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by Kaylee Noborikawa, staff writer

 

Kapis, 35, said: “From a volleyball coaches perspective, Hawai‘i is one of the number one places to coach because of all the support volleyball gets from the community.”

Kapis was head coach at San Jose City College which he led to its first league championship and a 26-5 overall record in the 2005 season.

He has also worked at San Jose State University, UCLA, several high schools, and club teams in California, as well as the U.S. women’s national team. In fact, when he received HPU’s offer, he had just finished coaching his own club team at the Junior Olympics in Atlanta.

At Team USA Kapis worked with former Head Volleyball Coach Toshi Yoshida. “I learned so much from Coach Yoshida,” Kapis said. “I felt like I knew a lot about volleyball before he came in, and in three summers I felt like I had gone to graduate school again, but just for volleyball coaches.”

Kapis had a week to move from San Jose to Hawai‘i, and only one month to prepare for the upcoming season. “The transition wasn’t hard, but the time it took to recruit players for this season and to find an excellent staff was a challenge,” Kapis said. “But everyone has been so helpful here at HPU that they made my job here very easy.”

Besides winning, Kapis’ goal for the season is to see his athletes perform well in the classroom. He plans on reaching this goal by teaching the Lady Sea Warriors how to handle mistakes by being the best “Out of System” team in the division.

The Lady Sea Warriors ended last season as PacWest Conference champs and ranked eighth in the AVCA poll with a record of 24-3. They start their season on Aug. 24 in the Hawaiian Style Classic Tournament at University of Hawai‘i-Hilo on the Big Island.
 

 

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