I like Ben Jay and hope he has a good run as University of Hawaii athletic director. But if and when Jay does leave UH (hopefully after success in getting the athletic department on good footing), would current volleyball coach Dave Shoji be a viable successor?
This comes to mind largely because Jay and Shoji have been working together to craft an administration role for Shoji — independent of Shoji’s yet-unscheduled retirement as volleyball coach).
The outline at this point is for Shoji — who has coached at UH for nearly 40 years — to assist Jay as an adviser and consultant on a wide variety of matters.
Shoji just turned 67 but seems as sharp as the day I first met him more than 30 years ago. The three-sport high school star is far from just a volleyball guy, and understands business and politics in Hawaii and knows where the real seats of power are and how to deal with them.
Nobody’s pushing NCAA Division I volleyball’s winningest coach out of that post. But when the time comes, if he wants it and assuming it’s less than 10 years from now, Dave Shoji could be a great choice as next UH athletic director.