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
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.