Dave Shoji

Dave Shoji
Biographical details
Born (1946-12-04) December 4, 1946 (age 74)
Playing career
Baseball
1967 UC Santa Barbara
Men's volleyball
1968–1969 UC Santa Barbara
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Women's volleyball
1975–2016 Hawaii
Men's volleyball
1979–1985 Hawaii
Head coaching record
Overall 1107–185–1 (.857) (Women's)
81–48 (.628) (Men's)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
  • 4 National (1979, 1982, 1983, 1987)
  • 16 WAC regular season (1996–2011)
  • 11 WAC conference tournament (1998, 2001–2009, 2011)
  • 8 Big West regular season (1988–1990, 1995, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
  • PCAA regular season (1987)
Awards

Dave Shoji (born December 4, 1946) is an American sports coach who was the head coach of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Rainbow Wahine Volleyball team from 1975 to 2017. Under his leadership, the Rainbow Wahine won four national titles (1979, 1982, 1983, 1987).

As of September 6, 2013 his record was 1,107–185–1, which translates to a winning percentage of 85.7%.[1] On September 6, 2013 he became the winningest coach in Division I women's volleyball history with 1,107 wins, breaking the record formerly held by former UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski. Shoji earned the win in 4 games over Santa Clara University. His teams are known for having great ball control.[citation needed]

Shoji coached many standout players, including Deitre Collins, Teee Williams, Angelica Ljungqvist, Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, Kim Willoughby, Kanani Danielson and Nikki Taylor. Ah-Mow Santos succeeded Shoji as head coach of the Rainbow Wahine after his retirement on February 20, 2017.

Shoji played collegiate volleyball at the University of California, Santa Barbara, serving as the team's setter and earning All-American honors in 1968 and 1969. Shoji is also a graduate of the University of Hawaii ROTC program.

Shoji's elder son, Kawika Shoji, was a 3-year starting setter for the Stanford Cardinal men's volleyball team. During his senior year in 2010 Kawika led Stanford to the 2010 NCAA National Championship and was selected as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) player-of-the-year. Shoji's younger son, Erik Shoji, played as a libero for Stanford's volleyball team. Erik was the first player in AVCA history to earn first-team AVCA honors four years in a row.

Early life

Shoji was born on December 4, 1946. His father, Kobe Shoji, was a veteran of the 442nd Infantry Regiment who won two Purple Hearts. When he was four, his family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where his father became a well-known expert in sugar cane production.[2]

Head coaching record

Women's

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Hawaii Rainbow Wahine (1975–1984)
1975 Hawaii 16–2 AIAW Runner-Up
1976 Hawaii 14–5 AIAW 3rd Place
1977 Hawaii 22–5 AIAW Runner-Up
1978 Hawaii 28–10–1 AIAW 3rd Place
1979 Hawaii 36–5 AIAW Champion
1980 Hawaii 34–10 AIAW 3rd Place
1981 Hawaii 37–2 NCAA Regional Final
1982 Hawaii 33–1 NCAA Champion
1983 Hawaii 34–2 NCAA Champion
1984 Hawaii 33–11 NCAA First Round
Hawaii Rainbow Wahine (Pacific Coast Athletic Association / Big West Conference) (1985–1995)
1985 Hawaii 28–13 10–6 3rd NCAA Regional Semifinal
1986 Hawaii 31–7 15–3 2nd NCAA Regional Final
1987 Hawaii 37–2 17–1 1st NCAA Champion
1988 Hawaii 33–3 18–0 1st NCAA Runner-Up
1989 Hawaii 29–3 17–1 1st NCAA Regional Final
1990 Hawaii 28–6 16–2 1st NCAA Regional Semifinal
1991 Hawaii 26–5 15–3 2nd NCAA Regional Final
1992 Hawaii 15–12 11–7 4th
1993 Hawaii 19–11 13–5 3rd NCAA Regional Final
1994 Hawaii 25–5 15–3 2nd NCAA Regional Semifinal
1995 Hawaii 31–1 18–0 1st NCAA Regional Final
Hawaii Rainbow Wahine (Western Athletic Conference) (1996–2011)
1996 Hawaii 35–3 16–0 1st NCAA Runner-Up
1997 Hawaii 25–8 14–0 1st NCAA First Round
1998 Hawaii 32–3 13–1 1st NCAA Regional Final
1999 Hawaii 29–2 14–0 1st NCAA Regional Semifinal
2000 Hawaii 31–2 16–0 1st NCAA Final Four
2001 Hawaii 29–6 13–0 1st NCAA Regional Semifinal
2002 Hawaii 34–2 13–0 1st NCAA Final Four
2003 Hawaii 36–2 13–0 1st NCAA Final Four
2004 Hawaii 30–1 13–0 1st NCAA Regional Semifinal
2005 Hawaii 27–7 16–0 1st NCAA Regional Semifinal
2006 Hawaii 29–6 15–1 1st NCAA Regional Final
2007 Hawaii 27–6 15–1 1st NCAA Second Round
2008 Hawaii 31–4 15–1 1st NCAA Regional Final
2009 Hawaii 32–3 16–0 1st NCAA Final Four
2010 Hawaii 29–3 16–0 1st NCAA Second Round
2011 Hawaii 31–2 16–0 1st NCAA Regional Semifinal
Hawaii Rainbow Wahine (Big West Conference) (2012–2016)
2012 Hawaii 27–3 18–0 1st NCAA Second Round
2013 Hawaii 25–5 13–3 1st NCAA Second Round
2014 Hawaii 22–7 13–3 2nd NCAA Second Round
2015 Hawaii 29–2 16–0 1st NCAA Regional Final
2016 Hawaii 23–6 15–1 1st NCAA Second Round
Hawaii: 1107–185–1 (.857) 474–42 (.919)
Total: 1107–185–1 (.857)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Men's

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (1979–1980)
1979 Hawaii 5–2
1980 Hawaii 13–2 10–0
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (California Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) (1981–1985)
1981 Hawaii 12–9 8–8 5th
1982 Hawaii 14–8 9–7 T–4th
1983 Hawaii 12–7 10–6 T–4th
1984 Hawaii 11–9 9–9 T–6th
1985 Hawaii 14–11 [n 1] 9–9 6th
Hawaii: 81–48 (.628) 55–39 (.585)
Total: 81–48 (.628)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Notes

  1. ^ Shoji and Jim Smoot served as co-coaches during the 1985 season

See also

In film

Dave Shoji's role in the first few years of women's athletics at the University of Hawaii is chronicled in the documentary film Rise of the Wahine, directed by Dean Kaneshiro.[3] Dave was hired by UH's first female Athletic Director Dr. Donnis Thompson shortly after the passing of Title IX.

NCAA representation

On November 1, 2005, NCAA named an NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball 25th Anniversary Team.[4] The team featured Middle Blocker Deitre Collins and Coach Dave Shoji as head coach, of seven total honorees. Tonya "Teee" Williams had also been further named to the 1980s NCAA all-Decade team for accolades.

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