Could Saturday’s season ending loss to Minnesota in the NCAA Championship Tournament Regional Final, have been the end of the “rainbow” for University of Hawaii Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Dave Shoji?
The Rainbow Wahine, who went 29-2 in 2015 returned home to Honolulu from Iowa Sunday afternoon where their quest for a fifth Natonal Championship came to a close with a loss to the Golden Gophers just one win shy from the Final Four, and similar to recent years, the question from many in the Aloha State quickly turned to the future of Hawaii’s Hall of Fame Head Coach.
Having publicly contemplated retirement in the past, the 69 year old who was voted Big West Conference Coach of the Year this past season told KHON2 that his return for a 42nd season in Manoa remains undecided.
“Well, I’ve said this every year and it’s going to be the same story. I’m going to have to evaluate things and you know, it’s something that all people my age think about, so, we’ll think about it and try to make that call pretty soon” said, Shoji.
Shoji, who has led UH to four national championships, 28 regional appearances and nine trips to the final four stated that he’s excited for the possibilities of next seasons team, with the return of BWC Player of the Year Nikki Taylor along with the likes of starters Tayler Higgins, Savanah Kahakai, and Kalei Greeley to name a few, however, would not play a role in his decision.
“The team will be good again next year, and that won’t be the factor though, you know, if it wasn’t so good, maybe I (for sure) come back. Program is in good hands right now, so, that’s the main thing. We’ll just get through the holidays here and figure it out”
With 1,179 victories in 41 seasons, Shoji ranks second all time in NCAA Women’s Volleyball Head Coaching history, behind only Penn State’s Russ Rose, who owns 1,189 victories.