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by Kalamalama staff

Michele Nagamine was officially announced on Feb. 4th as the new Women’s Soccer Coach at Hawai‘i Pacific University. The press conference was held at the HPU downtown campus, at the International Conference Room with PacWest Conference Commissioner Bob Hogue, and HPU Athletics Director and Men’s Basketball Coach Darren Vorderbruegge.

Nagamine was enthusiastic about her new position. “I’ve spoken to all the players, and they were very welcoming,” said Nagamine. “I can’t wait to get started on the field this spring.”

HPU’s announcement comes just two days after Nagamine and her Kamehameha girl’s soccer team won the Division HHSAA State Championship for the third consecutive year.

Nagamine has been the Head Coach for the Girl’s Varsity at Kamehameha Schools. During her time at KSBE, her Warrior teams have won five Interscholastic League of Honolulu championships (1995, 1996, 1999, 2006, 2007), and four Hawai‘i State Titles (1995, 1996, 2006, 2007).

Nagamine is a six-time ILH Coach of the Year and four-time Hawai‘i State Coach of the Year. Recently, she was named the 2007 National High School Coach of the Year awarded by the NSCAA, the National Soccer Coaches Association.

Also a technical director at the Leahi Soccer Club, Nagamine has a wide reach in the youth soccer community. Her unquestionable reputation and reach in the community will afford her a great opportunity to land local talent. Having had first-hand experience with Hawai‘i’s local soccer talent, Nagamine feels she can recruit and win with homegrown products. “If I just recruited local talent,” said Nagamine, “I believe we would still have an opportunity to not only win in the PacWest, but nationally as well.”

Indeed, Nagamine will face challenges, inheriting a team that won just three games in 2007. But with a champion at the helm, the future of the Lady Sea Warriors looks bright.




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