Dave Shoji

University of Hawaiʻi head women’s volleyball coach Dave Shoji will take leave from the team due to prostate cancer. Associate head coach Jeff Hall will oversee the program in Shoji’s absence as he undergoes treatment.

“I was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few weeks ago but I did not want to announce it and become a distraction to the team.” Shoji said. “I will be undergoing treatment that will take me away from my everyday coaching duties for the next several weeks. With the help of my team of doctors, my wife Mary and the support of our family, I am trusting in God to get through this and see what my future holds.”

“First and foremost, Dave and his family are in our prayers,” said UH Athletics Director David Matlin. “When Dave and I met last week, I understood the depth of how much he cares for the program and his student-athletes. He is an amazing coach and ambassador for the state of Hawaiʻi, the University of Hawaiʻi, and the sport of volleyball. We will continue to support him each and every step of the way.”

“Coach Shoji is a true treasure for UH and for Hawaiʻi,” said UH President David Lassner. “We are saddened at the news of this challenge to his health, and our immediate priority is to support Dave and his family as they identify the best path forward.”

Shoji recently completed his 42nd season at the helm of the Rainbow Wahine volleyball program. He guided the ’Bows to their fourth Big West Conference title in five years and their 24th-straight and 35th overall NCAA Tournament appearance. In the final week of the regular season, Shoji became just the second NCAA Division I head volleyball coach to reach the 1,200-victory milestone, joining Penn State’s Russ Rose. Currently, Shoji has a career record of 1,202-204-1.

Hawaiʻi Athletics news release

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  1. Hi Dave,
    I’m so sorry to learn of your diagnosis and upcoming treatment for prostate cancer. I recently underwent treatment for prostate cancer myself (2015) and would like to share my experience with you if I might.

    When I was diagnosed, my doctors presented me with several options for treatment: robotic surgery, brachytherapy (radioactive seeds), radiation therapy. Having worked as an x-ray scientist in my profession, I was very concerned of the permanent side effects of radiation treatments. I was also aware of the permanent side effects of surgery from my brother who had undergone a radical prostatectomy. I decided to research the proposed treatments in detail to assess the chances of success, risks and long term side effects of each treatment. Shortly into my research I learned of an alternative treatment which is often overlooked by doctors prescribing treatments for prostate cancer. The treatment is called “proton treatment” and has been performed at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) since 1990 with a very high rate of success and none of the side effects of other treatments.

    There is a wonderful book called “You Can Beat Prostate Cancer and You Don’t Need Surgery to Do It” by a former patient, Robert Marckini (available on Amazon). It’s an easy read and explains in simple terms everything you need to know about undergoing treatment. Things the doctors don’t tell you! After reading it (in 2 days!)I made my decision! I contacted LLUMC, was admitted to their treatment program and within one month started my treatment. It was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life, leaving me with many great memories and friends.

    I hope this information is useful I and encourage you to check out proton treatment and just don’t listen to doctors before doing your own research. Whatever treatment you choose, I hope it goes well, you are cancer free and able to continue the tremendous job of coaching you have done so well at UH.

    Blessings and Christmas Wishes to you and your family!

    Richard Wolf

    P.S. If you wish to discuss any of the above with me, feel free to call, I live on Hawaii Island, Kailua-Kona.

    After treatment (15 months ago), I am pleased to report I am cancer free, my PSA (1 year since completing treatment) is 0.3 and I have experienced no side effects.

  2. Best wishes Coach, our thoughts are with you and your family. You are a competitor of iconic stature who we know will win this current fight with a superior game plan and your indomitable spirit.

    Henry and Sally Viets
    Surfside, California

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