The University of Hawaii Athletics Department on Friday announced the induction of four new members to its Circle of Honor.
Vince Goo, Jim Schwitters, Terry Albritton and Jyun ?Curly? Hirota were all coaches at the school. The honorees are the 28th group to be honored.
UH Circle Of Honor Recipient Biographies:Vince Goo Vince Goo, the son of former men?s basketball coach Ah Chew Goo, coached the Rainbow Wahine basketball team for 17 seasons and upon his retirement in 2004, was the winningest college basketball coach in the state of Hawai?i -- men?s or women?s. His teams won 334 games and made 10 trips to the postseason, including five appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
During his career, he coached three All-Americans, three conference players of the year, 21 all-conference players, and three Hawai?i representatives for NCAA Woman of the Year ? Nani Cockett, BJ Itoman and Raylene Howard. In addition, six of his players also earned the Jack Bonham Award, UH?s highest student-athlete honor.
In his second season, Hawai?i made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the first of five during his career. Goo also led the Rainbow Wahine to four 25-plus seasons, including a school-best 28 wins in the 1992-93 season. In 1997-98, the Rainbow Wahine won their first Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship and finished 24-4.
Under Goo, UH also won back-to-back regular-season Big West Conference titles as well as the Big West tournament title in 1996. The Rainbow Wahine finished second in the 1992 NWIT, capping a 26-8 season.
Goo was named coach of the year in the Big West three times and once in the WAC. However, he was proudest of his players? successes in the classroom where he had a nearly perfect graduation rate with more than 40 Rainbow Wahine receiving their degrees.
Jim Schwitters When he retired in 2003 after a 38-year coaching career, Jim Schwitters was the winningest coach in NCAA tennis history (1,327-610-15) with his combined record for men (819-409-8) and women (508-201-7).
In men?s tennis, Schwitters coached 14 all-WAC players, one ITCA scholar-athlete and five ITA scholar-athletes. He was the ITCA Region VII coach of the year in 1999-2000. Among his highlights include an eighth place finish at the 1968 NCAA College Division Championship and qualifying for the 1975 NCAA Division I Championship.
In 26 seasons with the Rainbow Wahine, he coached a dozen all-WAC players, including Diane Okada, the WAC player of the year in 1993. There were also three ITA scholar-athlete awards and 18 academic all-WAC players. He also coached one of the most dominate doubles teams in women?s tennis in Rosie Vera Cruz and Rose Thomas (1981-85), who teamed up to win 100 matches during their careers.