Wahine job update

We’ll have a story in Friday’s paper about where the process is.
Application deadline was Monday, Feb. 11
Some 40 applications were received by the UH AD/personnel office.
Although the deadline was Monday, UH is open to receiving other applications in what they call ‘rolling’
but those won’t have priority over those received by the deadline.

They’d like to have a decision made within the next two weeks. which would be in time for the first of the three spring exhibitions on Feb. 28.
It could very well be Shoji or it could be someone else.
As I have mentioned before, Scott Wong did not apply. He called to tell me that earlier this week. Pestolesi did not apply.

as also mentioned, Jeff Hall has applied. Charlie Wade said he won’t. Wade said he is confident in the Warriors getting to the national championship tournament and win a title in the next few years.

Have good reason to believe that Sealy did not apply.

Some have asked me on previous threads what I think is going to happen. I honestly don’t know because I don’t know what Shoji is going to decide. He said he wanted to wait and see how this second round of radiation went and re-evaluate.
I could see him coming back for this season just as easily as see him retire.

As for the three exhibitions, the only thing i have confirmed are the dates which are Feb. 28, March 16 and March 21. They are working on some sort of ticket package that includes all three.
Can tell you is that there will be one Japanese team and that fans will be pretty happy with the other 2 teams.
As also mentioned, Greeley is out for spring.


  1. Cindy Luis February 16, 2017 7:55 pm

    Tonight in the MPSF
    *USC 3, Stanford 0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-23)
    *Pepperdine 3, CAL BAPTIST 1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21)

    Hawaii 5-2 in third behind Long Beach State 8-1 and BYU 5-1
    i know, i know, if only UH had not folded that first night against the Beach.
    UCLA 7-4, have lost three of the last four, still dealing with injuries.
    Other teams above .500: Stanford 5-3, UCI 6-4, Pepperdine 4-3.

  2. Brandon February 16, 2017 10:13 pm

    One of the teams is Minnesota. Or so Minnesota fans have been saying on Volleytalk.

  3. Warriorfan February 16, 2017 11:32 pm

    Minnesota should come for a real match.

  4. haleiwacrossfitter February 17, 2017 12:27 am

    I agree with a lot of posters on here, I just don’t think top quality coaches will apply until it’s a full retirement announcement. If Dave announces he is retiring later, we will miss a significant timeframe to get a quality coach. I would rather see them just put Hall as interim until a final coach is put in place. I don’t think he should be the next 20-30 year coach.

    I would love to see a new coach go after internationals. I would also like to see a coach play the rpi game and play some matches on the road. I know we make a lot of money on these pre-season tournaments, but I would be ok if we just had 2. We normally have another pre-season team come in after the 3 tournaments, so that could give them a solid two weeks to travel to a power 5 conference team. It’s sad, but we need to play the rpi game to stay relevant in today’s college landscape.

    I hope Fisher applied. Hawaii connections, power 5 conference connections, international connections and national team connections. And the dude just wins. We need him.

  5. idk February 17, 2017 6:09 am

    They’re conducting interviews for a new HC… but shoji may still come back? How does this work? What are they telling the applicants? How are they getting serious quality applicants if the job opening int really an opening?

  6. Ron February 17, 2017 6:45 am

    Something is definitely up.

  7. connor February 17, 2017 6:45 am

    I have to say that this is the strangest search for a new coach that i have ever seen. only the UH in its usual fumbling would think that it could hire a good coach without knowing if there is going to be a vacancy. This could be partly Shoji’s ego controlling the process, but it seems to me a waste of time if the purpose is to get the best group of applicants. I have to suspect that there is some kind of deal being worked out behind the scenes.

  8. noblesol February 17, 2017 6:49 am

    The process suggests Shoji and UH don’t consider this a normal coach’s tour. They want applicants who consider this a once in a lifetime opportunity and who are willing to make a little leap of faith here. It’s likely they hope this process will screen out those without the desire or ability to appreciate and adapt to the existing culture, and what will likely be much more work than the pay can adequately compensate them for, at least in the beginning.

  9. Kazu February 17, 2017 8:41 am

    This is a weird way that UH is going about looking for a HC. Shoji haven’t decided yet if he will retire. I’m surprised that there were 40 applicants and their still accepting applications. This tells me that out of the 40 none of them is what Shoji’ or Matlin feels comfortable with. They would be lucky to get some one from the Big Five Conference being that UH wouldn’t be able to match up with what those conference’s have to offer.If they do get one that person must really want to be here.

  10. livealoha February 17, 2017 8:55 am

    Fisher or bust!

  11. turfwar February 17, 2017 9:59 am

    I think it’s safe to assume at this point that the message applicants are being told is that Shoji has retired and the job is available. What can be told is what the UH and Dave is agreeing to be released to the media. But anything else will just be a pleasant surprise that Dave will indeed come back for a final season. I know Dave has a small list of coaches that he would want as his successor, which has already been discussed, and that he would do everything in his power to come back if he can’t get one of those guys but this was his wishes over a month ago. At this point I’m sure he realizes there are far more important things in his life going forward.

  12. Arghp February 17, 2017 10:54 am


    What do you think of the way the powers that be have handled this search?

    Was there any ever thought to Shoji taking leave from the team, have Hall act as head coach, then Shoji could return or retire based upon how treatment goes?

  13. warriorfan February 17, 2017 11:00 am

    I am a little worried that the salary range listed is soo low, but I think if they get the guy they want , he will probably be making about the same as Coach Shoji was.

    Very anxious for these next two weeks, Hope UH (Matlin) makes the right decision.

  14. vbfan February 17, 2017 12:08 pm

    13- I look at the salary range as a loose guideline more than anything else. I’m sure that Matlin and Shoji are well aware of the type of salary offer it would take to lure a successful head coach.

  15. Maverick February 17, 2017 12:21 pm

    Let’s assume a bad case scenario in which Wong, Sealy and Fisher don’t apply for the job. So who is the next best candidate with a Hawaii connection?

  16. shoichi February 17, 2017 12:38 pm


    I think if Wong, Sealy and Fisher all don’t apply. One of the top if not the top candidate for the position would likely be Jeff Hall who is on the Hawaii staff at the moment. Since he has a relationship with the current staff and players while he also doubles as the sand vball coach.

  17. warriorfan February 17, 2017 12:44 pm

    Some other options with no Hawaii ties.
    with head coaching experience Brent Crouch, portland head coach, was the 2016 WCC coach of the year. He likes recruiting in Hawaii a lot, seems to like spending time here period.

    Sam Crosson, is slowly improving Cal Poly back to top 30 caliber.

    Assistants, How about we take Sealys top assistant Kaitlyn Nielson, she’s the one responsible for a lot of their recent recruiting success. Personally I like Brad Keller who is the associate for Speraw at UCLA men, but he’s also coached women before.

  18. warriorfan February 17, 2017 12:46 pm

    For me right now It’s Fisher the top choice and Crouch the second choice.

  19. Maverick February 17, 2017 12:50 pm

    I just read the Ferd Lewis article. Who do folks think the fourth candidate Shoji gave to Matlin is? Hall?

  20. Warriorfan February 17, 2017 12:53 pm

    19. Dave rubio the arizona coach.

  21. Maverick February 17, 2017 1:01 pm

    20. Oh yeah, forgot about him. It is possible that if Matlin doesn’t like any of the 40 who applied, he will continue the process and could go after one of the 4 mentioned if they did not apply. Or announce Shoji is back, which makes this process academic (unless they go the HC-in-waiting approach Nebraska took with Cook). Or announce Shoji is retired and make a bigger push for new applicants. Or he may just hire someone who doesn’t get many of the fans really excited in the hope that person continues the program’s success. In other words, anything can happen at this point.

  22. Maverick February 17, 2017 1:12 pm

    I was finally able to locate this candidate, he is in London:

  23. Ron February 17, 2017 1:33 pm

    Waldo is too flighty! Here’s my sleeper. Brent Hillard Ass. head Coach at USD.

  24. Uncle Fester February 17, 2017 2:34 pm

    None of us have complete information, so our conclusions are not worth a whole lot. Cindy no doubt knows more, but she ain’t sayin’, probably because she promised not to.

    My not-worth-very-much opinion: 1. Many wonder about the reasoning behind advertising for a coach if it is possible that Shoji is coming back. Shoji is not coming back, especially if they can get the guy they really want.

    2. The smart people have not applied for a reason. They (and maybe UH, too) want to preserve appearances. The coaches need to be pullled kicking and screaming from their current positions; by applying for the UH job those coaches are not sending a nice message to their current employers. The coach needs to be able to say that he was minding his own business planning for the upcoming season and even after telling UH he wasn’t interested (by not applying), UH nonetheless barged in, made an offer he couldn’t refuse, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportinity suddenly presented itself. What could I do? I can’t turn this down; my family is ecstatic. It’s the only job that could take me away from here, but I never in a million years thought that I would have a chance. You get the idea.

  25. Uncle Fester February 17, 2017 2:50 pm

    In other words, this is not a position that people apply for. It is a postion where UH goes out and gets the person it wants.

  26. Cindy Luis February 17, 2017 3:57 pm

    new thread up about spring matches, and yes Minnesota is coming
    as is Kansas and Osaka.
    24. i don’t know a whole lot more about who has applied.
    agree it is curious the way they are doing it.
    as mentioned previously, my feeling is they did it this way so that inquiries were directed to the AD and not to Shoji or Hall or Wade, all of whom were getting texts, calls and emails.
    Rubio has been mentioned out in volley land just because of his friendship with Shoji, the same with Chris Lamb at Wichita State.
    the other ‘local’ ties who have been mentioned, in no particular order, are Allen Allen, Deitre Collins-Parker, Reed Sunahara and Tita Ahuna.

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