Yagi basketball camp registration open

An athlete smiles while running footwork drills with UH-Hilo alumni and coaches during the Jimmy Yagi basketball camp in July 2023 at Pana'ewa Gym in Hilo. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

In the past 38 years, former UH-Hilo coach Jimmy Yagi and former all-star guard Bill O'Rear volunteered and worked together in more than 100 basketball camps/clinics around the state, teaching fundamentals of the game to thousands of young players. Both men are members of the UH-Hilo Athletic Hall of Fame. (Rock Ogata/Courtesy Image)

Jimmy Yagi – who still tutors basketball campers when he can – retired as UH-Hilo men’s basketball coach in 1985 after 11 winnings seasons in 12 years, three trips to the NAIA national tournament and four tussles with Georgetown and coach John Thompson. (Hawaii Tribune-Herald/File Photo)

Jimmy Yagi presides over the Vulcan Basketball Camp in July 2017 at UH-Hilo. (Holly Johnson/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

University of Hawaii-Hilo has announced that the 2024 Coach Jimmy Yagi Vulcan Basketball Camp is set for July 22-25 at the Pana’ewa Park Gym.

The four-day camp for boys and girls aged 9-17 runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Registration is $120 with a maximum participant number of 180.


The camp, instructed by Vulcans players and basketball coaches Kaniela Aiona (Men’s Head Coach), David Kaneshiro (Women’s Head Coach), Jamison Montgomery (Men’s Associate HC) and Steve Kinder (Men’s Assistant Coach), includes drills, games, contests and guest speakers along with lunch, T-shirt, basketball and a camp photo.

The camp brochure can be found online at https://hiloathletics.com/documents/2024/5/13/Yagi_Camp_2024.pdf.

Please read through the camp brochure information thoroughly and complete all forms.

Advanced registration is required and must be mailed or hand-delivered accompanied with full payment. Checks only; payable to: University of Hawai’i.

Walk-up registrations will not be accepted if camp enrollment is already at capacity.

Contact uhhmbkb@hawaii.edu or (808) 932-7168 for any questions or concerns.

As a central pioneer of basketball in Hawai’i, late Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Yagi led camps and clinics around the world, helping generations of aspiring basketball players enhance their skill sets to achieve their athletic goals.

Yagi spent 12 seasons as head coach of the Vulcans men’s basketball team, compiling a record of 252-126 in the late 1970s through the early 1980s.

He took the Vulcans to the NAIA national tournament three times, and more importantly, put UH-Hilo basketball on the map as the biggest game in town.

After coaching for the Vulcans, Yagi also taught youth basketball camps in Europe, alongside NBA legends Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki — who played from the late ‘90s to late ‘10s.

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