Girls basketball coach suspended pending investigation

Upcountry club team reorganizing, changing its name

Seabury Hall girls basketball coach Jonathan Furtado waits for the start of a game in 2017. He has been suspended as the school’s coach. -- The Maui News /MATTHEW THAYER photo

OLINDA — Seabury Hall girls basketball coach Jonathan Furtado has been placed on suspension, Athletic Director Robert Dougherty said Friday night.

“He’s taking some space from the program,” Dougherty said.

The school is working with the Maui Police Department on an investigation involving Furtado, Dougherty told The Maui News. He did not disclose the reason for the inquiry.

Repeated attempts to get comment or information from the Police Department were unsuccessful. Furtado did not respond to inquiries by phone or email on Saturday.

Furtado’s suspension was effective last week.

The high school girls basketball season ended last month, with Seabury losing two games at the state tournament on Oahu.

As recently as March 4, Furtado was coaching basketball players with the Upcountry Elite club team at Seabury’s Erdman Athletic Center.

Now, according to Dougherty, the Upcountry Elite team is reorganizing and changing its name.

“Upcountry Elite is no more,” he said.

Also, under his suspension, Furtado is not to be present at the Erdman facility, Dougherty said.

Before Seabury’s action against Furtado, the Upcountry Elite team had been scheduled to use the Erdman gym on Saturdays and Sundays throughout this month.

In the last two seasons, Furtado has guided Seabury girls teams to Maui Interscholastic League Division II titles, and MIL coaches voted him as The Maui News MIL Division II Coach of the Year for both of the last two years.

“We will work with the Maui Police Department, and we will just go from there,” Dougherty said. “I really don’t have much more to say, but he is taking some space (from coaching), I think, and trying to figure out what’s going on with this whole deal.”

The Police Department “gave us a number to call in case something came up with any of our students,” Dougherty said. “That’s all we know at this point.”

Dougherty’s daughters, Makena and Maile, both played on the 2016-2017 MIL championship team under Furtado.

“We’re waiting to see what the investigation turns up,” he said.

* Robert Collias can be reached at rcollias@mauinews.com.