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Shoji leaves no milestone unturned.


As longtime University of Hawaii women's volleyball coach, Dave Shoji reflects on this past school year, it's full of milestones.

Shoji, who took charge of the program in 1975, was named national Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. He notched his 1,000th career victory, becoming only the second college volleyball coach to do so.

And when he wasn't courtside managing his players, he was in the stands --rooting for his sons Kawika and Erik, who play for Stanford University's men's team. Daughter Cobey remained close by as Stanford's director of volleyball operations.

Because Kawika is a graduating senior, the senior Shoji and his wife flew to many Stanford matches. Kawika and Erik are both first-team All-Americans.

"We didn't start out as a volleyball family, because all three kids were multisport," Dave Shoji says. "But they apparently developed some passion for it."

He has taken the Rainbow Wahine to four national championships. He says the 27-year gap between his Coach of the Year awards--he won the inaugural honor in 1982--is particularly gratifying "because it means we're still doing something significant after all this time."
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Title Annotation:spectrum; Dave Shoji
Author:Lum, Lydia
Publication:Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U9HI
Date:May 13, 2010
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