HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Punahou School graduate and Olympic silver medal volleyball player Lindsey Berg has joined the University of Hawaii women's volleyball team as an assistant coach, the school said in a statement on Wednesday.
Berg, who was born and raised in Honolulu, played collegiate volleyball at the University of Minnesota after graduating from Punahou in 1998. She was the team captain of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic volleyball teams, and was named USA Volleyball Female Indoor Athlete of the Year in both 2008 and 2011.
Most recently, Berg served as a volunteer assistant at Dartmouth last season, where she trained the setters and helped structure the team's offense.
"Coaching at UH is a special and unique opportunity that I couldn't turn down," says Berg. "Growing up in Hawai'i and leaving for college in Minnesota, this is a chance for me to return home, give back to the state of Hawai'i and the volleyball program. After growing up with Dave, I look forward to working with him, and improving my coaching skills. I know I can make a difference and help players not only technically, but also with communication and leadership. I am really excited to return home."
Berg will take the place of another three-time U.S. Olympic team setter from Hawai'i, Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, who resigned after the 2015 season following her husband's military reassignment to Nevada.
"Lindsey will be a huge addition to the Rainbow Wahine coaching staff," Shoji said. "She has been a stellar player at all levels of volleyball and is now ready to take the next step as a coach of young women. She brings extensive knowledge from all her experiences from around the world and she has played for some of the best volleyball coaches in her career. I've known Lindsey since she was a small child and I know she will bring her competitiveness and toughness to our team. I look forward to working with her this year."
The university also says that Tom Pestolesi, the head women's volleyball coach at Irvine Valley College, has taken a five-month sabbatical from the program to serve as a volunteer coach under Shoji, a mentor of his.
"I am extremely excited and honored to come back to Hawai'i to work with Coach Shoji and his staff and the players. It is great to be back at UH." said Pestolesi.