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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Radford football coach Sur steps down

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

Kelly Sur said yesterday he will not return as varsity football coach at Radford High.

Sur said he wanted to spend more time with his two youngest children. But he did leave the door open to a return in the future.

"I expect to coach again," he said. "I miss it already. But my priority is with my family right now."

Sur completed his eighth season as Radford's football coach. The Rams finished 2-6 overall and 2-5 in the O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red West Division. His career coaching record is 26-44. His teams made the OIA playoffs in 1996 and '98.

Sur's first varsity coaching job at Radford was as baseball coach from 1993 to 1998. For three academic school years, he coached two major varsity sports, a rarity these days.

"There was a time I was coaching two major sports," he said. "My kids started calling me, 'Uncle.' "

Sur has a 6-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter who are playing youth sports. He said he would like to be more involved in their athletic development. He also has a daughter, Jessie, who is a senior track and cross country athlete at Radford, and an adult son, Jacob, who is playing baseball at Yakima (Wash.) junior college. Jacob played baseball and football at Radford.

"I've been fortunate to be able to coach my oldest kids," he said.

Sur is a 1978 graduate of McKinley High, where he starred in football and baseball.

Athletic director Eddie Maruyama said an announcement to fill the coaching vacancy will be made later.