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Vulcan Athletic Club Luncheon featured men’s and women’s basketball

Zach Wilde with Coach Law

Natalie Mata with Coach Kaneshiro


The Vulcan Athletic Club luncheon, held on Tuesday Nov 8, featured speakers from their basketball program.

First up was Men’s Coach Jeff Law along with senior forward Zach Wilde. Law in his 14th season with UHH has 194 wins and 150 losses as the Vulcan head coach.  Law noted that last year’s Pac West Conference winner, BYUH, is again the team to beat. “We bring 9 new players and 6 returnees,” Law said.  “We have lots of holes to fill, but we have a more athletic team with better shooters.”

  Wilde, a senior from Washington State, is a double major and is currently interning with the County Prosecutor’s Office.”I’m excited about this year’s team,” Wilde said.  “My personal goal is to have double-doubles in every game this year and to become an All American.”  After graduation Wilde is hoping to land a graduate coaching position. 

Women’s Coach Kaneshiro is optimistic about this years squad, stating that they are an improvement over last year. 

“We are headed in the right direction,” second year coach Kaneshiro said.  “We open at UH Manoa on Friday, 11-11.

Kaneshiro said the polls picked Grand Canyon to win the conference and Dixie State to finish second, with the Vulcans picked to finish 7th.

“Our overall team speed is better than last year,” Kaneshiro said.  Kaneshiro team has 8 new players with 7 returnees.

“We’re better than last year,” Coach Kaneshiro said.

Both the men and women basketball programs open their season this Friday and are hopeful that the public will come out and watch them play.

Mata is a junior and is a graduate of Farrington High School.  “Our team is a work in progress,” she said.  “We have more talent this year and our team chemistry is good.”

Mata is determined to prove that the Vulcans are much better than their seventh place preseason pick.

November 8, 2011 Posted by | Basketball | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vulcan Athletic Club luncheon at the Naniloa on November 8

The Vulcan Athletic Club will hold its monthly luncheon on Tuesday, November 8 at  12:00 noon in the Palm Lounge room at the Naniloa Volcanoes Resort.  

The guest speakers will be head men’s basketball coach Jeff Law and women’s head basketball David Kaneshiro.

Coach Law enters his 14th season as the Vulcan’s head coach and sports a record of 194 wins against 150 losses.  Prior to his current position with UH-Hilo, Law held coaching positions at SUNY-Plattsburgh, Hobart College, UH-Manoa, Santa Monica College and Los Angeles City College.  Law was named the NABC/NCAA Div-II west region coach of the year as well as the Pac West coach of the year after the Vulcans 2004-2005 season.

Coach Kaneshiro enters his second season as the women’s head coach.  Kaneshiro was a standout guard at Hilo H.S. from 1987-1989 then went on to play for Beloit College (Wisc.) where he was a team captain and earned all conference honors is 1994.  Prior to UH Hilo Kaneshiro served as the head coach of the Webster University men’s team that won the SLIAC conference title in 2002.  Kaneshiro was also the head coach at Blackburn college where his teams claimed two conference titles during his 3 year tenure there. 

The Vulcan Athletic Club is organized under the University of Hawai’i Foundation and is focused on providing financial, scholarship and service support to the UH-Hilo Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.  For information on or applications for the VAC call 974-7700.  Applications will also be available at the luncheon.

November 3, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment