Popular Miramonte coach in serious condition

Darrell Hirashima, the hugely popular and successful girls basketball coach, suffered a massive heart attack on Sunday and is currently on life support at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Walnut Creek. He is 56.

The heart attack was preceded by a lesser attack approximately two months ago.

Hirashima coached Miramonte for 11 seasons and owned an overall record of 238-85 with four North Coast Section Division III championships, including three of the past four. Under Hirashima, the Matadors had reached the postseason each of the past 10 seaons, and won 20 or more games in each of the past nine.

He was not retained to coach Miramonte for the 2008-09 season, an incident that led to a large community outcry against the Acalanes Union School District.

Hirashima’s son Darrell Jr. is in his first year coaching the Acalanes High boys basketball team.

Our thoughts are with the Hirashima family at this difficult time.