Dave Shoji

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Dave Shoji
Born (1946-12-04) December 4, 1946 (age 70)
Nationality American
Occupation Former head coach of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Rainbow Wahine volleyball team (1975–2017)
Spouse(s) Mary
Children 3

Dave Shoji (born December 4, 1946) 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 Ljundquist, 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 20 February 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 from 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.


During his long tenure at the University of Hawaiʻi, Shoji received many coaching honors, including (as of 2010):

  • Most wins in division I women's volleyball (1,107) as of 9/6/2013
  • Named as coach of the NCAA Division I 25th Anniversary Women's Volleyball Team in 2005 [1]
  • AVCA National Coach of the Year (2 times)
  • AVCA West Region Coach of the Year (10 times)
  • WAC Coach of the Year (10 times)
  • USA Volleyball All-Time Great Volleyball Coach

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In Film[edit]

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. [2] Dave was hired by UH's first female Athletic Director Dr. Donnis Thompson shortly after the passing of Title IX.

NCAA representation[edit]

On November 1, 2005 for immediate release, the NCAA Press issued for the public and media relations a NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball 25th Anniversary Team.[3] 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.


  1. ^ "NCAA Women's Volleyball Coaching Records through 2012" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rise of the Wahine Documentary Film". 
  3. ^ "NCAA Names Division I Women's Volleyball 25th Anniversary Team". 

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