Nakagawa named head trainer for Hawaii athletics

Raise a glass of good cheer for Lawrence Lam, who returns as assistant athletic trainer, and Lyn Nakagawa, who has been promoted to head athletic trainer. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

Lyn Nakagawa has been named UH’s head athletic trainer.

Nakagawa succeeds Eric Okasaki, who retired last week after serving as head trainer for more than 35 of his 46 years at UH.

Nakagawa is a highly regarded trainer who has worked with several UH teams. She also serves on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s board, as well as being the District 8 director.

Nakagawa, who grew up in Pearl City, is a Punahou School graduate and former soccer standout. She earned an undergraduate degree from Puget Sound and a master’s degree from Oregon State. She also worked as assistant trainer at OSU.

Lawrence Lam also has returned to UH as an assistant athletic trainer. Lam previously worked as a graduate assistant at UH.

Lyn Nakagawa taped up the ankles of Riley Luettgerodt at the Stan Sheriff Center prior to that evening’s basketball game against Utah State on Feb. 6, 2008. / Star-Advertiser file photo by Richard Walker
Athletic trainer Lyn Nakagawa and Dr. Robert Kagawa tended to Rainbow Wahine basketball player Destiny King in the 2015 Big West tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. / File photo by Darrell Miho, Special to the Star-Advertiser


  1. burro sabio August 7, 2019 2:36 pm

    Ekahi, Ichi, Uno,, One, Foist

    Congrats to Lyn Nakagawa!

  2. Greg nakagawa August 7, 2019 3:51 pm

    Congrats Miss Lyn

  3. Stephen Tsai August 7, 2019 6:22 pm

    This is one of those moves whose impact probably will go unnoticed. But Lyn and Lawrence — L&L — are solid hires. It starts with the health and well being of the student-athletes.

  4. Stephen Tsai August 7, 2019 6:45 pm

    Dr. Kagawa — “Bobby K” in the slow-pitch softball world — was in the blog host’s wedding party in 1982.

  5. kalua pig August 7, 2019 9:19 pm

    you already know cuz.

  6. burro sabio August 7, 2019 11:42 pm

    The key piece to a successful season will be Wyatt Tucker.

  7. Captain Ron August 10, 2019 1:43 pm

    I don’t recall seeing any information on where they will hold the Coach’s Luncheon when the season starts. Has anyone heard?

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