Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Mugiishi retires

'Iolani boys basketball coach Dr. Mark Mugiishi announced his retirement last night after 20 years of leading the Raiders.

Mugiishi won a record seven state championships (1994, '98, '02, '03, '04, '05 and '06) and compiled an overall record of 463-125.

He also led the team to 10 Interscholastic League of Honolulu titles and 16 state tournament appearances.

"The championships and the wins under Coach Mugiishi are terrific and mean a lot to our school community," 'Iolani headmaster Dr. Val Iwashita said in a news release. "But the lives he has impacted and changed in positive, meaningful ways are his most priceless contribution."

The release stated that Mugiishi, a practicing surgeon at Central Medical Clinic and member of the 'Iolani Board of Governors, stepped down because of increased demands on his time.

"It's been a great run," Mugiishi said. "But at this point, something had to give."

Under Mugiishi, an 'Iolani graduate, the 'Iolani Prep Classic grew into one of the top prep tournaments in the country.

Two of Mugiishi's most notable players were Derrick Low, who went on to play at Washington State, and Bobby Nash, who played at Hawaii.

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