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by John Barry, HPU sports information

Hawai‘i Pacific University holds a proud and storied athletic tradition, and no achievement has exemplified this more than the crowning of the 1993 men’s basketball team as NAIA National Champions. This season marks the 15th anniversary of this historic event, and on Jan. 11, during halftime of the HPU men’s basketball game, players and coaches from this championship team were honored for their accomplishment.

In attendance were teammates Casey Hines, James Williams, Mike McDaniel, and Michael Johnson; as well as assistant coach Francis Fletcher, and legendary Head Coach Tony Sellitto. Sellitto led HPU for 14 seasons, collecting 295 wins and posting 12 winning seasons. Other members of the championship team were: David Smith, Lemar Young, Andy Gardiner, Roger Huggins, Misho Ognjanovic, Tim Reynolds, Miko Ajanovic, Shane Takeshita, and Brendan Murphy.

The victory over Oklahoma Baptist in the 1993 NAIA title game was the first national championship in school history, and remains as the only collegiate basketball title in the state of Hawai‘i.

“ We were the first national championship basketball team in Hawai’i, which makes our accomplishment all the more special,” said Sellitto of the program’s crowning achievement.
“ We knew from the beginning that we would be successful based on the talent of our athletes. It is nice to get recognition for that incredible season, especially for the players.”

“ We are fortunate and proud to be part of such a strong tradition,” added HPU Athletics Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Darren Vorderbruegge.

“ It is an honor to be recognizing such a fine group of individuals.”

The Sea Warriors finished the 1993 campaign with a 30-4 record, culminating their magical season in the 88-83 victory over the Bison in the title game of the NAIA tournament.
 

 

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