Where are they now? Sivan Leoni

Sivan Leoni
Sivan Leoni

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The University of Hawaii men's volleyball team is well into their season. The 13-ranked team has a number of good players. But there was a time, not too long ago, when a 6'5" middle blocker, really stood out.

In this edition of "where are they now," we catch up with a guy who came to Hawaii nearly 15 years ago and hasn't looked back.

Sivan Leoni was known for his ever-changing and unique appearance, as well as his skills on the court. He's among the career leaders in aces, total blocks and hitting percentage. After his time at UH, he spent six years coaching volleyball at Kalaheo High School. And now?

"I'm a web programmer," he said.

Sivan and his business partner recently started the company, "Active3 DataBase Solutions." They created a punchlist application for the construction industry.

"And if I find an issue, say in the tub, I just click on it and a form pops up and I can just select what the issue is," he explained.

He gained an interest in the web during his first job at an ad agency.

Today, he appears, more conservative, with his original, hair color. He's married to Paula, and has a daughter Teva, and stepson Kili.

So what happened to the "old" Sivan?

"It is a show, there's no question about it, you play volleyball, it's entertainment and you come to entertain the crowd, and entertain yourself," he said.

And Sivan entertained a lot of fans. Some 10,000 people would watch the team, which included fellow Israelis, Yuval Katz and Naveh Milo.

"I think we had a good mixture of personalities on the team and just by the dynamic of the whole team, was really working well," he said.

These days, you may find him helping his 6-year-old daughter, who's trying out the sport. So what is Daddy's advice?

"To crush it!" he said.

He may also tell her about the daily, grueling practices, which he says, he doesn't miss. But Sivan will tell her, to have fun and appreciate the fans.

"The people, the crowd. It's really I think what made this time so special," he said.