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by Kaylee Noborikawa, Sports editor


After leading the HPU men’s soccer team for more than a decade, Frank Doyle announced his retirement as head coach on Feb. 8. Doyle has coached at HPU for 12 years and led the Sea Warriors to an 8-7-2 record in the 2006 season.

“ It was just time,” said Doyle. “Coaching at such a high level for so long is very demanding, and my body told me it was time to go.”

Besides coaching at HPU, Doyle has coached at Kapiolani Community College, Hawai‘i’s Irish Soccer Club, Makule Red club team, and is currently coaching Aiola, a women’s club team.
Despite his retirement, Doyle remains a prominent member of the soccer community. He was a major player in the development of the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park and is the president of soccerhawaii.com. Doyle also stays active playing for the Strikers in the over-45 division in the Men’s Island Soccer Organization.

“ I think it’s a bummer,” said Preston Sims, a junior on the soccer team. “I think Frank single-handedly saved the soccer program and kept it alive at HPU.”

Sims added, “He was a good coach and a really good guy. Everyone’s gonna miss having him around.”

With Doyle’s retirement, Scott Liedtke, associate director of admissions at HPU and HPU’s assistant soccer coach for the past four years, was appointed new head coach on Feb. 21.

Liedtke is a former soccer player for HPU, and was a member of the 1996 team that achieved the best record in school history (17-2-1).

“ I am very excited about this opportunity,” said Liedtke. “I feel our program has the potential to be a prominent force in NCAA II soccer.”

Liedtke brings 18 years of coaching experience at the college and high school levels and is recruiting for the upcoming season. “I would like to give some of the local talent an opportunity to stay home in Hawai‘i,” Liedtke said. “And be a part of a successful tradition that will be here for a long time.”

 

 

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