The University of Hawaii has announced that they have begun a national search for a new head women’s volleyball coach, but stopped short of saying that head coach Dave Shoji has retired.
“The selection is contingent upon the anticipated retirement of current head coach Dave Shoji, who coached the Rainbow Wahine for 42 years and 1,202 career wins,” the school said in a release. Shoji at one point had the most wins in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball history, and currently ranks 2nd all-time behind Penn State’s Russ Rose. Shoji has a career record of 1,202-204-1.
Shoji has coached all but one season in the history of Hawaii women’s volleyball, the 1974 season where the program was inaugurated. He has two sons, Erik and Kawika, who both played on the 2016 U.S. Men’s Olympic Team.
“Coach Shoji means so much to the University of Hawai’i,” Matlin said. “We’ve been meeting regularly and determined that this was the best step as we move forward with the future of the Rainbow Wahine program.”
While Shoji has not announced his retirement, he did take a leave of absence after leading the team to its 24th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance to battle prostate cancer.
Shoji is 70 years old.