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Legendary Coach Shoji Retires; Ah Mow-Santos Takes Over


Hawaii Rainbow Wahine coach Dave Shoji retired on Monday following a 42-year head coaching career, which included a record 1,202 wins and four national championships.

Robyn Ah-Mow Santos, an American volleyball legend who played under Shoji and then coached alongside him in the collegiate ranks, will take over in Manoa.

Shoji was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2016 and announced three weeks later that he would take a leave of absence to seek treatment. On Feb. 6, anticipating his retirement announcement, which came two weeks later, Hawaii announced that it had begun a nationwide search to find his replacement. Shoji’s retirement and the hiring of Ah Mow-Santos were announced concurrently.

You may read more about the great Shoji, who is 70 years old, at this link: Shoji retires. In May, 2013, we profiled Ah Mow-Santos, when she also was serving as club coach for Imi ‘Ike. Read that story here: The Greats Among Us.


  1. What a legend! He will always reign supreme.

  2. Coach Dave is a legend I remember as a little girl meeting the UH Wahines and I wanted to be on his team. There has been so many great women that played for him that have also made a positive impact on other girls lives, we will miss him.
    Imua Coach Robyn.

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