congrats to Pestolesi, Pae Makaukau Award winner

A well-deserved recognition.  Dinner is this Sunday.

from UH:

Former University of Hawaii men’s volleyball standout Tom Pestolesi will receive the Pae Makaukau Alumni recognition award at the 4th Annual A‘o a Koa Scholarship Dinner which supports the Rainbow Warrior volleyball program. The dinner will be held Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Past winners include Manny Relator (2013), Mauli‘a LaBarre (2012), and Pono Ma‘a (2011).

Pestolesi, a two-year letterman for the ’Bows from 1982-83, earned third-team AVCA All-America honors in 1983. He began his career at Long Beach State before transferring to play for then-head coach Dave Shoji at Hawai‘i, where he was a two-time second-team all-California Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. He still ranks fourth all-time at UH with a 1.42 career blocking average.

After graduating from UH in 1983 with a degree in physical education, Pestolesi taught at Estancia High School, where he also coached the boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams. Among his former players included Adam Lockwood and Brandi Brooks, both of whom went on to star for Hawai‘i. He moved on to teach at Newport Harbor High School in 1993, where he coached Olympian Misty May as well as former Rainbow Wahine setter Jennifer Carey and USC All-American April Ross.Pestolesi helped to start the Irvine Valley College men’s team in 1991 and led them to state titles in 1993, 2007, and ’08. He continues to coach the IVC women’s program while also overseeing the men’s program as its Director of Volleyball. As head coach of the IVC women, Pestolesi led the Lasers to six state championship appearances with a runner-up in 2003 and third place finishes in 2009 and ’13.

An avid beach volleyball player, Pestolesi helped start the sport of women’s sand volleyball for the California Community Colleges and led IVC to the 2013 sand championships.


He is the currently the Hall of Fame Director for the California Community College Men’s Coaches Association and is the department chair for the Irvine Valley College’s Kinesiology department. Pestolesi is married to the former Diane Sebastian, who was a three-time All-American for the Rainbow Wahine volleyball program and they have three children; Tommy, Kari, and Danny.

 Proceeds will be used to help fund the summer school scholarships, recruiting, video equipment and additional/camp staff for Rainbow Warrior Volleyball. The event also features a silent auction with sports memorabilia, travel, golf, hotel and event ticket packages, dinner certificates and other great items.

A portion of the cost is tax deductable under IRS Chapter 501 C (3).





  1. Bulla January 15, 2014 3:59 pm

    Pesto has always been a positive influence in the lives of so many student athletes. He is well deserving of this award and just recently was awarded the 2013 Coach of the Year for 2 Year Colleges in the South West Region of the USA. GOD-gratulations for a worthy recipient!!!

  2. Warriorfan January 16, 2014 1:25 am

    Great choice,congrats to Coach Pestolesi.

  3. Close UP On Cindy January 16, 2014 5:54 am


  4. Close UP On Cindy January 16, 2014 6:09 am

    Okay. The real skinny. (Cindy won’t speak truth, so I’ll take the reigns) 🙂
    It’s wooing time…Pesto isn’t stupid. He himself knows that he’s sitting on a ‘gem’ which UH needs.

    GREAT accomplishments yet hopefully the banquet fills itself up with revelers or it could very well be a wash.

    Come on, everybody, buy those $75.00 tickets..NOT too? inexpensive in these economically challenging times.

    I found another glitch in the “system”. The SA needs to get more creative; Cindy shouldn’t be expected to burden everything herself. Cindy, although knowledgeable, doesn’t have a monopoly on everything VB–no one does, yet the newspaper seemingly takes for granted all things Cindy Luis. Posters to this blog shouldn’t have to fight their way through in being a “leader” in informative messaging.

  5. Close UP On Cindy January 16, 2014 6:36 am

    minus da ‘g’

  6. who January 16, 2014 8:32 am

    Did he really come here “to play for then-head coach Dave Shoji,” or did he come here because his future wife was here?

  7. Cindy Luis January 16, 2014 10:02 am

    4. no idea what you’re talking about CUOC. especially about not speaking the truth.
    BTW, it’s reins, not reigns, unless you truly want to rule this.
    and, yes, i do have the monopoly on my volleyball blog because it’s my blog. and I have been asked to do it.
    As for ‘wooing’ Pestolesi, this decision was made by the men’s program. But Shoji and the Pestolesi family have a long-established relationship. Shoji often stays at the Pestolesi home when in the area. And as I’ve said meany times, I think Mitchem is a very real possibility for UH in 2015.

  8. Cindy Luis January 16, 2014 10:03 am

    Yes, he really came to play for Shoji. He met Diane here.
    Actually it was Tom Shoji who first spotted Pestolesi and told him brother about him.

  9. Close UP On Cindy January 16, 2014 10:06 am

    Yeah, but “Cubicle1126” doesn’t rei ‘g’ n on this blog absolutely!

  10. Close UP On Cindy January 16, 2014 10:14 am

    Cubicle1126 is generally more into bylaws and wordy details. It cares a whole lot about what people think of him.

    Just an FYI, but I haven’t seen anyone here mention the fact that at Seattle’s FF the WS libero, AnneMarie Hickey, suffered a dislocated shoulder in the 4th set against PSU–she refused to come out of the game..later having it popped back into place for continued play.

    **I can remember a time when Na Wahine was as gritty themselves having won a number of NCAA WVB championships. 😉

  11. Close UP On Cindy January 16, 2014 10:20 am

    7. You know that this COULD in all possibility come back to haunt you (with the furry of the dredged (I mean, NOT dread-ed)) Na Wahine WVB fan…don’t you???

    YOU (on Mitchem) are being quoted by botohead–Po’okela as saying: ‘Mitchem has been CONFIRMED–by SA journalist(s) to be arriving in Manoa next 2015.”

    I’ve seen it myself. Be forewarned.

  12. Cindy Luis January 16, 2014 10:25 am

    appreciate the heads up
    all i’ve said on mitchem is that she is a real possibility (IMHO) and that when people have said she was a 2014 have pointed out that she would have to be 2015 after getting an AA

  13. who January 16, 2014 11:39 am

    Was there no POY award when Diane Sebastian was playing?

  14. Cindy Luis January 16, 2014 11:49 am

    Don’t remember the AIAW having a POY.
    The AVCA’s first POY was in 85.
    She got caught in the transition between the AIAW and NCAA. She was a sophomore on UH’s 1979 title team. Sebastian was a three-time AIAW All-American. the NCAA did a very limited All-American team in 1981. think only 12 players. Deitre Collins and Nahaku Brown were named from UH. then the AVCA took over.

  15. Cubicle1126 January 16, 2014 2:45 pm

    alright, i just saw this thread. and well, it’s pretty funny stuff! i don’t know who “Close UP On Cindy” is and why he/she is calling me out or has this obvious ‘disdain’ for me. (thank you for calling me “it,” by the way.)

    if you have an issue with me or anything that i’ve posted on here, at least say it to me, and not be all back-handed and passive-aggressive about it. i’ve never taken anything said on an anonymous blog or forum all that seriously. so you can tell me (or confront me). i promise i can take it!

    i will admit that i can be ‘wordy’ on here. at the same time though, it’s an accusation being leveled at me from a person who made 6 of the 14 posts on this thread alone! i mean, c’mon! LOL

  16. Cindy Luis January 16, 2014 3:13 pm

    Cubi, I enjoy your comments, wordy or not.

  17. who January 16, 2014 3:18 pm

    She was a fantastic player who probably should have been a 4-time AA, and possibly POY.

  18. Cindy Luis January 16, 2014 3:26 pm

    She was and probably should have been a four-tme AA. and a POY contender. UH was upset in the regional final by USC her senior year. Women of Troy went on to win the first NCAA championship.

  19. Close UP On Cindy January 17, 2014 9:16 am

    Why? “It” would be appropriate, wouldn’t IT?! I suspect that you’re a male but can’t confirm “It”, IT’ll have to be. Doesn’t ‘IT’ make IT for you, ‘it’?? 😉

    The wife does suggest the “passive-aggressiveness” at times, so you can have that one.

    I’ve been on VT for a number of years, myself, and although I’ve not directly passed judgment upon ‘Cubicle1126’ for years-on-end, the trend does exist which to me suggests interpretation in posting(s).

    My guess is you’re a journalist type yourself who cares deeply about how others interpret your writing…am I close??…you know that I am…I guess what’s amicable is to continue on with more vb.

    What about that backsliding Na Wahine WVB team??

    & for those other questions.

    Sebastian (#8) was UH’s leader until Deitre came along. She was likely, then, the AIAW’s POY type AVCA Most Valuable Player.

    I’ve got to say that I really miss Kathy Gregory, boy. It’s been a full year already, lol.

  20. Close UP On Cindy January 17, 2014 9:20 am

    in trepidation 🙂

  21. Close UP On Cindy January 17, 2014 10:21 am

    Back Cin. It’s been two hours …sheesh!

    Discovered this one, myself, a month ago when remembering Cathy Stukel.

    Kim Oden (1984-85) AVCA POY.

    Diane Sabastian–1979
    Linda Robertson–1980 (as Weishoff was merely a single year freshman)
    Cathy Stukel–1981
    Deitre Collins–1982-83
    Kim Oden–1984-85

  22. Cubicle1126 January 17, 2014 3:33 pm

    Close UP On Cindy – i am not a journalist, and i would say that i care more about making sure my posts are clear. how others interpret or take them, i can’t control. no one can. i’m still not clear what issue you have with me, so i do wish (and hope) that some day soon, your posts will be clearer ….

  23. Close Up On Cindy January 17, 2014 4:21 pm

    It has to be personality driven in order to move the ratings. 😉

    There’ve only been 4-6 posts, remember?

  24. Cindy Luis January 17, 2014 6:32 pm

    sheesh what?

  25. Close Up on Cindy January 17, 2014 6:46 pm

    It’s been eight hours now, I forgot already. 😉

    UCLA had those POY’s from 1974-1978.
    LBSU early 70s.
    (Sharon Peterson was a multi-AA there, Olympian/National Team member, 2x AIAW COY?)

    Do you know what’s going on in the legislature regarding UHH MVB??

  26. Close Up on Cindy January 17, 2014 6:51 pm

    My thought is that UHH and BYUH should propose Div.III *RATHER THAN* Div.II.

    & What’s up with Coach Kabalis and the Silverswords?? ..Beach ball?

  27. Cindy Luis January 17, 2014 7:06 pm

    25. the lists I’ve seen haven’t shown a POY for the AIAW. Doubt that Sebastian would have been it in 1979. she was a sophomore and UH would have listed it in their archives.
    As for UHH MVB, there has been major discussion but they don’t have the money.
    UHH and BYUH would go DII, not DIII. BYUH nearly revived MVB a while back but it was nixed by the AD.
    There was also discussion by the PacWest about MVB. IF Grand Canyon had stayed in the league, I think it would have gained some momentum. IF the PacWest sponsors sand VB, I think that the gender equity numbers then allow for the addition of men’s volleyball.
    I know that if Rockne Freitas has his way and gets the money, UH-WO will have MVB, and they’d be in the PacWest as a DII program.
    There are only two NCAA divisions for MVB, it’s a combined Di-II and DIII.

  28. Close Up on Cindy January 17, 2014 8:17 pm

    I’ll try this again…the abbreviated version.

    I did not know about being “nixed by the AD” over at BYUH. &Yes I’m certain it’s all about money, but Div.III teams/universities don’t have to pay for schollies which are good portion of costs. They’d have to pay for coach’s salaries and travel costs, but the local boys would be thrilled to have the opportunity to mere play/travel sans school tuition. I’d say that some to-the-point would take out their own private loans in meeting obligations.

    I did know about Cal Baptist, Grand Canyon, the PacWest, etc. yet
    Div.I and II get lumped together and Div.III is their own separate entity, okay, but

    The NCAA with its divisions does have variances within (i.e. university-xyz with its FB team playing Div.I and the rest of its athletics playing Div.II, theoretically)

    And to the point.. 😉

    Denise Corlett–1978
    I still say Sebastian–1979 (she led them to their title, SO Elaina Oden won it in 1986)
    Linda Robertson–1980 (I remember her during the blossoming/plunge of the WPVA..the girl could HIT&DIG) 🙂

  29. Cindy Luis January 17, 2014 8:21 pm

    Sebastian is here. I’ll ask her but I don’t think she did.
    Corlett an amazing athlete at UCLA. played 4 sports plus was the U.S. junior national badminton champ.

  30. Cindy Luis January 17, 2014 8:22 pm

    28. it’s not just money or scholarships. there are also gender equity numbers to be considered. simply put … athletic opportunities.

  31. Cindy Luis January 17, 2014 8:30 pm

    28. don’t know if you could say she ‘led’ them to the title, although Shoji will tell you that she was his first big-time recruit. Waynette Mitchell, Terry Malterre and Angie Andrade named to the all-tournament team, as was Sebastian. The list I have doesn’t have an MVP.

  32. Close Up on Cindy January 17, 2014 8:58 pm

    Got it. Thanks!!!
    It’s late here.
    The kids are sleeping.
    It’s just me and the wife up.

    Moving on/up-down in a possible ‘GOOD’ night.

    A hui hou. 😉

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