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Vulcan Athletic Club showcases Baseball and Softball Programs

Jaime Wallin enters her second season as the head coach of the softball program. The 2011 team amassed an overall season record of 28-14 and a Pac West record of 21-7. Wallin played collegiate softball at Pace University and Queens College. She was a 1997 all-conference selection at Pace and a two-time all-conference player at Queens. She has held coaching positions at Lafayette College, Sonoma State, Stony Brook, UC-Davis and Queens College

“Pitching makes the biggest difference in softball,” Wallin said.  “I feel strongly about what our freshmen class can do as we are not a team of superstars.  We need to out smart our opponents.”

The Vulcan softball team did not make post season last year and Wallin’s goals for this year is to help her team make postseason play.

Pictured with Women’s Softball Coach Jaime Walin is Bryanne Hardy.

Hardy, a senior, bats third in the order and led the team in several areas.  For her hardwork and talent Hardy was named 1st Team All Region last season.   She majors in Administration of Justice and will graduate in the Spring.

Coach Joey Estrella enters his 33rd season and has led the Vulcans to three NAIA world series and won five NAIA district championships in the 1980s. The Vulcans made the move from NAIA to the NCAA Division I level under Estrella.

Last season the Vulcans were 16-16 and carried 12 seniors on the team.  This season the Vulcans have 5 seniors, 17 juniors, 5 sophomores and 6 freshmen.

“The PAC West Confrence could be ranked #4 in the nation based on strength of teams played,” Estrella said.

With a 962 fielding percentage Estrella believes that the Vulcans need to work on DEFENSE!  “Pitching is a concern with a lack of experience on the mound,” Estrella said.

Pictured with Coach Joey Estrella is Jonathan James who spoke at the VAC luncheon.    James is a 6-2, 200 pound junior and a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama.  The number 3 batter in the lineup was named All Confrence last year with a 439 on base percentage.  “I think our starting 9 looks good,” James said.   “My favorite pitch as a batter is the fastball and I’m a big Red Sox fan.” 

The Vulcan’s carry a 40 man roster and they have 7 red shirts.   “We have lots of talent to look at,” Estrella said

Pictured, left to right, is Vulcan Athletic Club Vice President, Gordon Inouye with VAC Treasure Nathan Cockett

The VAC meets regularly and their monthly luncheons are opended to the public.

Different team sports are featured at the luncheons.

For information on the Vulcan Athletic Club call 974-7700.

Luncheons are on the second Tuesday of the month at the Naniloa Hotel and cost is between $12 and $16.    GO VULCANS!

January 11, 2012 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vulcan Athletic Club luncheon to feature Vulcan coaches, Joey Estrella & Jaime Wallin

Joey Estrella and Brian Stevens

Long time UHH Vulcan Baseball coach, Joey Estrella, along with Vulcan softball coach Jaime Wallen, will be speaking at the next Vulcan Athletic Club luncheon in the Palm Lounge of the Naniloa on Tuesday,  January 10 at noon.

 
The VAC host monthly luncheons which feature a coach and one of their athlets.
 
Soup and sandwich, along with beverage, is only $12 and a full entree is just $16.
The luncheon begins at noon and is a great way to meet some of the dedicated coaches and staff representing our Vulcan family.
 
Pictured with Coach Estrella is Pitching Coach Brian Stevens who married a local girl and they now call Hilo their home.  I had the pleasure of meeting Brian at the last VAC luncheon.
 
The public is encouraged to attend these luncheons and further information can be obtained by calling 974-7700.   Coach Estrella is a class act and I can’t wait till the January luncheon.  I’ve never met coach Wallin so that will be a great honor for me.
 Estrella enters his 33rd season and has led the Vulcans to three NAIA world series and won five NAIA district championships in the 1980s. The Vulcans made the move from NAIA to the NCAA Division I level under Estrella.

As a baseball player at the University of Hawaii Manoa, Estrella was the first recipient of the annual Jack Bonham award for excellence on the field, in the class room and in public service.

Wallin enters her second season as the head coach of the softball program. The 2011 team amassed an overall season record of 28-14 and a Pac West record of 21-7. Wallin played collegiate softball at Pace University and Queens College. She was a 1997 all-conference selection at Pace and a two-time all-conference player at Queens. She has held coaching positions at Lafayette College, Sonoma State, Stony Brook, UC-Davis and Queens College.

The Vulcan Athletic Club is organized under the University of Hawaii Foundation and 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.

  Hope to see some of you there.

January 3, 2012 Posted by | Baseball | , , , , | 2 Comments

Big Dog meets Kurt Suzuki during Autograph Session

Kurt Suzuki, Big Dog, UUH baseball coach Joey Estrella

   Oakland A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki spent part of the afternoon at the Prince Kuhio Plaza signing autographs for several hundred  fans both young and old.

   Suzuki just completed his second season with Oakland and was home on Maui when he decided to come to Hilo to meet BJ Penn and do an autograph session at the PKP at the site of the new wall for the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame.

   The line waiting to get a brief glimse of Suzuki stretched for more than 50 yards as fans waited  patiently to get a photo and an a signature.

Kurt Suzuki - photo by Kirk Lee Aeder

January 15, 2010 Posted by | Baseball, Events | , , , , , | Leave a comment