Dave Shoji

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Dave Shoji
Biographical details
Born (1946-12-04) December 4, 1946 (age 74)
Playing career
1967 UC Santa Barbara
Men's volleyball
1968–1969 UC Santa Barbara
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Women's volleyball
1975–2016 Hawaii
Men's volleyball
1979–1985 Hawaii
Head coaching record
Overall1107–185–1 (.857) (Women's)
81–48 (.628) (Men's)
Accomplishments and honors
  • 4 National (1979, 1982, 1983, 1987)
  • 16 WAC regular season (1996–2011)
  • 11 WAC conference tournament (1998, 2001–2009, 2011)
  • 8 Big West regular season (1988–1990, 1995, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
  • PCAA regular season (1987)

Dave Shoji (born December 4, 1946) is an American sports coach who was the head coach of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Rainbow Wahine Volleyball team from 1975 to 2017. Under his leadership, the Rainbow Wahine won four national titles (1979, 1982, 1983, 1987).


As of September 6, 2013 his record was 1,1071851, which translates to a winning percentage of 85.7%. [1] On September 6, 2013 he became the winningest coach in Division I women's volleyball history with 1,107 wins, breaking the record formerly held by former UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski. Shoji earned the win in 4 games over Santa Clara University. His teams are known for having great ball control.[ citation needed ]

Shoji coached many standout players, including Deitre Collins, Teee Williams, Angelica Ljungqvist, Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, Kim Willoughby, Kanani Danielson and Nikki Taylor. Ah-Mow Santos succeeded Shoji as head coach of the Rainbow Wahine after his retirement on February 20, 2017.

Shoji played collegiate volleyball at the University of California, Santa Barbara, serving as the team's setter and earning All-American honors in 1968 and 1969. Shoji is also a graduate of the University of Hawaii ROTC program.

Shoji's elder son, Kawika Shoji, was a 3-year starting setter for the Stanford Cardinal men's volleyball team. During his senior year in 2010 Kawika led Stanford to the 2010 NCAA National Championship and was selected as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) player-of-the-year. Shoji's younger son, Erik Shoji, played as a libero for Stanford's volleyball team. Erik was the first player in AVCA history to earn first-team AVCA honors four years in a row.

Early life

Shoji was born on December 4, 1946. His father, Kobe Shoji, was a veteran of the 442nd Infantry Regiment who won two Purple Hearts. When he was four, his family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where his father became a well-known expert in sugar cane production. [2]

Head coaching record


Statistics overview
Hawaii Rainbow Wahine (1975–1984)
1975Hawaii16–2 AIAW Runner-Up
1976Hawaii14–5 AIAW 3rd Place
1977Hawaii22–5 AIAW Runner-Up
1978Hawaii28–10–1 AIAW 3rd Place
1979Hawaii36–5 AIAW Champion
1980Hawaii34–10AIAW 3rd Place
1981Hawaii37–2 NCAA Regional Final
1982Hawaii33–1 NCAA Champion
1983Hawaii34–2 NCAA Champion
1984Hawaii33–11 NCAA First Round
Hawaii Rainbow Wahine (Pacific Coast Athletic Association / Big West Conference)(1985–1995)
1985Hawaii28–1310–63rd NCAA Regional Semifinal
1986Hawaii31–715–32nd NCAA Regional Final
1987Hawaii37–217–11st NCAA Champion
1988Hawaii33–318–01st NCAA Runner-Up
1989Hawaii29–317–11st NCAA Regional Final
1990Hawaii28–616–21st NCAA Regional Semifinal
1991Hawaii26–515–32nd NCAA Regional Final
1993Hawaii19–1113–53rd NCAA Regional Final
1994Hawaii25–515–32nd NCAA Regional Semifinal
1995Hawaii31–118–01st NCAA Regional Final
Hawaii Rainbow Wahine (Western Athletic Conference)(1996–2011)
1996Hawaii35–316–01st NCAA Runner-Up
1997Hawaii25–814–01st NCAA First Round
1998Hawaii32–313–11st NCAA Regional Final
1999Hawaii29–214–01st NCAA Regional Semifinal
2000Hawaii31–216–01st NCAA Final Four
2001Hawaii29–613–01st NCAA Regional Semifinal
2002Hawaii34–213–01st NCAA Final Four
2003Hawaii36–213–01st NCAA Final Four
2004Hawaii30–113–01st NCAA Regional Semifinal
2005Hawaii27–716–01st NCAA Regional Semifinal
2006Hawaii29–615–11st NCAA Regional Final
2007Hawaii27–615–11st NCAA Second Round
2008Hawaii31–415–11st NCAA Regional Final
2009Hawaii32–316–01st NCAA Final Four
2010Hawaii29–316–01st NCAA Second Round
2011Hawaii31–216–01st NCAA Regional Semifinal
Hawaii Rainbow Wahine (Big West Conference)(2012–2016)
2012Hawaii27–318–01st NCAA Second Round
2013Hawaii25–513–31st NCAA Second Round
2014Hawaii22–713–32nd NCAA Second Round
2015Hawaii29–216–01st NCAA Regional Final
2016Hawaii23–615–11st NCAA Second Round
Hawaii:1107–185–1 (.857)474–42 (.919)
Total:1107–185–1 (.857)

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Statistics overview
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (1979–1980)
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (California Intercollegiate Volleyball Association)(1981–1985)
1985Hawaii14–11 [n 1] 9–96th
Hawaii:81–48 (.628)55–39 (.585)
Total:81–48 (.628)

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. Shoji and Jim Smoot served as co-coaches during the 1985 season

See also

In film

Dave Shoji's role in the first few years of women's athletics at the University of Hawaii is chronicled in the documentary film Rise of the Wahine, directed by Dean Kaneshiro. [3] Dave was hired by UH's first female Athletic Director Dr. Donnis Thompson shortly after the passing of Title IX.

NCAA representation

On November 1, 2005, NCAA named an NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball 25th Anniversary Team. [4] The team featured Middle Blocker Deitre Collins and Coach Dave Shoji as head coach, of seven total honorees. Tonya "Teee" Williams had also been further named to the 1980s NCAA all-Decade team for accolades.

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  1. "NCAA Women's Volleyball Coaching Records through 2012" (PDF). NCAA . Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  2. Miller, Ann (November 15, 2004). "Kobe Shoji, father of Dave Shoji". The Honolulu Advertiser . pp. 19, 26 . Retrieved November 4, 2021 via Newspapers.com.
  3. "Rise of the Wahine Documentary Film". Archived from the original on March 31, 2018. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  4. "NCAA Names Division I Women's Volleyball 25th Anniversary Team".