After 20 years of serving the Rainbow Warriors as the head coach of the baseball team Mike Trapasso will not return next year, athletics director David Matlin announced today. Matlin also announced that men’s golf coach Ronn Miyashiro will not return as well after 24 years of coaching.
After finishing the 2021 season at 21-24 and failing to reach an NCAA regional for an eleventh straight year, it was clear a change needed to be made for the baseball program.
“We have decided to make a change in leadership with our baseball program," Matlin said. "Mike has been a true ambassador for the Rainbow Warrior baseball program through his 20 seasons as head coach and we are proud of his accomplishments on and off the diamond. He is a true Rainbow Warrior and always tried to do what was best for the program. We will always appreciate Mike as a coach and a mentor to our student-athletes."
Trapasso finished his career at UH Manoa with a 546-531 record, posting winning years in 12 of his 20 seasons. He led the team to their first regional since 1992 in 2006 and won ‘06 National Coach of the Year, and would return one more time in 2010.
In his 20 seasons, he would recruit 43 MLB draft picks including one of the program’s best in Kolten Wong.
Ronn Miyashiro will not return as well for his 25th season at UH Mānoa, Matlin announced on Tuesday.
“It's not easy saying goodbye to someone who has been part of our program for so many years as both a student-athlete and coach but we appreciate his dedication and service and wish him well."
Miyashiro took over the program at 23 years old, coaching players to NCAA West Regionals in 2001 and 2004.
“For the last 24 years of my life, I have poured almost everything I have to making sure that I provide opportunities to help develop young men into strong adults who I knew would make positive impacts on the community and beyond.”
The search for replacements will begin immediately.