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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Maeva to lead Kaiser football program

By Dennis Anderson
Advertiser Staff Writer

Former University of Hawai'i football fan-favorite David Maeva was appointed head football coach at Kaiser High School yesterday.

"We're excited to have somebody of his caliber," said Kaiser athletic director Bill von Arnswaldt, who announced the choice of a school selection committee.

Maeva, 34, was one of the most popular players with Rainbow fans from 1987-90 because of his fiery, spirited style of play.

"I want to be just like all the coaches I had," said Maeva, a stevedore superintendent. "I want to light fires in my players. I never thought I had the talent, but other guys didn't have the fire in them that I had in me, thanks to my coaches."

Maeva played professionally from 1994-2000, four years in the Canadian Football League, and in several minor leagues.

Maeva also will develop a weight program and assist in track and field at Kaiser.

Maeva replaces Tony Gayer, who resigned last season after a 28-36 record in seven years.