Volleyball Training

All workouts is limited to just 5 people (1 coach and 4 players) under current City Rules.

1.  All-Skills Training with former with former Division I Head Coach Dave Shoji

Coach Shoji was the Head Coach for the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine for 42 straight seasons. He is just the second women's volleyball coach to win 1,200 NCAA Division I games.  He finished his stellar career with a record of 1,202-204-1 record. In 2016, he led the Rainbow Wahine to a 15-1 Big West record to capture the program's fourth BWC title in five years (since returning to the league). It marked their ninth total Big West crown and 25th overall conference title (16-Western Athletic Conference). He guided UH to their 24th-straight and 35th overall NCAA Tournament appearance this season, falling in the second round to No. 1 Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Coach Shoji never had a losing season in his 42 year-stint at Hawai'i. He led the Rainbow Wahine to four national championships (1-AIAW, 3-NCAA) and nine NCAA Final Four appearances. His teams amassed 20-plus win seasons 38 times and 30-plus win seasons 19 times. He coached 86 All-American selections (14 AIAW, 15 USVBA, 57 AVCA); 25 conference Players of the Year; and 175 all-conference selections. Academically, he has also coached 107 conference all-academic players.
The honors have piled up for Coach Shoji over the years. In addition to being a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame, he is a 14-time conference and 11-time all-region Coach of the Year. He is a five time AVCA National Coach of the Year (1982, '87, '88, '95, '09). Shoji was named one of the all-time great coaches by USA Volleyball in 2002. He was inducted into the Hawai'i Sports Hall of Fame and was named coach of the NCAA 25th Anniversary team. Since the AVCA started their national poll, Hawai'i has been ranked 499 total weeks which ranks them at No. 3 in the poll's history. Only Nebraska and Stanford are ranked higher tied at No. 1 with 510 times ranked.

​Coach Shoji's elder son, Kawika Shoji, was a 3-year starting setter for the Stanford Cardinal men's volleyball team. During his senior year in 2010 Kawika led Stanford to the 2010 NCAA National Championship and was selected as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) player-of-the-year.  His younger son, Erik Shoji, played as a libero for Stanford's volleyball team. Erik was the first player in AVCA history to earn first-team AVCA honors four years in a row. Both Kawika and Erik are US Olympians having won the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.  Kawika plays professionally in Italy and Erik plays professionally in Russia.  Both are on Team USA to represent the United States in the 2020 Olympics.

​During his long tenure at the University of Hawaiʻi, Coach Shoji received many coaching honors, including but not limited to:


·         ​Most wins in division I women's volleyball (1,107) as of 9/6/2013

·         Named as coach of the NCAA Division I 25th Anniversary Women's Volleyball Team in 2005 [1]

·         AVCA National Coach of the Year (2 times)

·         AVCA West Region Coach Year (10 times)

·         WAC Coach of the Year (10 times)

·         USA Volleyball All-Time Great Volleyball Coach


2.  Hitters Training with former Division I Head Coach and NCAA MVP Matt Sonnichsen.

Coach Matt is the county’s leading volleyball recruiting authority, a former Division I Volleyball Coach for 15 years, and former Women’s Professional Volleyball Coach.  Coach Matt was the Head Coach at Iowa, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, and Newberry College.  He also served as an assistant coach at Clemson, Iowa and UC Santa Barbara and was also the Head Volleyball Coach of the Guaynabo Mets of the Puerto Rican Women's Professional League.

Coach Matt can also “walk the talk” as the Texas native was a four-year letter winning setter for UCLA where he earned three All-America honors and helped lead the Bruins to NCAA championships in 1987 and 1989. He was also named the MVP of the 1989 National Championship.  Coach Matt also competed professionally before beginning his coaching career.  Some of his accolades:


2 time NCAA Champion at UCLA.
MVP of the National Championship, 1989.
3 time All American Setter.
USA National Team Setter.
2 years playing Professional Volleyball in Europe.
5 year touring member of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.


Coach Matt also created the collegevolleyballcoach.com site a number of years ago for two reasons; 1) To provide information and to answer questions about the often confusing world of college volleyball and recruiting, 2) To have a venue to express my opinions about the sport of volleyball and collegiate athletics.

In addition, each summer, he does a large number of volleyball camps at high schools across the USA which he calls his Volleyball Road Camps. 

Most recently, Coach Matt was Director of Volleyball Relations and an Educational Speaker for NCSA Athletic Recruiting.  Coach Matt now resides here in Honolulu.

3.  Hitters Training with Professional Volleyball Player Kupono Fey.  Every Tuesday from 10-1130 am.  Sign up by calling 377-4085.

Coach Kupono is a professional volleyball player.  He was a member of Team USA and was a standout outside hitter at the University of Hawaii. 

4.   Setters Training by Coach Alan Lau.  Saturdays at 3 pm & 4 pm.  Text Coach Alan at 779-4885 to reserve a spot.

Coach Alan coached at Kuikahi Volleyball Club from 2010 to 2017 and currently coaches the Outrigger Boys 18s and coached his team to winning the National Championship in 2017.  He played volleyball at Punahou School, UC Santa Barbara and on the Outrigger Canoe Club Juniors, Open and Masters teams. He was also a 1995 USA Volleyball All-American.  He has been involved with the Hawaii Volleyball Combine since 2010. His daughter Julia played volleyball for Kuikahi Volleyball Club, Punahou School, and also for Dartmouth College.  His son Davis currently played volleyball for Outrigger Canoe Club, Punahou School and now plays Libero for the University of California at Irvine. 

5.  All-Around Training by Coach Luis Ramirez.  Saturdays 930 -1100 am.  Call or Text 225-4200 to sign up.  

Coach Luis is and was the Director and Head Coach for Rainbows Volleyball Club Hawaii for the past 17 years.  He is also the Head Volleyball Coach at Maryknoll High School. Some of his team's accomplishments are as follows:


  • 4X winner of USAV Junior Nationals.

  • 11X runner up of USAV Junior Nationals.

  • 8X bronze medal finisher of USAV Junior Nationals.

  • 3 Interscholastic of Honolulu Titles

  • 1 State of Hawaii Title

  • 4 State of Hawaii Runner up Titles

  • State of Hawaii Third Place

  • State Coach of the year for ’02, ’04, ’05, & ’07.

  • Coached 2 Gatorade Players of the Year.

  • Coached 9 AVCA All Americans.

  • Coached 2 AVCA players of the year.

  • Coached 3 Olympians.

  • FIVB Level III International Level Coach

  • Assistant for the Dominican Republic Youth and Junior National Team

  • USAV Pipeline Coach.

6.  Personal Training with Coach Nick Castello.  Call or Text Coach Nick at 398-2436.

Coach Nick is an Assistant Coach at Irvine Valley College where he was a star player.  Prior to this, he coached two seasons as a Volunteer Assistant at the University of Hawai’i under coach Robyn Ah-Mow.  During that span, the Rainbow Wahine program made back to back appearances (2017-18).

Castello, a Hawai‘i alum, was the starting libero for the Rainbow Warriors volleyball team from 2011-12. He finished his UH career with 404 total digs (1.99/set).  As a senior, he averaged 2.28 digs per set which ranked 14th nationally and fourth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. After graduating from Hawai‘i in 2012, Castello went on to play professionally for VK Ostrava (2013-14), which competed in the CEV Champions League and then for Voleibal Brno (2014-16), the latter of whom he helped win silver at the Czech Extraliga Cup and silver in the Czech Extraliga. Prior to playing at UH, Castello played two seasons at Irvine Valley and was a member of the 2010 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship squad. He was named the conference’s player of the year in 2010 after averaging 4.03 digs per set and was also selected first-team all-conference in 2009. The Honolulu native is a 2007 graduate from Assets High School. Castello starred at Maryknoll School because Assets did not field a volleyball program. He earned second-team all-state and first-team all-league honors as a senior. He also played basketball and baseball in high school.

7.  Libero Training with Coach Jordan Nakamura.  Sundays at 1:30 pm -6 pm in 1.5 hour sessions.  Call Coach Jordan Nakamura to reserve a spot at 382-4239.

Coach Jordan is a well known and popular libero coach who emphasizes proper technique and effort.

505 Kamani Street, Unit A,, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Tel:  (808) 377-4085

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