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The Hawaii Pacific Sharks are the 13 varsity athletic teams that represent Hawaii Pacific University, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Sharks compete as members of the Pacific West Conference. Hawaii Pacific University's first venture into intercollegiate athletics came with the formation of the men's basketball team. The university previously competed in the NAIA before joining the NCAA in the mid-1990s.

Hawaii Pacific Sharks
Logo
UniversityHawaii Pacific University
ConferencePacific West Conference
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorVince Baldemor
LocationHonolulu
Varsity teams13
Basketball arenaNeal S. Blaisdell Center
Baseball stadiumHans L'Orange Field
Softball stadiumHoward A. Okita Field
Soccer stadiumAtherton Field
Other arenasClarence T.C. Ching Gymnasium
NicknameSharks
ColorsTeal Blue and White[1]
         
Websitehpusharks.com

On August 1, 2014, HPU athletics announced that they had changed their name from the Sea Warrior to Sharks as part of a fundraising effort and to "better align themselves with the rest of the university." As part of the new logo rollout, HPU Executive Athletics Director Vince Baldemor promised to secure 1,000 memberships in the HPU "Sharks Club" within the first three months, but the program has been a major failure with membership at less than 300 after two years.

HistoryEdit

Men's basketball won the 1993 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament with an 88-83 victory over Oklahoma Baptist University.

The school's most successful athletics program has been its women's volleyball team, which has won three national championships, one NAIA national volleyball championship in 1990 and two NCAA Women's DII Volleyball Championships in 1998 and 2000.

The Lady Sharks Softball team won the NCAA Division II Women's College World Series on May 31, 2010 with a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Valdosta State University.[2][3]

Although not recognized as an official sport by the athletic department, HPU has an internationally recognized Division II cheerleading and dance team. The HPU Large Coed, Small Coed, All Girl and Dance National Championship Titles have established Hawaii Pacific as a global leader in collegiate competitive cheerleading.[4] Including eight consecutive (Non-NCAA) National Championship from 2003-2010.[5]

Varsity sportsEdit

TeamsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hawaii Pacific University Sharks Sports Logos Style Guide (PDF). October 14, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  2. ^ "Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather - KITV Channel 4". Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "National champion HPU softball team back in the islands - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  4. ^ "HPU cheerleading stunt team wins nationals | The Honolulu Advertiser | Hawaii's Newspaper". The Honolulu Advertiser. 2006-01-27. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100527114613/http://www.hpu.edu/index.cfm?section=News12774&contentID=12774&siteID=1. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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