Sunahara to U.S. women's national team

Have been told that Hilo grad Reed Sunahara has taken an assistant’s job with USA volleyball women’s team. Sunahara resigned about a year ago after a number of years as coach at Cincinnati.

Not a real surprise. He was a teammate of USA head coach Karch Kiraly at UCLA.


  1. Msrpantoja1@Huh.'A'loha February 6, 2013 9:40 am

    Disapointing (though you never know still with one growing weary of KK; a couple of years with the man may be enough)…

    2015 looks more and more like ‘Plan C’:
    HC-Charlie Wade
    Ass-Tita Ahuna
    Ast-Robyn Santos

    Depending on if B. Launiere can get Utah out of the PAC dungeon the next couple of years, she might be a good hire.

    B. Starkey, (Int’l) W. Pacheco would also be good gets.

    UH would need to shell bookoo buck$ for Lang Ping.

    Of course they could always take a chance on ‘Plan Z’…..ME.

  2. Cindy Luis February 6, 2013 9:50 am

    Do not see Wade as the next Wahine coach. Don’t think Ahuna is interested anymore. And Ah Mow-Santos with two young kids probably not. Can’t imagine it ever being Launiere or Ping.
    It will be an interesting hire, whoever it is and whenever the time comes.

  3. Msrpantoja1@Huh.'A'loha February 6, 2013 9:54 am


  4. Warriorfan February 6, 2013 10:11 am

    I am gonna keep an eye on how Dan Fisher does at Pittsburgh, if he has some success there I could see him as one of the applicants once Shoji retires.

  5. Msrpantoja1@Huh.'A'loha February 6, 2013 10:49 am

    Were you a setter, in a 4-2 formation, waaay back in the day of 8th grade Jr. High?

    Did you happen to make all La Jolla district in thee most competitive sports’ community of San Diego, CA??

    I do know that you at some point became specialized in the very unique sport of bumper boat/inner tube crash derby (something like that), but what’s up???

  6. Warriorfan February 6, 2013 11:11 am

    wow ucsb hired away Misty Maa’s Miami coach.
    Way better hire than I could ever imagine that they could et.
    If she can turn them into a top 30 program like Miami that would be a big boost to the wahine’s rpi and the big west.

  7. Msrpantoja1@Huh.'A'loha February 6, 2013 11:23 am

    Your answer, at some point?, to the OPP Q on UH’s WVB team.

  8. wf February 6, 2013 12:47 pm

    interesting hire for UCSB and hope it helps Wahine!! Opp for Wahine this year has to be Taylor. Great pick up! 6’4″ and has a great arm. who doesn’t want that kind of player in their lineup.

  9. Warriorfan February 6, 2013 5:50 pm

    If Karch can lead the USA to a gold medal I could see him as a serious candidate for the wahine job as well if Coach Shoji retires in 4 years.

  10. Cindy Luis February 6, 2013 6:02 pm

    I was a setter but it was more of a 6-0 in the very competitive Catholic School League in San Diego. We won three city championships in both volleyball and volleytennis at St. Agnes. which is in Point Loma, not La Jolla.
    played basketball in high school. We were Catholic League champions my freshman year. We did well in CIF Eastern Division in San Diego. You have to remember this is pre-Title IX
    college … the sport was co-ed inner tube water polo. and a lot of other IM sports.

  11. slBrown February 7, 2013 7:18 am

    KK would NEVER consider Hawai’i in submitting an application to start with. In the same way that many, today, feel about that USC commentator (Kelly Tenant? I think is her name)…well, Kiraly was the same way back in the day about/toward UH.

    UCLA’s and UH’s rivalry goes WAY back as people know (and Bruin Cindy Luis could attest to the fact); MANY UCLA alum, esp. in WVB, have bittersweet feelings for Na Wahine. Vice-versa also. The UH M’sVB program was a nonfactor compared to LA’s…it was only ’til Wilton arrived in Mano’a generally speaking that UH consistantly started doing well in the MPSF (placed at the recommendation of Shoji, too).

    Never knew that a 6-0 existed.

    Funny that in the “6-0” there is no substitution and you use six players; the minor difference between a “6-2” and a “6-0” is that the setter and opposite are substituted as they change rows. When the setter goes to the front row, instead of becoming a hitter, a new hitter substitutes in…EXACTLY like da UW Huskies (in 2012).

    A setter in a 6-0?
    …pretty sophisticated offensive ‘system’ ran there at St. Agnes. I guess it’s why San Diego has ALWAYS been a hot spot for girls vb through the years.

  12. Msrpantoja1@Huh.'A'loha February 7, 2013 7:39 am

    Another anoited, appointed “would-be” could be, Scott Wong.

    Personally, IF Scott, I’d request Kawika Shoji as another assistant along with Robyn.

    HC-Scott Wong
    Ast-Kawika Shoji
    Ast-Robyn Santos

    HC-Kevin Wong
    Ast.-Michelle Meyer
    Volunteer-Danny Alverez

  13. Cindy Luis February 7, 2013 7:43 am

    Don’t see Kawika coaching for quite a while. he is playing professionally and likely will be the U.S. setter for the 16 Olympics.

  14. Msrpantoja1@Huh.'A'loha February 7, 2013 7:50 am

    Three’s a crowd (at the top)…
    Kawika–likely–will be the proverbial third wheel and thus the third man out for 2016.
    Great accomplishment(s) non-the-less.

  15. Warriorfan February 7, 2013 7:58 am

    No way, Im pretty sure both Kawika and Erik are going to be going to Rio and on the team….
    The trip to London was like a practice run for the Shoji last summer.

    Can you even name the two setters ahead of Kawika? because im pretty sure that Suxho is retiring, he’s already 37.

  16. Cindy Luis February 7, 2013 8:05 am

    Agree there is a crowd at Setter for ’16. We’ll see who is there in the end. They had Suxho (USC) and Thornton (UCI) at the Olympics. Hansen (Stanford) was a backup. Suxho will be 40 in 16, Thornton 31, Hansen 34. Jonathan Winder (Pepperdine) on the current roster. He’s 6-8 and will be 30 in 16.
    Shoji (Stanford) 6-3, would be 28 in Rio.

  17. Msrpantoja1@Huh.'A'loha February 7, 2013 8:05 am

    Why don’t you name a few prospective setters and I’ll give you the okay on whether they’re good for Rio OR not (as Kawika will be).

    Erik will be there. Everyone knows that’s a given.

  18. Cindy Luis February 7, 2013 8:12 am

    To clarify the 6-0 system. Everyone set, everyone hit. but i was was designated to take the pass if possible.
    Besides this was the 60s and it wasn’t all that sophisticated. When I first exposed to the sport, there were 8 players on the court and rotation in an S pattern 3 front, 3 middle, 2 back. Server at right back would then rotate to left front.
    San Diego has traditionally had good players. outdoor sport for the most part in those days. Only played in Muni Gym for tournaments and championships. and on the beach for fun during summer.

  19. Cindy Luis February 7, 2013 8:16 am

    Msrp, did give you names. I think Winder will be on the team. Was just pointing out the ages of the current roster setters if they stay through 16.

  20. Msrpantoja1@Huh.'A'loha February 7, 2013 8:26 am

    “Marp” sounds good.

  21. Cindy Luis February 7, 2013 8:27 am

    SLB, have to disagree a bit about the comment that the Warriors didn’t do consistently well in the conference, which has changed names from the WCVC to the CIVA to the WIVA then the MPSF. Shoji and Rosehill had some pretty good teams. But agree the Warriors didn’t do well against UCLA consistently. believe first win came in 83 (Shoji) after five straight losses. They beat the Bruins next in 86 (Rosehill).
    UH made the championship tourney in 81, 82, 83, 86, 88, 89 and 92.
    Wilton hired in 93. First time UH reached the final four was 95, then 96. 95 semis they lost to Penn State in five in Springfield, in 96 lost to UCLA in the final in five at UCLA.
    Bruins hold a 59-21 series lead, including this year’s win by the Warriors.

  22. Cindy Luis February 7, 2013 8:29 am

    sorry hit A instead of S.

  23. slBrown February 7, 2013 8:56 am

    Personally, I’d like to change gears a bit.
    The sand VB team has a boatload of leftside hitters; and so, yes, some will be “forced” to play on the rightside.
    Tiegs a rightside hitter is not released…very ‘Brigado’ (roll eyes)

    My predictions for UH-WSVB this 2013:

    (1) Long – Croson
    (2/3) Lelepali – ManuOlevao / Urban – Kastl

    (4) Johnson – Zalopany
    (5) Riggs – Mount


  24. slBrown February 7, 2013 11:21 am


    Is any body out there?

  25. slBrown February 7, 2013 11:32 am

    Never-the-less/nonetheless some of you are consistent in bloginash-ish personages (I’ll give you this).

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