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Longtime Hawaii coach Shoji becomes all-time DI wins leader
On Saturday, Hawaii's Dave Shoji became the winningest coach in the history of DI women's volleyball after his team defeated Santa Clara 3-1.
In 1975, at just 28 years old, Shoji took over the reins of the UH program. The team was coming off a 9-1 campaign that ended with the Rainbow Wahine falling to UCLA in the national title match in just its first year of existance.
|2.||Andy Banachowski||UCLA||1966-68, 70-2009||1,106|
|3.||Russ Rose||Penn St.||1979-Present||1,062|
|NOTE: Stats as of Sept. 9, 2013|
|* DII Leader: Peggy Martin, Central Missouri (1,139 wins)|
|* DIII Leader: Larry Bock, Juniata (1,258 wins). Bock is currently the head coach at Navy.|
In Shoji’s first four years at the helm of the program, he took the team to two more national title matches before he finally broke through to take the title in 1979 with a five-game victory against Utah State in the AIAW finals.
In 1981, Shoji became UH’s first full-time coach for a women’s program. He led the team to another national title, this time in the new NCAA tournament in 1982, beating USC in a five-game thriller. Shoji would lead the team to another title in 1983 with a straight-set win against UCLA, becoming the first school to win back-to-back NCAA championships.
The Rainbow Wahine again returned to the national championship match in 1987, capping a 37-2 season with a sweep of Stanford for the program’s fourth national title and third NCAA title.
Under Shoji, UH has finished in the top 10 in 23 of the 28 final AVCA polls, and ranked in the top five 15 times. They have made it to the postseason in all but one year, finishing with a winning record in all 35 seasons.
Shoji, 65, was also responsible for the start of the men’s volleyball program in 1978. Shoji served as the men’s coach at UH from 1978-85, compiling a record of 81-48, leading the team to a Western Collegiate Volleyball Conference title in 1980.
Shoji was a three-sport athlete at Upland High School in California, playing football, basketball and baseball. He then moved on to UC Santa Barbara, where he played baseball for a year, along with three years of volleyball. He earned All-America honors as a volleyball player in 1968 and ’69. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1969.
After spending two years in the U.S. Army, Shoji returned to Hawai‘i to coach the Kalani High School girls’ and boys’ volleyball teams. He then took an assistant coaching job at Punahou School before taking the coaching job at Hawaii.
|NOTE: 2013-14 and Total stats as of Sept. 9, 2013|
|Bold indicates national championship season|