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
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.