UH sailing coach earns prestigious honor

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – University of Hawai'i sailing head coach Andy Johnson was presented the 2012 Richard H. Lough Memorial Service Award by the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference Board of Directors following their annual general meeting this past weekend. 
The award is given for extraordinary service to collegiate sailing within the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference.  Richard Lough, while a graduate student at Cal Berekley in the 1940s, helped to start the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association (now PCCSC).
Johnson is in his 23rd year as head coach of the University of Hawai'i coed and women's sailing teams after replacing the legendary Charlie Dole in 1989. Only women's volleyball coach Dave Shoji has a longer current tenure than Johnson, a former UH sailor who has elevated the Rainbow sailing program to elite status.
In the last two decades Johnson has led UH to more than 40 national championship appearances in the coed, team and women's events, while coaching 15 All-American skippers, nine All-American crews and two Olympians.
He is a leader in the Hawai'i sailing community running clinics for the area yacht clubs, junior sailing programs and high school teams in addition to coaching the UH sailing team and managing the UH Campus Recreation programs.
Johnson has held many positions in the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference leadership including Executive Vice President, Intersectional Coordinator, Eligibility Committee Member, All-American Committee Member and Championships Committee Member.
When hosting regattas for the conference Johnson have often gone above and beyond his role as host to organize event dinners, housing, social activities and awards to make the events memorable.  Meanwhile, the UH tradition of presenting leis to all visiting seniors has been one of the most endearing memories for the many who have competed on the Hawai'i waters.

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