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Shoji set for hall of fame

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By Mike Cherry - bio | email 

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (HawaiiNewsNow) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced today its eighth annual AVCA Hall of Fame class, including University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine head volleyball coach Dave Shoji.

The 2010 AVCA Hall of Fame class will be inducted in ceremonies December 16 at the Coaches Honors Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2010 AVCA Annual Convention in Kansas City, Mo. The other three inductees are Irene Matlock, Carl McGown and Sports Imports, Inc.

In 2009, Shoji became just the second head coach in NCAA Division I women's volleyball history to reach the 1,000-win milestone, as he now has accumulated 1,016 career victories, ranking second all-time in Division I. The campaign was the ninth NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship to which Shoji has marched the Rainbow Wahine, and the program's 28th NCAA Tournament appearance overall.

Hawai'i, under Shoji's guidance, has also made 25 NCAA Regional Appearances and have totaled 18, 30-plus win seasons. During his time at the helm, Shoji and the Rainbow Wahine have captured four national championships: an AIAW title in 1979 and three NCAA Division I crowns (1982, '83 and ‘87).

The accolades for Shoji have poured in over the years. He is a 10-time conference coach of the year and has twice been selected the AVCA National Coach of the Year (1982 and 2009). Shoji was honored with an All-Time Great Coach Award in the Donald S. Shondell Contemporary Division by USA Volleyball in 2002.

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