Name: Kawika Shoji
Position: Setter
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Height: 6-3 (198cm)
Weight: 194 (88kg)
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
High School: Iolani School (Honolulu, Hawaii)
College: Stanford (2010)
Olympic Experience
  • 2016 Olympic Games (Bronze medal)
World Championship Experience
  • 2018 World Championship (Bronze medal)
  • 2014 World Championship (7th place)
Other Career Highlights
  • Helped the U.S. Men win the 2015 FIVB World Cup and qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games
  • Helped the U.S. Men win the 2014 FIVB World League title
  • Named 2010 AVCA Men’s DI-II Player of the Year as he led Stanford to the NCAA National Championship
  • Co-Most Outstanding Player along with teammate Brad Lawson at the 2010 NCAA tournament, also on the All-Tournament Team
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  • Helped the U.S. Men win the 2019 Tokyo Olympic Qualifier
  • Helped the U.S. Men win silver at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League
  • Helped the U.S. Men win bronze at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League and the World Championship
  • Helped the U.S. Men win the 2017 NORCECA Championship
  • Helped the U.S. Men win the 2015 FIVB World Cup and qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games
  • Helped the U.S. Men win bronze at the 2015 FIVB World League
  • Has played professionally in Russia, Germany and Turkey
  • Served as team captain for the 2011 U.S. Pan American Cup team that won the gold medal in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Competed with the 2011 U.S. A2 Team that finished second at the Pan American Cup in Quebec
  • Played libero for the 2007 Men’s Junior National Team that finished seventh at the FIVB World Championship
  • Was the starting setter for the 2006 Men’s Junior Team that finished second at the NORCECA Continental Championship in Mexico
  • Was named Best Setter at the 2004 NORCECA Boys’ Youth Championship as the U.S. won gold in Mexico City
  • Two-time AVCA First Team All-American at Stanford
  • Lettered four years in volleyball and golf and three years in basketball at Iolani School in Honolulu
  • Four-time Junior National Championship all-tournament choice with the Outrigger Canoe Volleyball Club
Personal: Parents are Dave and Mary Shoji. Father retired as University of Hawaii women's volleyball coach in 2016. ... Dave Shoji won four national titles in 34 seasons. He also has the most wins in NCAA DI women’s volleyball history. Mary Shoji played basketball at Hawaii... Married wife Megan in 2014. The pair had daughter Ada-Jean in 2018 and daughter Lila-Joy in 2021... Has a brother, Erik (1989) and a sister Cobey (1979). Erik plays libero for the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team... Also plays golf

The Big Blurb
“He earned the respect of coaches around the country by leading the Stanford program back to national prominence. He’s been the core guy to get this program turned around. We’ve been able to recruit talented players around him, but he makes the whole thing work.” Stanford Head Coach John Kosty in the SFGate

The Quote
“I think we’ve always had the dream. But I don’t know if I could have told you 10 or 15 years ago that we’d be playing together on the national team.” Kawika Shoji on playing with his brother Erik

Related Links
Hey, America, We are Your Players, Too! – The Cauldron
Brothers Berlin –
Shoji brothers are a big part of No. 1 Stanford’s volleyball family – The Denver Post
Sportsman's Interview with Erik and Kawika Shoji –