it all for Division II runner up Waimea

Menehunes' pitcher Anson Lazaro named All-Hawaii D2 player of the year; Damien's Skyler Tengan named...