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
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.