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Miramonte coach Hirashima suffers major heart attack

By scarney
Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 at 7:56 am in Lamorinda, Orinda, Schools, Sports.

Former Miramonte girls basketball coach, Darrell Hirashima, is on life support at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Walnut Creek after suffering a major heart attack on Sunday. The former coach had a lesser heart attack just two months ago.

The heart attack comes during Hirashima’s first year not coaching Miramonte basketball in over a decade. Despite public support, he was not retained by Miramonte to coach the 2008-2009 season.

In his 11 years coaching the Miramonte girls basketball team, Hirashima compiled a record of 238-85 to go along with four North Coast Section Division III championships. Hirashima’s teams won 20 or more games in each of the past nine seasons and made the playoffs each of the last 10 seasons.

Hirashima’s son, Darrell Jr., is continuing the family tradition of coaching basketball at a local high school. He is in his first year with the Acalanes boys basketball team.

The work of Darrell Hirashima must be applauded. High school coaches aren’t in it for the money. They coach high school because they love the sport and want to see kids improve. For a coach to dedicate 11 seasons to one school the way Hirashima did is something that has to be respected.

As I am in the midst of my first season as a high school soccer coach, I only hope that I can have the same kind of impact on my program that Hirashima had on his.

My thoughts are with the entire Hirashima family.

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