Dana Takahara-Dias was announced today as head coach of the University of Hawaii women’s basketball team.
Takahara-Dias was among eight finalists who had in-person interviews.
Two former assistants, Da Houl and Serenda Valdez, are expected to join her staff. The third spot remains open.
The other head coach finalists were Gavin Petersen, Joan Bonvicini, Mark Trakh, Patrick Harrington, Jennifer Gross, Jennifer Young and George Wolfe.
General speculation last night and today has run toward Takahara-Dias, although another source indicated otherwise (but citing third-hand information). Last week I was told Takahara-Dias was a shoo-in for the job, then she said she was no longer a candidate, and then she interviewed yesterday. At 2 p.m. today, two very good sources told me it’s Takahara-Dias.
I should have mentioned diver Emma Friesen in today’s column about Annett Wichmann, in which I called Wichmann UH’s most successful athlete. Friesen, like Wichmann, has numerous WAC championships to her credit. She also has an NCAA championship. That deserves mention at any opportunity. Friesen was also honored as the WAC’s top athlete last year.
Friesen is clearly an under-appreciated athlete.
– By Dave Reardon