Wahine banquet recap 1-31

January 31st, 2010

A fun event today, with the Gov. showing up. Shoji was his humble self as always. He was at the capitol for Lingle’s state of the state address and she acknowledged him and how the Wahine lifted the state. Today, she promised to be at the 2011 regional since she would have some free time then.

The seniors gave their speeches, Cubi-Otineru’s through a taped phone call from Puerto Rico and Kaufman from Albuquerque through SKYPE. Cubi-Otineru’s mom said that Aneli had been asked to come to the national team but decided to go play pro for a few months then go to the training center.

Athletic Director Jim Donovan said the Shoji’s three-year contract has been extended another two years so he’s under contract through the 2014 season.

And no, no Amanda Gil sighting. Pretty much a done deal that she’s at UW.

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  • jeff February 1, 2010 at 12:27 am

    i believe in lex forsyte or who ever wins that job time to move on

  • wen February 1, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Any talk during banquet about Raeceen’s high finish on Miss America?

  • rayson February 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Just a couple comments/questions:

    Having Gill would’ve been great but the Wahine will still be very, very good next season. For me this whole Gill drama has overshadowed the more worrying possibility that we might loose Sealy. Any word on when UCLA is going to choose a new coach? I think I read somewhere that Banachowski will officially leave sometime in June but I’m sure they’ll want to have a new coach in there sooner.

    Glad to hear that Aneli got an invite to try out for the national time. Good luck to her, Kanani and Tama. It would be great to an all local girl defensive lineup in 2012.

    The Wahine’s pre-conference schedule next season is a bit disappointing. Then again, having one of the toughest, if not the toughest, pre-conference schedule didn’t stop the NCAA from screwing Hawaii in the tournament. Maybe Shoji is taking his cue from FSU who played a bunch of average teams (with the exception of Florida to whom they lost) and was still gifted with a top 4 seed.

    Someone posted on volleytalk that a potential recruit was coming for a visit sometime this month, any truth to that? And if so, any idea who it could be? Croson? Moenoa?

  • Cindy Luis February 1, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Sadly no talk about Raeceen … funny since she brought her crown to the banquet after she won last year. They did announce it at men’s volleyball Saturday, and mentioned on Friday how well she was doing

  • Cindy Luis February 1, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Sealy has applied. he told me last week he didn’t think he was the pick … but that was before Hugh McCutcheon turned down the job.
    Banachowski officially retires in June with the end of his contract. I would think they’d want someone in for spring ball.
    As for the preconference schedule, it’s not an exact science when bringing teams in. Shoji tries to schedule as tough as he can and the teams don’t always have the great season he thought they might. Nothing to do about FSU, most of the schedule was done before the NCAA tourney. Pepperdine last year was a prime example of a team that was supposed to be good and wasn’t.
    economics also playing into it. teams simply can’t afford the trip. some of the schools are invited several years in advance and they fundraise with that goal in mind.
    There were a few other teams who might have made it more attractive but they dropped out. Washington State comes to mind at the moment.
    Recruit … i know i had mentioned a few weeks ago that UH was trying to get Gil out for a visit late Jan. or early Feb. don’t know if that’s who VT is referring to. Could be Croson, could be Moenoa, could be a high school player from Texas that they’re interested in.

  • kazu February 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Does or can the UH try and assist the visiting teams during the preseason matches in getting them special rates at the hotels or car rentals? Just wondering.

  • shar February 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    We’ve had teams with a lot of talent and we’ve had teams with a lot of heart (this year). It seems that we can recruit talent but not heart. I think that we shouldn’t diminish the present team with talk about who we can recruit to make them better…that might create tension that would not normally be there…just my humble opinion and observations…

  • po'okela February 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    let’s move on from this whole GIL drama – it’s pretty clear she’s not considering hawaii anymore. all we can do is wish her the best of luck and hopes that she finds what she’s been looking for at whatever school she may attend.

    the recruit i had mentioned earlier about making a visit in february wasn’t gil but i just found out that this recruit is rescheduling their trip. hey cindy, which player out of texas are they highly interested in?

    hawaii needs to understand how vital sealy is to the current and future success of the wahine program – keep him in hawaii!

  • po'okela February 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    btw, how high did raceen place?

  • Cindy Luis February 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Raeceen finished in the top 7, the way they did it, she was one of three left who would be named Miss America. so I guess she tied for sixth? She also won Miss Congeniality.
    Player from Texas was recommended by Rita Crockett, former Olympian. have the name somewhere. will have to look.

    Yes, UH helps out the visiting teams through sponsorship deals. Hawaiian Air helps with airfare for their tournament, the OUtrigger Hotels is the corporate partner for hotesl.

    As for Sealy, they all know how valuable he is but Shoji totally supports him leaving for a head coach job. Mike loves it here but knows he has to apply for these high-profile positions, even if he doesn’t get them.

  • Fred February 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Shoji has always been supportive of his coaches in furthering their careers. And with Dave signing on with the extension it only makes sense for Mike get a first rate head coaching job. Hopefully, some time in the future he will be a top candidate to follow Dave when he eventually retires.

    Mike, reportedly, was named as one of the top 10 assistant coaches in the country by Volleyball Magazine recently. Another reason why he will be highly sought after in the future.

    Yes, Mike would be sorely missed when he eventually leaves. It is the nature of the business coaches are in. We can only hope that Dave will find the next Mike Sealy or Charlie Wade. Each of which have left an indelible mark on the program.

  • longboarder February 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    So what happens when Coach Shoji retires???

    Mike Sealy seems to be a valuable asset to the team now…

    But then again it seems Charlie Wade inched his way back in by taking the mens job and could easily slide right back in with the Wahine….

    Speaking of which, props to Coach Wade and what he has done during the season so far. The vibe in the arena is definitely more upbeat. I sit right behind the bench and the players seem to have great chemistry, get along, and it truly looks like they are having fun.

  • purpleisgold February 1, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Okay…the bit of news you scribed above is quite interesting to me. BTW, hi Cindy! I wasn’t aware of the fact that UCLA had in fact been looking at seriousely hiring McCutcheon as women’s head coach. This tells me two things (in inference, if you will)…one, UCLA is not going the scrimpig route to replace Banachowski. I mean hey, they probably paid Andy a good sum to have kept him in place all of those years, and why couldn’t they just continue (in fiscal continuum) aloting the ‘x’ sum of salary to the new guy/gal coming in???

    The second thought is that UCLA is fighting hard, as it were, to come back amongst vb elite. Sealy said–by your post–that he was inclined to think that he was not in the frontrunning; he perhaps knows that as this point in his career (although I’m sure that he is/could be worth all that LA would be willing to pay) he’s not just there YET.

    If LA is going ‘big’ then I see them knocking on JMac’s office door firmly. AND Wieshoff could presumably be coaxed to leave UCI after all…

  • wen February 2, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Raeceen continues the tradition of Hawai’i coming close but not winning Miss America. As well as the tradition of Hawai’i winning Miss Congeniality more often than any other state. The UH athletics site reports she finished in 6th place. I’m a little surprised that there was no front page blurb about her winning in either newspaper.

    Now that he’s won coach of the year again, are they finally going to put Shoji in the hall of fame this year?

  • Cindy Luis February 2, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Was told a few weeks ago about McCutcheon, and that it would be a situation such as that at USC where Elliott stepped in for a few years while Mick was with the national team. Was told last week that Hugh had turned it down.
    Don’t know if JMac is interested in leaving UW. He’s got it pretty nice up there, sort of the only game in town, doesn’t have to deal with the financial problems of the UC system, doesn’t have to compete for attention in the LA Times, which blows off women’s volleyball anyway. Plus, if he just landed Gil … of course that would solve the whole problem of Gil losing a year if she came with JMac to UCLA.

    Too early to speculate about Shoji. In 5 years, who knows where the current ‘candidates’ would be in their lives. Sealy turned down the LMU job and I think UCLA would be enticing if the money was right. Mike has said he doesn’t want to be living in “The Valley’ and have to commute. but the commute to UCLA from the valley isn’t as bad as the one to LMU.
    But he loves it here, loves to surf, considers Kailua ‘God’s Country.’ (but those of us who live on this side do as well). and the Wahine are going to be very good for the next few years.
    You’d hate to lose a coach like Sealy. he’s so smart when it comes to breaking down the game and seeing things that Shoji doesn’t. And he’s a pretty funny guy. A droll sense of humor that really came out at the banquet Sunday.

  • Cindy Luis February 2, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Well I’m guessing that both papers used the AP story which may not have mentioned Miss Congeniality. something I believe was announced Friday. I didn’t see it announced during the Saturday telecast, which I had DVRd.

    I would assume Shoji gets into the Hall of Fame this year. He wasn’t nominated until 2009 and I believe the nomination is good for 5 years. Some of the people who nominated him said they would add to the recommendation.
    Think I mentioned this before for at the AVCA coach of the year banquet, Dave’s name was missing from the list of coaches who had milestone wins … 1,000. Banachowski was in there for 1100 and they did it by 100s … but no Shoji.

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