Dave Shoji has retired as head coach of the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team, UH-Mānoa’s most celebrated sports program. For 42 thrilling, inspiring years, Dave led the Wahine to four national championships and 25 conference titles. He is the second-winningest coach in NCAA volleyball history.
Yet Coach Shoji’s record is more than numbers in the wins column. Generations of fans know him as the standard by which our coaches are measured: gracious in victory, graceful in defeat, and classy always. We don’t need to look at record books to know he had 42 consecutive winning seasons—we know in our hearts it’s been a career of wins beyond the scoreboard.
With Dave’s full support and best wishes, former University of Hawaiʻi All-American, Olympian and assistant coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos will take over as the women’s volleyball program’s next head coach. In Robyn’s words, “Dave walked me out of the McKinley High School gym and into the Rainbow Wahine program and that created a lot of opportunities for me,” and she hopes to pay it forward with the next generation of Rainbow Wahine successes.
As we celebrate his remarkable run, we hope to extend Dave’s winning streak beyond his time as the leader of the Rainbow Wahine. For more than four decades, we stood together with Coach Shoji’s team for every Aloha Ball. Will you stand again, and honor Mānoa’s living legend with a supporting contribution?
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