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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, May 30, 2003

Moanalua basketball coach Dias retires

By Dennis Anderson
Advertiser Staff Writer

Roy Dias, who took this year's Moanalua High girls basketball team to its greatest success in a decade, told his players yesterday that he was retiring from coaching.


Under Dias this season, Moanalua won its first O'ahu Interscholastic Association championship since 1993 and finished third in the state tournament. The Menehunes' only defeat in 16 regular- and post-season games was to state runner-up Kahuku, by three points.

"I love coaching but it's hard," Dias said. "You have to look at the hours and the energy it consumes."

Dias, 36, declined to reveal his future plans, but said, "I need to focus on more things in my life now."

"It was our turn (to succeed) this season," he said. "We were blessed with some very, very good players." Senior Patti Hardimon was OIA East Player of the Year and Dias was Coach of the Year.

"I am just going to say thanks and walk away," Dias said.

Moanalua is seeking applicants for a successor to Dias, and also for a varsity girls and boys wrestling coach. Written resumes should be sent to Moanalua High School, 2825 Ala Ilima Street, Hon. HI 96818. Attention: Dana Dias, Athletic Director. Resumes must be received by June 20.