Tuesday check-in, Freitas added to indoor roster

Carrying over the discussion from yesterday on Shoji
Some interesting names thrown out, a number who would not be interested in the job.
As mentioned on previous thread, Wade said he is not going to apply, said he has not heard that Shoji is retiring, and that “Dave should coach as long as he wants.”

Not sure if I mentioned this earlier but Kahakai has decided not to play beach this year.
Also joining the indoor roster for spring workouts is King Kekaulike grad Treyanna “Trey” Freitas, a 5-4 DS/L, has transferred from Washington State and is on the Wahine indoor roster for spring.


  1. uhfan February 7, 2017 7:35 pm

    Oh, another DS. What we really need is a terminator.

  2. T103 February 7, 2017 8:02 pm

    Wooooo, all these speculations, kinda making it fun. IMO, which doesn’t mean much, is that dave really doesn’t want to retire just yet, I’m assuming that he’s probably taking a wait and see approach to how the treatment is gonna to be affecting his body, which I hope it all turns out well and he’s able to coach as long as he has to. IMO I think in him initiating the search alongside UH now, he wants to leave the program in a good place WHEN he does retire, whether that be b/c his body can’t handle it, or he decides its the right time for him. I can’t imagine him just ditching the program he built from scratch, that doesn’t go along with his character and passion for the game. He probably does have a huge say in who they hire next, and that is great, the program will be fine, and in capable hands, I’m not worried, actually excited that we get to hopefully see dave coach a little while longer and excited who gets to inherit such a storied program, what an honor!

  3. blunite February 7, 2017 8:26 pm

    One prominent coach, who would have no trouble filling Shoji’s shoes, is Russ Rose (Penn State.)

    The Big Ten is wearing upon him, and money may not be his first consideration. (Almost the entire conference roots against him and his team.) Russ stated on national media that he would love to have a pool of in-state volleyball players to chose from like Hawaii, but that is not the case in Pennsylvania.

    Almost a perfect match, his name alone is a recruiting draw, and Hawaii’s volleyball mecca is known nationally. Moreover, he is getting on in years and a sun drenched Hawaii would be an upgrade in weather conditions (not to mention his retirement plans.)

  4. Warriorfan February 7, 2017 8:28 pm

    1. Hard to add one wih no scholarship available!

  5. ron February 7, 2017 8:54 pm

    No women have been mentioned yet. I think Tara Hittle will be a great coach once she gets more experience. I loved her feisty personality and she has been very successful at the club and high school level.

  6. eMpTy February 7, 2017 10:16 pm

    How is it that no one has mentioned Pestolesi (sp) yet? He needs one more year to be tenured where he is at and then he could move on. Seems like the timeline is just about right for him. Just a thought.
    Go Bows.

  7. haleiwacrossfitter February 8, 2017 12:21 am

    There are not many human beings better than Pesto. But, I don’t see him making the transition to D1. It’s a big jump and I think Hawaii wants an established D1 coach.

    I never thought about Lamb before, but wouldn’t be upset with him being the hire. But, Illinois might have the inside track on him AND Fisher if they want a current head coach.

    I really don’t know who would, right now, have the inside track.

  8. rage777 February 8, 2017 5:18 am

    If I was naming a female coach, I would go more with Tita Ahuna or Deitre Collins-Parker.

  9. Ron February 8, 2017 6:40 am

    I thought of Pesto also. He and his wife are probably too entrenched in Orange County. I am sure he could handle the x’s and o’s part of the job and he would be a great recruiter. We are not looking for another Dave Shoji because none exists. We want someone who will keep us relevant at the national level of women’s volleyball.

  10. vballfreak808 February 8, 2017 7:30 am

    1. I think it’s good to add Freitas this season because Anderson, Guinasso, and Kahakai are all seniors this upcoming season so we need players who have experience in the program once they graduate. There’s also no guarantee that Ross and maybe even Gong will be practicing at DS full time so having Smith, Okino, and Freitas practicing DS full time is beneficial.

  11. Andrew February 8, 2017 8:11 am

    Do you see the University making the beach job full time? Or even with the sport expanding are they going to keep it part time along with the indoor associate job?

  12. hollycow February 8, 2017 8:16 am

    Two well known successful D1 head coaches will not apply for the UH position until Shoji goes public that he is retiring. I’ve had thoughts that this would happen and is obviously understandable with their status at their current position.

  13. Ohana Hawaii February 8, 2017 8:59 am

    This is the sadness days for UH sports program!. I was and still a University of Hawaii wahine volleyball fans since my high school years!. GOOD LUCK DAVE!. THANK YOU FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF SEEING UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII WAHINE VOLLEYBALL TEAM UP IN THE COUNTRY!

  14. Mytake February 8, 2017 11:58 am

    Posting a coaching job for a job that’s not vacant and don’t know when it will be vacant is just weird. Am I the only one who thinks this is a ridiculous? What successful current HC is going to apply for a position that is not yet available? Some how I don’t think this is the real story. I think Shoji is officially done but they don’t want to lose this years commits.

  15. blunite February 8, 2017 12:03 pm

    Another DS is welcome as passing has been a sore point since Longo left, Moreover, Hawaii ranked 9th in conference on digging last season, down from 6th the previous season.

    The incoming freshmen may help but it would not be surprising if Shoji leaves after next season.

  16. Kauaiboy February 8, 2017 12:04 pm

    I personally think Dave will walk away if he gets the coach he thinks will leave the program in good hands.

  17. Kauaiboy February 8, 2017 12:08 pm

    This is volleyball people, most schools won’t hold it against their coach if he/she expresses interest in one of the best volleyball jobs in the world.. People are seriously overthinking things…

  18. livealoha February 8, 2017 5:22 pm

    Hawaii has way too many defensive specialists. They seemed to have gone away from that in recent years, but they are back to 10 or so. I’ve never understood the point of it, except giving people opportunities to play D1 – particularly local players.

  19. Rabbit ears February 8, 2017 7:25 pm

    18- I Agree with you. I would rather have Mags serve and play back roll then a ds. We do need a couple ds though. And we do need local girls on the team. Plus they are not tokens. They work their butts off with no scholarship.

  20. warriorfan February 8, 2017 7:41 pm

    WHy does it matter how many DS’s are on the team?? Who cares, Only one is on scholarship. If the girls want to be on the team and help out down the road why does it matter.

  21. warriorfan February 8, 2017 7:43 pm

    I just don’t understand why people complain about the number of DS players on the roster every year, it doesn’t hurt the team at all.
    And it’s not like Outsides and middles are looking to walk on.

  22. Eric96822 February 8, 2017 9:53 pm

    We need a coach who can simply coach well and recruit awesomely. We need a recruiter like Texas’ Elliot, but not coach like Elliot. With the recruiting classes that he has had, it is crazy that he has not won more national championships. Anyway, it will be interesting to see who gets chosen. I am not holding my breath though for anything happening soon.

  23. warriorfan February 8, 2017 10:04 pm

    IMO UH should not settle for anything but the best. We need a coach that has head coaching experience and wins over ranked opponents and that has taken his team to the NCAA tournament. That should exclude Wong and Hall.

  24. livealoha February 8, 2017 11:26 pm

    warriorfan, I’m entitled to have an opinion and this is a blog where I can post it. Jeez.

  25. Hot February 9, 2017 5:43 am

    I also don’t get the comments about there being too many DS. Besides, they’ve NEVER had 10 on the roster. And I’m not sure about “they seem to have gone away from that in recent years.” They’ve always had 4 or more DS/Liberos. And they’ve had as many as eight in 2012, which is still pretty recent.

    4 (Villaroman, Ilustre, Watanabe, O’Brian)

    4 (Villaroman, Watanabe, Woolford, Carlson)

    4 (Watanabe, Ong, Woolford, Silva) plus Fotu and Thurlby

    6 (Watanabe, Ong, Woolford, Kitaguchi, Lee) plus Thurlby

    6 (Lee, Ong, Woolford, Kitaguchi, Duggins, Recca) plus Thurlby

    5 (Ka’aihue, Lee, Woolford, Kitaguchi, Duggins)

    5 (Hittle, Ka’aihue, Lee, Maeda, Prather) plus Brandt

    6 (Ka’aihue, Lee, Maeda, Robins, Kam, Griffiths)

    4 (Ka’aihue, Maeda, Kam, Griffiths)

    6 (Maeda, Griffiths, Kam, Lelepali, Kawamura, Blake)

    8 (Maeda, Longo, Kam, Lelepali, Kawamura, Mendoza, Ponce, Spieler)

    5 (Longo, Lelepali, Kawamura, Mendoza, Ponce)

    5 (Mendoza, Ponce, Kahakai, Guinasso, Anderson)

    4 (Kahakai, Ponce, Guinasso, Anderson)

    7 (Kahakai, Ponce, Guinasso, Anderson, Smith, Ross, Okino)

    7 (Kahakai, Guinasso, Anderson, Smith, Okino, Gong, Freitas)

    Hawai’i NEEDS a GOOD DS to backup Kahakai or help with the passing. In case you haven’t been watching, passing has been below par. And you never know when injuries and illnesses happen. I’m thankful UH had those additional DS on the roster when Ashley Watanabe went down with injury in 2004 and her primary backup had to replace a struggling front row player.

    As someone also mentioned, half of the DS in the current roster will be graduating, including the libero. That would leave just Smith, Okino and Freitas as the only true back row players. I’m not sure Ross will be training as a libero/DS, unless someone really takes ownership of Taylor’s spot.

  26. vbfan February 9, 2017 7:29 am

    In the article by Ferd Lewis this morning he said Shoji gave Matlin a list of 4 names, 2 of which are Scott Wong and Dan Fisher.

  27. blunite February 9, 2017 9:40 am

    With all due respect to Wong and Fisher, neither has won a national championship; plus, I doubt either won their conference. Whether they failed to recruit better talent or have reached their level of competence, what you see is what you get.

    A national championship would be the ultimate goal, Top 5, an Elite program. Neither Wong nor Fisher meets any of these goals.

  28. Cindy Luis February 9, 2017 9:50 am

    Agree with the comment. Who cares how many DSs they have. she’s here for spring, doesn’t mean she will be here for fall. she’s not on scholarship so don’t understand why there is an issue.

    26. There is a preliminary list but the reason they opened it up officially is to see if there are other qualified applicants out there.
    When Ferd writes, ” reportedly including Pittsburgh’s Dan Fisher and Pepperdine’s Scott Wong” the “reportedly” is from the story I wrote for Tuesday’s paper.

    I agree that the process seems weird but this is how I’ve come to see it.
    ever since Shoji announced that he had cancer, people have been calling, texting, emailing him, Hall, Wade and others in the athletic department asking if Shoji was retiring and if they should apply.

    By going public with the process, all those inquiries now go to the AD and not Shoji, et al. They all have other things to concentrate on, Shoji his health, Hall with both indoor and beach, and Wade with the men.

    Now i don’t now if this is the reason that they did it this way but I think it makes the most sense.

    as for Rose, no way is he leaving Penn State.

  29. Cindy Luis February 9, 2017 9:53 am

    new thread up for Thursday

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