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Sherice Ajifu named KSSK ILH Coach of the Year

Congratulations to 2017 KSSK ILH Coach of the Year Sherice Ajifu, a 2005 graduate of Mid-Pacific.

Posted on July 18, 2017 by Scot Allen

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Congratulations to 2017 KSSK ILH Coach of the Year Sherice Ajifu, a 2005 graduate of Mid-Pacific. She was honored along with several other ILH and OIA coaches during a recent KSSK radio morning show.

"This award is a direct reflection of our staff (at all levels) and the players in the program," Ajifu said. "This speaks to the players' belief in our program and their willingness to sacrifice for the overall picture of building champions on the court, in the classroom and in our community. Their hard work, desire to push beyond what they imagined possible, and commitment to being the best versions of themselves has helped to create a winning attitude and culture within our program."

Mid-Pacific won its first Hawai'i High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) division 2 state girls basketball title Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. The win capped an unblemished 11-0 ILH season.

"We're all excited about the upcoming season," she said. "We look forward to a new challenge of competing in division 1, and continuing to evolve our program so we can find success at every level."

With 9 of 10 players returning for the 2017-2018 season, Ajifu is positive and enthusiastic about the team's prospects.

"The girls know the expectations, which should provide us more freedom to implement new schemes and try different things," she said.

"We are extremely proud and happy for Sherice, as she is very deserving of this very prestigious award," said Athletic Director Scott Wagner. "She has been the catalyst for the turnaround in the girls basketball program at Mid-Pacific. Sherice put together an amazing coaching staff; and together with the hard work of the players, girls basketball at Mid-Pacific achieved the tremendous feat of going undefeated this past year in the regular season, then dominating all of their opponents in the state tournament. Sherice's vision, dedication to the program, and her focus on teaching the intricate details of the game to the girls is paying huge dividends. We could not be more proud of her, and we are thankful for all that she continues to give to the students at Mid-Pacific!"