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Yonamine officially done as Maui High baseball coach

February 8, 2014 - Robert Collias
If there's a nicer, more sincere guy around in the coaching business in this state than Lee Yonamine, I would be honored to meet them.

Yonamine was feted at the 39th annual Maui High School Invitational Baseball Tournament on Thursday and I had the distinct pleasure of writing a feature wrapping up what his 18-year career as head coach meant to the Sabers.

Here is the start of that story:

WAILUKU - Lee Yonamine was at Maehara Stadium on Wednesday, helping set up for the Maui High School Invitational baseball tournament, just as he has for more than half of his life.

This time, however, he wasn't doing it as the Sabers' head coach.

"It's kind of weird," the 49-year-old Yonamine admitted while standing near a Matson container that held the food for one of the top preseason tournaments in the state. "It took me a while to make the decision and I just felt it was my time, time to let the younger guys do their thing. All those guys have been coaching there, 100 percent Maui High School alumni, the majority of them guys I coached. I thought it was just the right time."

Click here for the rest of the story.


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