The Hawaii Rainbow Wahine have added Nick Castello to their coaching staff this week as he will serve as the volunteer assistant under first year head coach Robyn Ah-Mow Santos.
Castello returns to Manoa as he played his college career as a libero for the Warriors’ men’s team from 2010-12. He appeared in 55 matches and 203 sets where he collected 404 digs and averaged 1.99 digs per set. In 2012, he was named All-MPSF Honorable Mention. During his senior year, he averaged 2.28 digs per set that ranked him fourth in the MPSF and 14th in the nation.
Prior to his two seasons at UH, Castello played two seasons at Irvine Valley College where his team won the Pacific Coast Conference championship in 2010 and was named the conference player of the year where he averaged 4.03 digs per set. He was also selected to the All-PCC First Team in both his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Since his graduation, he has moved on to the professional game where he played in the Czech Republic for Club Ostrava and Volejbal Brno in the Champions League. During that time, he has been on a team that earned silver in the Czech Cup as well as silver in the Champions League.
Castello is not new to the coaching world as he has returned to his hometown of Honolulu to coach the youth in the area. He has been a head coach and has put on coaching clinics for clubs like Hawaii Elite, Spike & Serve and Pinnacle Volleyball. Maryknoll High School has also benefited from his coaching as he served as an assistant at his alma mater on both the boys and girls side.