UH Wahine timeline
Rainbow Wahine athletics begins with volleyball, coached by Alan Kang, and track, coached by Lee Thomas. Dr. Donnis Thompson is named interim Women's Athletics Director in August of 1973. It is a part-time position she serves in addition to her work as associate professor of Health and Physical Education. UH fields 14 men's sports, including water polo and wrestling.
Coaches named for six sports in newly created branch of women's athletics i track and cross country (Robert Tracy), swim (Dr. Wesley Mock), golf (Mary Lindeman), basketball (Patsy Dung) and volleyball (Alan Kang). UH competes in Hawai'i Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with state's other 2- and 4-year colleges. Volleyball finishes fifth in the 1974 USVBA nationals. Swim roster includes Olympian Susie Atwood and All-American Phyllis Horman. Marga Stubblefield places second at Hawai'i's first AIAW Golf championship and gets one scholarship. Freshman Waynette Mitchell gets the other, and is fourth in discus and fifth in shot put nationally. Twenty tuition waivers are also offered.
As the Rainbow Wahine officially become an intercollegiate program, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare issues a draft of Title IX regulations. UH joins AIAW with eight sports. Tennis starts with head coach Jenny Gomes, and diving with Wally Nakamoto. Volleyball finishes second to UCLA at its first intercollegiate national championship. Joey Akeo, Joyce Kapua'ala, Beth McLachlin are All-Americans. Swimmer Barbara Mitchell wins the AIAW 200-yard individual medley.
Three-time Olympic medalist Susie Atwood places in four individual events at AIAW swimming nationals. Her team, which also includes Olympic diving medalist Keala O'Sullivan, places ninth. First-year coach Dave Shoji takes volleyball to second at the AIAW nationals, with Beth McLachlin again earning All-America recognition. Teammate Marilyn Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano is first female to win Jack Bonham Award, the department's most prestigious honor. Rainbow Wahine Hui support group founded.
Volleyball brings in UCLA and sells out Blaisdell, the crowd of 7,813 setting a record for a women's collegiate event. UH goes on to finish third at AIAW nationals. Program plays host to its first national championship golf at Kuilima Hyatt Country Club, with Nancy Lopez and Betsy King. First-year coach Ron Castillo guides Hawai'i to seventh, and Lenore Muraoka ties for eighth individually. New coach Doris Hakman helps tennis into the AIAW Western Regionals, where sisters Beverly and Carolyn Tom i the current coach upset Stanford in doubles. Legislature upgrades Thompson's position to full-time, at a salary of $25,000. She is one of two finalists for AIAW presidency, but loses by 13 votes.
Joey Akeo and Terry Malterre are volleyball All-Americans and their team finishes third in the country. Lenore Muraoka qualifies for AIAW golf nationals. Swim team is ranked 14th, with Ann Haley and Camille Wright named All-Americans. Cross country sends three runners to nationals.
Cross country runner Cindy Hane wins her age group (20-29) at Honolulu Marathon. Rocky Elias, Cheryl Grimm and freshman Diane Sebastian are volleyball All-Americans and play UCLA before 7,813 fans at Blaisdell Center, again. Athletes from six of the seven varsity sports (swimming and diving are now one) compete at AIAW national events. Tennis player Jane Zukaitis wins Bonham Award the first year two a woman and a man are honored. First phase of new swim facility opens, with last phase finished in 1986. In July, 1978, Rep. Faith Evans files a Title IX complaint against UH.
Volleyball captures UH's first national title, winning the AIAW championship in a pulsating, five-game final over Utah State. Angie Andrade, Terry Malterre, Waynette Mitchell and Diane Sebastian are All-Americans and Bonnie Gouveia wins Bonham Award. Basketball begins its Wahine Classic. In November, two Office of Civil Rights investigators interview more than 100 people about Title IX complaint. Joe Hilbe takes over track program and Leilehua graduate Shari Fox qualifies for nationals in 400 meters and long jump.