UH had been on the hunt for someone to replace Jim Bolla, who was terminated last month. Out of 85 applications received, the most UH athletics director Jim Donovan can remember, Takahara-Dias stood out the most.
Donovan called it the most complex search he's experienced, and while there were a number of candidates who could have performed the job, he says it came down to the intangibles.
"In my mind those intangibles were a knowledge of Hawaii, and Hawaii =Wahine high school basketball. Leadership skills, the ability to connect to the Wahine alumni and the fan base, and a record of success and a plan and the ability to communicate that plan and implement it," said Donovan.
The new coach says she herself was tutored by great coaches, and plans to do the same for her players.
"I will take with me the lessons I learned under Vince (Goo's) guidance to what we plan to bring back and revive the Wahine basketball program. We have a plan to bring the community back, we're going to have a grass roots effort. We're going to ask everyone to come and be a ownership of this program and build it back to where it used to be," said Takahara-Dias.
Her contract is for three years. Previously she was the City and County of Honolulu's director of the department of customer service.