Mr. Don Morneau
Coach, Golf, Baseball, Football, etc. Administrator Inducted by Dave Baptist ‘85
Don Moreau graduated from Damicu High School on Oahu, Hawaii in 1966 where he competed in football and baseball, but his true passion was surfing. Upon graduation, he came to the mainland where he attended the College of San Mateo. Don entered the U.S. Air Force in 1969, after which he attended California State University, Hayward earning a B.S. in Kinesiology, then stayed on to earn his M.S. in Sport Sociology and Athletic Administration.
Don came to Moreau Catholic High School in the early 1970’s and quickly established himself as one of the most beloved teachers and coaches who have ever graced its halls and fields. He coached football and baseball and was part of the staff of the ’75 football team that was inducted this evening. Don coached the golf team for over 20 years, leading the team to numerous MVAL, HAAL titles as well as North Coast and State appearances. He was named NCS honor coach for his accomplishments as a golf coach both for the school as well as the section. He taught theology and Physical Education before stepping into the role of Assistant Athletic Director in 1979 which he kept until the Athletic Director, Kathy Joseph, retired. He then served as Athletic Director for 10 more years, stepping down in 2004 to return to the classroom where he taught Physical Education and Sport and Society for six more years before retiring in 2011. Throughout Don’s tenure at Moreau Catholic, his family—Gayle, Tiffany and Drew have offered their priceless support.
Don is a humble man whose theme song is “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He is rarely seen without a smile. Will Rogers once said, “I never met a man I didn’t like.” That is also true of Don. He leaves an indelible impression on anyone who meets him and, although he may not remember everyone’s name, he is quick to acknowledge the impact that every player and every coach has had on shaping and molding his coaching and teaching philosophies.
When asked what one legacy he hopes to have left at Moreau Catholic, Don replies, “Always share Aloha and play with I’mua. It is so important to smile, be happy!” All those who know Don can attest that he has the ability to make anyone smile. Throughout the 38 years that he has been a part of Mariner history, Don’s sense of humor has caused numerous people to double over in laughter. Everyone he is close to at Moreau Catholic has a story about Don. The Moreau community offers many prayers for a wonderful retirement as Don travels back and forth from Hawaii to California, still searching for the perfect wave.
ALWAYS SHARE ALOHA AND PLAY WITH I'MUA."