By Cindy Luis
From the Statesman-Journal
Willamette University has hired Tom Shoji as its women’s volleyball coach.
Shoji, younger brother of Hawaii coach Dave Shoji, has a long career as a collegiate volleyball coach. His head coaching experience in women’s volleyball totals 24 seasons, including six years each at New Mexico State and Indiana, plus 11 years at Colorado State-Pueblo and one year at Westmar (Iowa) University.
“Tom’s nationally respected teaching skills and his proven track record of success will provide our program with a boost almost immediately,” Willamette athletic director Mark Majeski said.
“I’m kind of excited about it,” said Shoji, currently the associate athletic director-compliance and student services at UC San Diego. “I’m coming into a conference with a lot of experienced coaches. It’s going to be a challenge getting Willamette competing for that conference title in the future. That’s our ultimate goal for now.”
Willamette has been 4-22 each of the past two seasons and has lost 43 Northwest Conference matches in a row.