Shoji’s contract extended through 2017

We have a story in Tuesday’s paper by Ferd Lewis.

Coach and school have reached an agreement which has him coaching through 2017.
Board of Regents approval will be needed. Expected to get a bump in salary as well.


  1. Brandon March 31, 2015 6:09 am

    Both Castillo and granato make the fab 50 list, which they should of been ranked in the fifties by prep.

  2. warriorfan March 31, 2015 7:19 am

    I wonder if the new UH player is a transfer from Nebraska. I wouldn’t mind Molly Haggerty. Looks like she is transferring. Maybe her younger sister would follow..

  3. Cindy Luis March 31, 2015 8:15 am

    1. Thanks.

  4. hollycow March 31, 2015 8:22 am

    I guess VM doesn’t rate Norene Iosia as highly as other services. Two other setters named in the watch list.

  5. hollycow March 31, 2015 8:27 am

    2. I believe you meant Meghan, Molly is her younger sister.

  6. Brandon March 31, 2015 8:39 am

    You both mean maddie. She’s either going to be a sophomore or a junior. Mehgan is a senior this year and staying

  7. Cindy Luis March 31, 2015 9:10 am

    Alexa Etheridge (L, rising junior) Maddie Haggerty (OH, think she redshirted as a freshman last season) and Kira Larson (MB, rising sophomore) are no longer on the Nebraska roster for 2015.

  8. Cindy Luis March 31, 2015 9:12 am

    4. differs with VM’s opinion. Don’t know what the relationship is between those two rival entities.

  9. Robin March 31, 2015 9:38 am

    FAB 50 tally:
    Wisconsin 6
    Oregon 4
    Iowa State 3
    Illinois 3
    Purdue 3
    USC 3
    Texas 3
    Hawaii 2
    Michigan 2
    Nebraska 2
    Ohio State 2
    Minnesota 2
    Texas A&M 1
    Florida State 1
    BYU 1
    North Carolina 1
    Stanford 1
    Washington 1
    Florida 1
    Creighton 1
    Missouri 1
    UCLA 1
    Arizona State 1
    California 1
    UCSB 1
    Louisville 1
    Baylor 1


  10. Brandon March 31, 2015 10:05 am

    PSU only has one recruit coming in thats why and shes from puerto Rico. Setter for their JNT. Super athletic and talented. Wont be surprised if she starts and Bryanna trasnfers.

  11. Cubicle1126 March 31, 2015 10:48 am

    and to add to brandon’s post — penn st just had a monster recruiting class this past year … with frantti, washington and lee being starters/major contributors. their recruiting may be focusing on the next couple recruiting cycles beyond this one.

  12. Cubicle1126 March 31, 2015 10:51 am

    great to see that Shoji still has the energy to do this. i’m sure the excitement over the players he has coming in over the next couple years is playing a part in it. it’s a good group with a lot of potential. it makes sense then that Shoji is motivated to see what they can do.

    if this is his last extension, then at least we know when the end-date is … and fans and the school can prepare accordingly.

  13. bouncingball March 31, 2015 11:07 am

    Good to know the end of Shoji dynasty is a near certainty now. As good as he has been, it’s been pretty clear over the last few years that his best is behind him and the game has expanded and evolved beyond Shoji’s ability to bring greatness back to UH.

  14. AdmrVT March 31, 2015 11:33 am

    #13: It isn’t Shoji. He has been able to keep UH “relevant” in women’s VB where many others have slipped out of the limelight. IMO, when he does leave, women’s VB in Hawaii will never be the same.

  15. Brandon March 31, 2015 11:35 am

    Lol at you blaming shoji. Hawaii constnantly competes with the best of the best, with minimal recruits, because of shoji. Look at LBSU, pavific. They have all faltered since the 80s and 90s but shoji has kept hawaii relevant

  16. Seawalker March 31, 2015 12:57 pm

    Put me down for Tita Ahuna in 2018.

    Man, Shoji must be getting his chops busted by his potential recruits for a former year-to-year contract.

    Good to know that the godfather of volleyball will stick around and still wants to win it all in 2017.

  17. po'okela March 31, 2015 1:03 pm

    highly doubt it’s going to tita ahuna

  18. Brandon March 31, 2015 1:17 pm

    My money is on sealey. Not that I would want him, but he’s not a bad cosch. Poor recruiter? Yes, but far from a bad coach and UH loved him.

    My dream coach is dunning. Great man and great recruiter, but he’ll never leave stanford. Salina would also make a good choice

  19. Cindy Luis March 31, 2015 1:33 pm

    13. borders on the ridiculous. which really doesn’t deserve a response.

    But if Hawaii had been treated fairly by the NCAA selection committee the past decade or so … Just look at the last regional Hawaii hosted. Stacked with Hawaii, SC, Pepperdine and if Nebraska hadn’t faltered, they would have been out here as well. Can’t fight the agenda of the selection committee.

    Hawaii remains relevant and still considered a top program. Coaches from the BCS/Power 5 schools are all amazed that Shoji can do it with all the handicaps.

    Was Haley wrong when he said on national TV during the selection show “Occupy NCAA

    no one said it was his last extension. so 2017 might not be the end.

    18. it won’t be Dunning. I think Ahuna deserves a shot but she’s been out of the college coaching=recruiting circles for quite a while

  20. Cindy Luis March 31, 2015 1:48 pm

    9. do think you need to put it into perspective. How many scholarships do programs have to offer? As Brandon pointed out, PSU didn’t need much and I believe they consider Puerto Rico “foreign’ even if it is a U.S. territory or possession or commonwealth. Un-state I guess.

    Hawaii didn’t lose a lot either (Long, Mendoza, Adolpho) they get 2 Fab 50 and the two-time JC player of the year. And a freebie to be named with Huff moving to basketball scholarship.

  21. Cindy Luis March 31, 2015 1:53 pm

    18. it will be interesting when Shoji decides to retire. All depends on who is available qualified and the timing of the decision. And the agenda of the selection committee.

    Think Wong would be considered a front-runner if he decided to come back. and his resume is made stronger by his new head coaching experience. Need someone who knows how to recruit to Hawaii.

  22. warriorfan March 31, 2015 2:06 pm

    I have a feeling if Charlie Wade wins it all this year and has the UH warriors back in contention in 2016/2017 seasons, he will be asked to move over to the wahine. if that’s the case I hope Zarkovic takes over the warriors.

  23. Brandon March 31, 2015 3:20 pm

    Everyone said the 2011 honolulu regional was a death match. Hawaii statistically was the better team, and USC should of lost, but jupiter took over in the fifth set. There was a reason hawaii was ranked fifth at the end and got eliminated in the round of 16. And not to mention, that USC team was staked with fab 50 and top ten players. hawaii had 2. Croson and danielson and thats ALL theyve gotten since prep started. Meanwhile, texas currently has TEN top ten recruits on their roster. But we still beat them.

    Agreed cindy. Dunning would never come down.

    I wouldn’t mind wong. He’s always been a great recruiter and a great coach. I would love for him to take over for Hawaii. And don’t be shocked if a top coach decides to come to Hawaii. I mean Jmac left WASHINGTON for notre dame. I know he has connections and notre dame is notre dame, but it is possible for a top coach to leave. Just don’t think it will be dunning.

    Kevin would make a great coach, with his connections everywhere and him being a volleyball name.

    Also Karch would be nice, but I doubt he would take a job In hawaii. But hugh took minnesota so we will never know. If we could land karch, recruiting would SKY rocket. Overall, I dread the day we lose dave. He’s a legend, but Hawaii will be a great hands with whoever they hire.

  24. Cindy Luis March 31, 2015 3:21 pm

    22. Do not see Wade as the next Wahine coach.

    23. There were extenuating circumstances with McCutcheon taking the Minnesota job.

    If you remember he accepted UCLA, then changed his mind when Hebert left UM. Hugh’s wife Wiz Bachman was from Minnesota and you might recall that her father was killed during the 08 Bejing Olympics when Hugh was coaching the U.S. women.
    He took the job so they could be closer to her family.

  25. Cindy Luis March 31, 2015 3:30 pm

    23. As for McLaughlin, spoke with his brother Rick, the UCSB coach about that.
    He said Jim has always loved Notre Dame. And that this allowed his family to be closer to the grandparents and other relatives. Rick said he was not surprised that his brother took the ND job.
    I am a little only because Jim loves to surf.

  26. Cindy Luis March 31, 2015 3:46 pm

    anyway, new thread up for today’s UH-UCLA match

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