Damien football coach Nakagawa released
Damien Memorial School is searching for a new varsity football coach after letting Dean Nakagawa go. Nakagawa and Damien athletic director Pohai Lee both said Nakagawa was released due to philosophical differences.
"That's pretty much what it came down to. Dean's a good guy and it was a tough decision and we want to thank him and his staff for their efforts," Lee said.
Nakagawa and Rudy Alejo were co-head coaches for five years before Alejo left after the 2005 season, including advancing to the Division II state championship game in 2003. The Monarchs went 3-7-1 last year with Nakagawa as the lone head coach.
"I had a good time at Damien and appreciated the opportunity," Nakagawa said. "The new AD came in and changed the baseball and basketball coaches and now there will be a new football coach. I guess that's the way it goes when you have a new AD."
Applicants can contact Lee at 841-0195, ext. 526, or firstname.lastname@example.org via e-mail.
Warriors drop spot in volleyball poll
The Hawaii volleyball team dropped two matches last week but only dropped one spot in the CSTV/AVCA Division I-II Top 15 poll released yesterday.
The Warriors (0-2) fell to No. 5 after being swept twice by UC Irvine, which remained No. 1. The Anteaters (6-0) received 14 of the 16 first-place votes.
The other two votes went to Brigham Young (4-0), which kept its No. 2 ranking. The Cougars swept UCLA twice last week but it did not change UCLA's ranking; the Bruins (2-3) remained third.
Pepperdine (2-0) moved into Hawaii's former spot at No. 4.
The Warriors continue Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play this week, hosting No. 11 Pacific (2-3) Thursday and Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Tigers moved up three spots to 11th following their upset of CSU Northridge.
Free tickets to UH women's hoops, volleyball
The University of Hawaii is offering free tickets to several of this week's athletic events.
Tomorrow's Rainbow Wahine basketball game against Idaho has been designated Military Night.
Any member of the armed services -- active duty or reserve -- will receive a free ticket when showing a military I.D. at the Stan Sheriff Center box office. There is no admission charge for children or students. Game time is 7 p.m.
UH students can receive a free ticket to both of the men's volleyball matches this week against Pacific by showing a spring I.D. card, either in advance or the night of the match. The Warriors play the Tigers Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.
Early registration for marathon opens
Early registration for the Honolulu Marathon begins Saturday at Niketown in Waikiki and runs through Jan. 28.
The entry fee for the 35th annual race set for December is $20 for Hawaii residents and military personnel stationed in the state. Registration will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.