After a historic weekend on the volleyball floor, University of Hawaii Head Coach Dave Shoji was back at practice Monday, striving for a better performance in the next match.
It was one of the more memorable celebrations Hawaii’s seen.
There had been so much hype headed into these matches. Coach Shoji even admitted to KHON2 that it affected him.
“I was thinking about it all week actually and was just trying to win the game. But all these thoughts kept creeping into my head and it wasn’t a great way to prepare for the match. And I was a little nervous about actually winning the game,” Shoji said.
Winning is what Shoji teams have done for nearly 40 years. But how much longer? Shoji would admit he is in the twilight of his career, but wouldn’t get specific.
“Well, I think I can do it for a few more years. Whether I want to do it, that’s the big question. You know, I am physically healthy and I feel good. I really enjoy what I am doing. I’ve been very blessed to have the job. I will continue as long as I feel I want to continue,” Shoji said.
KHON2 joked with coach that he doesn’t seem like the golfing type.
“Well, I can golf, but I don’t think I can golf seven days a week, that’s for sure,” Shoji said.
“Maybe four?” KHON2 asked.
“Not even four. Maybe two to three days and the other three or four days we go out on the water and enjoy stand up surfing,” Shoji said.
But if you wanted to know just how much longer Coach Shoji may patrol the sidelines in Manoa, you may not have to look further than his family. His two boys are professional volleyball players with 2016 Olympic aspirations.
“And a lot of traveling in the future because the boys are still playing and they’ve been in Europe now. So, that’s attractive to me too,” Shoji said.
It’s a short work week for Shoji and the Wahine. They’ll be back in action on Thursday night.
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