UH announces Wahine coach search

It’s not an announcement of Shoji’s retirement but they’d like to have a pool of candidates in place should his treatment require more time away form the job.
From UH
A nationwide job search for the head coach of the University of Hawai‘i women’s volleyball program is now underway.

The selection is contingent upon the anticipated retirement of current head coach Dave Shoji, who coached the Rainbow Wahine for 42 years and 1,202 career wins.

“Coach Shoji means so much to the University of Hawai‘i,” Matlin said. “We’ve been meeting regularly and determined that this was the best step as we move forward with the future of the Rainbow Wahine program.”

For those interested in applying, refer to the University’s Work At UH website for information on how to apply (workatuh.hawaii.edu).


  1. haka February 6, 2017 4:35 pm

    May his treatment go well whether he retires or not!
    Healing prayers to THE Coach!

  2. Brandon February 6, 2017 4:47 pm

    Assuming Coach Shoji retires, Im really hoping for Fisher or Sealey. Those two are people I believe could really do well with the Wahine. Sealey is an amazing recruiter and Fisher just knows how to coach.

  3. WaWa February 6, 2017 5:08 pm

    I have more of a list of hope-nots:

    (In no particular order)

  4. Vbfan February 6, 2017 5:18 pm

    Don’t know if Wade would leave the men’s team, but I’ll give him one thing he’s a great recruiter.

  5. haleiwacrossfitter February 6, 2017 5:25 pm

    Sad to hear, but had a feeling. I know it’s not an official retirement announcement, but I think it’s coming.

    I wonder how the search will go with the fact that it’s contingent upon him retiring. Will those who would normally apply, not apply? Will we possibly miss out on a candidate because of the process it takes replace a head coach, including giving your leaving school enough notice. Not sure about how this will turn out, but it is what it is.

    Pray for Dave’s health and his family. Nothing is more important.

  6. Andrew February 6, 2017 5:53 pm


    This is in no way a knock on coach Wade because he is doing an excellent job at recruiting but I would think it’s easier to recruit for the men’s game than it is for the women’s game considering the sheer amount of schools with teams vs talent available. The men’s game is growing but there’s definitely not as many teams as the women’s game does, thus more talent to spread around to less teams.

  7. Andrew February 6, 2017 5:55 pm

    I think his initial goal was to one day coach the wahine but who knows maybe he’s grown to really enjoy the mens team and is wanting to stay there.

  8. warriorfan February 6, 2017 5:55 pm

    1. Fisher
    2. Sealy ( because I think he’s a longshot)

    Again I think Dan Fisher would be a great choice, he just wins period.

  9. warriorfan February 6, 2017 5:58 pm

    Wade should stay with the men, he’s finally getting them in the right direction as far recruiting and building depth to compete with the top schools, why disrupt that?
    Plus Wade has been out of coaching and recruiting women for over 7 years now.

  10. haleiwacrossfitter February 6, 2017 6:31 pm

    I agree on Fisher. He’s my top choice. He’s a winner with lots of national team connections and national exposure. I think he would be perfect.

  11. haleiwacrossfitter February 6, 2017 6:35 pm

    But also, with Illinois looking for their replacement as well, there will be some competition for the spot. But, from what I’m hearing Illinois is looking for a top assistant vs a current head coach. At least that’s the word on the street. Lol

  12. warriorfan February 6, 2017 6:37 pm

    I do wonder if Illinois expressed some interest in our top choice, and why UH decided to speed things up in their search for Coach Shoji’s replacement.
    Just to not snooze and lose.

  13. warriorfan February 6, 2017 6:38 pm

    But more likely Illinois and Hawaii are not looking at the same candidates, since they probably want someone with midwest ties.

  14. seasider February 6, 2017 7:11 pm

    Hall will get the job…he was the number one recruiter for the Warrior volleyball program.

  15. warriorfan February 6, 2017 7:13 pm

    14. Doubt it ,and Wade has gotten even stronger recruiting since Hall left getting Stijn, Rado and Matautia.

    I could see Hall getting the head coaching job for the beach bows though.

  16. Cindy Luis February 6, 2017 7:32 pm

    AGAIN, this is not a retirement announcement. Spoke with Shoji this afternoon as the announcement was coming out. they are being proactive in getting a list together.
    As for Hall, he said he will put his hat in the ring but he’d really like to be the full time beach catch if UH would fully fund that coaching position.
    As much as I see Sealy in this position, he is in the middle of a five-year contract at UCLA and doubt if he would leave now.
    We’ll see what the process bring out. May be someone no one is thinking about .
    Could be someone not ready for 2017 but should Shoji retire after this season, would be available for 2018.
    the one thing Shoji has said is he doesn’t want a retirement tour. Which could mean he stays beyond this year.
    he sounded good on the phone. starts second round of radiation Tuesday.

    12. this had nothing to do with Stanford-Illinois domino effect.
    15. Hall is already the head beach coach.

  17. warriorfan February 6, 2017 7:56 pm

    Oh yeah, meant fulltime beach head coach, sorry about that.

    So if UH gets Fisher,Wong or someone else, will it be smiliar to the Terry Petitt/John Cook situation that Nebraska had in 1999 season?

  18. Rabbit ears February 6, 2017 8:50 pm

    I think both Sealy and Fisher are long shots.

  19. Cindy Luis February 6, 2017 8:51 pm

    17. well, he is the full time beach coach. just not paid as a full time coach.part of the job description as associate head coach indoor. Very much a money thing. but I feel Hall, given being a single parent with two young kids would rather be full-time coach in beach. But Hall has to apply for the indoor job. sort of like Sealy applying for the UCLA job that originally went to McCutcheon. if assistants want to be head coaches there is a need to apply for head coach openings.

  20. warriorfan February 6, 2017 9:18 pm

    Why is Fisher a long shot? It’s not like Pitt is a perenial national power like UCLA and hawaii are.

  21. Rabbit ears February 6, 2017 9:39 pm

    AC Conf.
    Pay is at least double of coach Dave.
    Made the NCAA @ Pitt.

  22. warriorfan February 6, 2017 9:46 pm

    21. that is false LOL
    the only coach that makes double what Shoji makes is Cook at Nebraska

  23. warriorfan February 6, 2017 9:47 pm

    UH VB program>>> any program in the ACC.

  24. haleiwacrossfitter February 6, 2017 10:19 pm

    I like Hall, but just don’t see him being the next indoor coach. He should be full time on the beach. If Hawaii wants to seriously contend for a national championship there, they need a full time coach.

    Fisher is not a long shot at all. He loves Hawaii, good connections out here and nationally. Not everyone chooses money over happiness.

    My biggest concern is that it’s not a full retirement announcement and I think the contingency part of it will turn some away. A late decision to retire will not give the new coach enough time to give notice to old school. We will see how this plays out. I love Shoji to death and don’t want him to leave. BUT…I think this way of looking for a coach is not the best route. The sooner a decision is made either way will be beneficial unless they decide to go with Hall for the interim this year.

    I’m not sure when Dave will make a final decision, but the longer it takes, it does hurt the search process. Just my opinion.

  25. Johwa February 7, 2017 2:15 am

    …please….no more punahou grads who didn’t think UH was worth staying home for and went away to play, and then come back and coach at UH…..enuff is enuff !!!!

  26. Ron February 7, 2017 6:22 am

    Agree with HCF. Also, the second round of radiation is what takes it out of you. He will need to rest a lot after that is over. Its not worth it Dave, take more time to enjoy your family, it’s up the University to carry on, you will be surprised how much more life is out there even for an active guy like you. You have given us this wonderful gift of Wahine volleyball for so many years. You may thrive on stress but is a killer. Let someone else deal with it.

  27. blunite February 7, 2017 9:12 am

    RE: Considerations

    A conundrum: prostate cancer chemotherapy vs quality of life.

    – Over 80% of male autopsies revealed various stages of prostate cancer.
    – Age has been identified as the primary risk factor.
    – Chemotherapy drugs attack the symptom, not the cause.

    RE: HC Applicants

    – Hawaii would do well with a high energy, knowledgeable young coach with international experience in recruiting. Someone Hawaii can afford, someone who will trek the globe for exceptional talent.

    If a national championship is the goal it makes no sense to hire someone lacking championship credentials; especially older more experienced (high salary) coaches. Most coaches compete for the same national talent, with the big name schools usually coming out ahead.

  28. Kauaiboy February 7, 2017 9:39 am

    Would Karch consider Hawaii ?

  29. haleiwacrossfitter February 7, 2017 11:34 am

    No way on Karch. He’s with the women through the 2020 Olympics. If Stanford couldn’t pull him, Hawaii won’t.

  30. Maverick February 7, 2017 1:49 pm

    21,22. See posts 69 & 70 of: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/volleyshots/hawaii-out-of-ncaa-no-update-on-taylor/

    Went through salary estimates previously, at the above thread. Cook makes $600K base, more than triple Shoji’s salary. You can do a google search to find the source articles.

    Fisher and Sealy are both viable candidates, and yes, money isn’t everything. If so, Shoji would have left a while ago to a big time program that could pay him north of $200K (particularly in CA). But I assume family, love of Hawaii, etc. are big reasons why he stayed. Sealy is the long-shot, but if I’m UH, I go after him with an aggressiveness you see in football hiring. Put your best foot forward and show him the love. If he says no, at least you tried your best. Fisher is a very good choice also. After that, no one remarkable with Hawaii ties comes to mind.

    And Shoji’s sons are not in the consideration set, not even close.

  31. vbfan February 7, 2017 2:04 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Dave has already been reaching out behind the scenes to gauge interest in the job. For all we know they may already have someone in mind, but this being a state job they have to go through the motions of doing a nationwide search.

  32. hilorain February 7, 2017 2:41 pm

    Reading between the lines, is it possible that Coach Shoji really wants to retire now, but is in HIS best interest to stay so his medical insurance stays intact? Would guess any medical insurance in retirement would factor in his cancer. Thinking UH is taking care of Coach Shoji in this manner. Just a thought.

  33. Maverick February 7, 2017 2:45 pm

    31. I’ve read he is a fully-vested state employee, so medical insurance in retirement won’t be an issue for him.

  34. Not an Expert February 7, 2017 5:21 pm

    All financial matters need to be explored which I believe they are working on to make sure he makes the best choices. Retirement benefits (disability or regular) including survivor’s benefit, medical insurance, etc. Once that is figured and the choices made the announcement will be made.

    Thus Shoji is getting his thing in order because it is important for himself as well as his spouse. Thus in turn by taking this avenue of the hiring of a new coach all can be in place when that time comes. I am sure the candidates will be told of the plan and what will done if they become the finals for the position.

    Looking at the process Shoji is taking care all that needs to be done for the program, his family and himself. Respect by the current AD and the department will mean a great deal to all future UH coaches hired and those coaching at UH currently and that catalyst is Mr. Dave Shoji.

  35. Cindy Luis February 7, 2017 6:58 pm

    Catching up on some of the comments
    Kiraly is not an option
    Sealy might be but as mentioned he’s in the middle of a five-year contract so he probably wouldn’t leave now. BUT since this isn’t a retirement announcement, perhaps the timing would be right in a few years.
    Don’t understand the problem people have with Punahou. Wong was an excellent assistant for Shoji, did a great job as the beach coach, and went back to his alma mater for a HC job.
    Fisher does not make double what Shoji does.
    If the beach job was full time, Hall would rather do that. but it is not full time and the way the associate coach’s job description works, that job doubles up as head beach coach.
    Wade told me he is not planning to put his name in. Feels they have a really good shot, especially with the move to the Big West, of getting to the national tournament.
    One name that got tossed out today is Wichita State coach Chris Lamb. Would not be surprised if he is considered for Illinois.

    I truly believe that there is no one already selected, not from the conversations I’ve had with people who would know.

  36. Cindy Luis February 7, 2017 7:21 pm

    new thread up.

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