Maui High hires Barcoma

Promoted from JV, Sabers coach wants to carry on program’s ‘proud baseball tradition’

The Maui News

Leonard Barcoma Jr. has been hired as the Maui High School baseball coach, the school announced Wednesday.

Barcoma, 60, had been the Sabers’ junior varsity coach, and has spent more than two decades on the staffs at Maui High and Kamehameha Maui.

“This was something I didn’t even aspire to do,” Barcoma said. “It’s just something the last couple of days that happened.”

Barcoma is filling the vacancy left when Chase Corniel stepped down earlier this month after coaching the Sabers to a Division I state championship. Corniel had been the coach since 2012.

“I want to thank principal Jamie Yap and athletic director Michael Ban for this great opportunity to work with the boys,” Barcoma said in a news release. “I also want to acknowledge former head coaches Lee Yonamine and Chase Corniel for their support and guidance. Maui High School has a proud baseball tradition and I hope my staff and I will fulfill every expectation.”

Last year’s state title was the second for Maui High — the team also won in 1982.

“Anytime you win the big one, you win states, everyone expects you to be there at the end,” Barcoma said. “It’s not necessarily going to be the case all the time, but we’re going to strive to be there at the end.”

A 1975 graduate of Maui High, Barcoma also played for the Sabers.

“Coach Barcoma is a person with great integrity and we are excited about the upcoming season,” Ban said in the release.

“We are confident that coach Barcoma will provide a positive experience for our athletes.”