It’s been an eventful week in University of Hawaiʻi athletics news. The Rainbow Wahine volleyball team prepares to take on the top-ranked University of Southern California in their quest to reach the Final Four, while the retirement of Greg McMackin leads to a search for a new UH head football coach.

UH in the News for the week of 12/05/11

Dave Shoji headshot

Dave Shoji

Greg McMackin headshot

Greg McMackin

In Hawaiʻi, volleyball reigns supreme [, 12/08/11] As the Rainbow Wahine get ready to take on USC in the regional semifinals of the NCAA volleyball tournament, takes a look at Hawaiʻi’s legendary women’s volleyball program and iconic coach Dave Shoji.

UH search committee formed to find McMackin’s replacement [Hawaiʻi News Now, 12/07/11] With Greg McMackin announcing his retirement earlier this week, a six-member search advisory committee is formed to screen candidates and make recommendations for a new UH head football coach. [Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required) | Pacific Business News]

McMackin remembered as a force for student athletes [KHON 2, 12/05/11] Despite his shortcomings on the gridiron, which included a 29-25 overall record and only one winning season in four years, University of Hawaiʻi head football coach Greg McMackin is being hailed as a game changer when it comes to academic success. [More on McMackin’s retirement in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required) | KITV 4 | ESPN | USA Today]

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