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10.28.2009

hawaii volleyball coach dave shoji celebrates 1,000th win

Last week, Dave Shoji celebrated his 1,000th victory as coach of the women's volleyball coach at the University of Hawaii, becoming just the second coach in the history of Division I women's volleyball to reach that milestone: Shoji cements success with 1,000th win

With four national championships, eight trips to the Final Four and 13 consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles, the University of Hawaii is one of the most celebrated teams in college women's vollyeball -- largely thanks to Shoji's 35-year tenure as coach.

The Rainbow Wahine defeated New Mexico State in four sets last last Saturday, earning Shoji career win number 1,000 in front of a crowd of 9,293 fans at Hawaii's Stan Sheriff Center. More here: UH coach Dave Shoji wins 1,000th volleyball match.

The historic victory was supposed to have happen a week before, but poor weather kept Louisiana Tech from traveling to the islands. So the milestone victory turned out to be even more significant because NMSU is the primary threat to Hawaii's dominance in the Western Athletic Conference.

Shoji has coached 24 AVCA All-Americans who have a total of 46 awards. Ten of those players have earned first-team honors at least twice, including 2008 Olympian Robyn Ah Mow-Santos. Shoji joins UCLA's Andy Banachowski in the elite group of 1,000-win coaches.