Nagamine selected as new UH women's soccer coach

Michele Nagamine
Michele Nagamine

HONOLULU - Michele Nagamine has been selected as the head women's soccer coach at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Athletics Director Jim Donovan announced at a press conference Wednesday at the Ed Wong Hospitality Room. Nagamine is just the second coach in the 17-year history of the soccer program.

"Michele is someone who is driven, passionate and a proven winner on every level she has competed" Donovan said. "She's been integral in the development of soccer in the state of Hawai'i and understands its importance to the community. I believe she's a perfect fit for the University of Hawai'i and someone who will bring much success to our soccer program."

"The University of Hawai'i is the pinnacle of women's soccer in Hawai'i," Nagamine said. "I am beyond excited in starting the next chapter in this program. I'm very honored that Jim has placed so much trust in me and the vision I have for the team. I hope to make a positive impact not only in the Hawai'i soccer community, but also nationally and regionally as well."

Nagamine, 42, has made her mark on the club, high school and collegiate levels with a reputation as a program builder. She has been named a conference coach of the year, won numerous state titles in high school and has guided the one of the elite club programs in the West region.

Nagamine spent the last three years as the head women's soccer coach at Hawai'i Pacific University where she turned a losing program into a conference contender. She inherited a team that won just three games in 2007 and by her second year lifted the team to a 10-8-1 record and a third-place finsh in the PacWest Conference. For her efforts she was named the 2009 PacWest Coach of the Year. This past season, the Division II Lady Sea Warriors finished with their second straight winning record and were the only team in the nation during the regular-season to defeat BYU-Hawai'i, ranked No. 1 in the West region.

While at the helm of the Lady Sea Warrior soccer program she recruited a conference goalkeeper of the year, a conference newcomer of the year and six all-conference players. She also oversaw academic improvement as the team increased its GPA to above a 3.0.

Prior to joining HPU, Nagamine established herself as one of the most successful coaches in all of Hawai'i high school athletics. As the head coach of the Kamehameha School girls soccer team since 1991, she won five Hawai'i state championships and six Interscholastic League of Honolulu titles. Nagamine was named ILH Coach of the Year a league-record seven times and was a five-time selection as state coach of the year.

Nagamine also received national recognition for her work at Kamehameha. She has been named state coach of the year five times and Far West Region coach of the year two times by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the governing body of United States soccer coaches. In 2007 she was named the NSCAA National High School Coach of the Year after guiding the Warriors to an undefeated (11-0-2) season and a second consecutive Hawai'i state championship.

Nagamine has also displayed a golden touch on the club level. As the Technical Director for Le'ahi Soccer Club since 2002, she has overseen the direction and operation of Hawai'i largest and most competitive girls' soccer club. During that span she helped grow the club from four teams to 26 teams. By creating a competitive travel schedule for premier teams, she helped more than 100 players obtain athletic or academic scholarships in numerous college programs.

Nagamine also boast extensive business experience. She was the owner of her own marketing group as well a soccer retail store. Since 2001, she has been the Director of Sports Marketing & Sales for Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, where she oversees the operations of all sports bookings within all Outrigger properties.

The Honolulu native is a 1990 graduate of Santa Clara University in California where she was the captain of the 1990 Bronco women's soccer team that reached the NCAA semifinals. Nagamine replace Pinsoom Tenzing, who retired in November after heading the UH women's soccer program during its first 17 years of existence.