Aloha ball for coach Shoji? Players say this may be his last year
Shoji enters his 40th season with the Rainbow Wahine
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
In just five days, the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team welcomes year 40 of the Dave Shoji Era.
As the season begins, supporters and team members alike can't help but wonder if this is his last hurrah.
It's a question the coach himself will gloss over, but it's one the team has no problem discussing.
Of course, he already has more than enough on his resume to call it a full career.
Shoji is the winningest coach in the sport and has four national titles to his name.
When the Rainbow Wahine opened fall camp a few weeks ago, coach said that he feels good and the job keeps him young.
Players say he hasn't said anything to them, but they have their own assumptions.
"This year is kind of going to be a little surreal because we all know that it's his last one, so it's kind of going to be cherishing every little moment and just remembering how blessed I am," said outside hitter Nikki Taylor.
When asked if Shoji said to the team this is his last season, Taylor said he hasn't made any outright decision.
"I mean, it's up to him essentially," the sophomore added. "We just all kind of think because he's getting a little old."
Outside hitter Tai Manu-Olevao says she was surprised to hear he was returning to Manoa for another season.
"I thought last year was going to be his last year honestly, but since he's coming back this year, I don't really know," Manu-Olevao said.
Shoji is 67-years-old.
Hawaii opens the season Friday night against Ohio.