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Isamu Falevai fired as Fremont High football coach

Isamu Falevai is out as Fremont High’s football coach, with Terry Hendrix and Carlo Tateo taking over as co-head coaches.
Fremont athletic director Darlene Miller confirmed that Falevai was fired by the Oakland Unified School District on Aug. 8. The district’s spokesman Troy Flint didn’t immediately have any information about the firing when reached Friday.
Miller said she had few details about the school district’s decision. Efforts to reach Falevai were unsuccessful.
“They didn’t tell me very much,” Miller said. “They said they weren’t going to bring him back and they said they would call him.

Hendrix and Tateo were named as his replacements Wednesday. Hendrix has been an assistant for four years and Tateo for five years.
“We’re really saddened by Samu’s dismissal,” Hendrix said. “I learned a lot from him.”
Falevai joined the Fremont program as an assistant coach in 2008 when the team began a run of three straight trips to the Silver Bowl. He became the head coach in 2009 and led the Tigers to their first Silver Bowl victory in school history.
Last season, the Tigers officially went 0-9, with an 0-5 Oakland Athletic League mark. Their season started with a forfeit loss to Chowchilla, with that game being cancelled because the team didn’t have enough eligible players. It was the second time in three seasons that Fremont’s season opener was cancelled for a lack of eligible players.
The Tigers also had their final game of the season — their scheduled homecoming contest against Castlemont — cancelled and three OAL victories forfeited because they participated in games and camps with players who were not eligible under the OAL’s policy that students must be on track to graduate. The forfeited victories cost Fremont a berth in the Oakland Section playoffs.
Hendrix said the players are trying to move on.
“The players’ whole thing is they can’t quit,” Hendrix said. “They keep going no matter what the obstacles are.”
Tateo said the team understands its in a tough position.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Tateo said. “We’re just staying positive and staying motivated.”

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.