The Chaminade Silverswords are the 10 varsity athletic teams that represent Chaminade University of Honolulu, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Silverswords compete as members of the Pacific West Conference. Chaminade University of Honolulu's team name is the "Silverswords," a reference to a Hawaiian plant prized for its beauty and ability to withstand harsh conditions.
|University||Chaminade University of Honolulu|
|Conference||Pacific West Conference|
|Athletic director||Bill Villa|
|Basketball arena||McCabe Gymnasium|
|Softball stadium||Central Oahu Regional Park|
|Soccer stadium||Saint Louis Field|
|Colors||Royal Blue and White|
In 1982, Chaminade, then a member of the NAIA, defeated Virginia in what was considered the biggest upset in college basketball history up to that point. This was beaten out on March 16th, 2018 when UMBC defeated #1 Virginia.  Virginia, which featured Ralph Sampson and Rick Carlisle, was the top-ranked team in NCAA Division I basketball entering the game after posting victories against Georgetown (with Patrick Ewing) and Phi Slama Jama of Houston. But in the Blaisdell Arena, the 3,500 fans in attendance, most of whom had come to see the nation's No. 1 team, witnessed the historic 77–72 upset. Many newspapers reportedly checked sources several times to make sure the story was right, that 800-student NAIA Chaminade had actually defeated the NCAA's top-ranked Cavaliers. The game occurred prior to the beginning of the Maui Invitational Tournament which began in 1984 and partly due to the Silverswords win over Virginia.
Chaminade hosts one of the most famous annual men's early season basketball tournaments, the Maui Invitational Tournament. They are the only team that competes in the tournament that is not an NCAA Division I basketball program. However, beginning with the 2018 Tournament, the Silverswords will only appear in the tournament every other year (appearing in 2019, 2021, etc.). Instead, Chaminade will play two games at tournament participant's home arenas in years they do not participate in the tournament.
In 2012, Chaminade defeated the University of Texas in the opening round of the invitational. Texas's coach at the time, Rick Barnes, has lost two games to Chaminade as he also lost in 1991 as the coach of Providence. As of 2017, the Silverswords record in the tournament is 8–92 after a 24-point win over California.
The 1982 Virginia vs. Chaminade men's basketball game was a college basketball game between the Virginia Cavaliers of the University of Virginia and the Chaminade Silverswords of Chaminade University of Honolulu. The contest was held on December 23, 1982, at the Honolulu International Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Silverswords, then a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) member, defeated the Cavaliers, who were the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) top-ranked team, 77–72. Chaminade's victory over a Virginia team that included three-time national player of the year Ralph Sampson was called college basketball's "biggest upset" by multiple publications.1982–83 Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball team
The 1982–83 Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball team represented the University of Virginia and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
On December 23, 1982, the Chaminade Silverswords of Honolulu defeated the No. 1 ranked Cavaliers 77–72. Silverswords players Tony Randolph scored 19 points and Jim Dunham scored 17. Chaminade was ranked fourth in the NAIA rankings; center Ralph Sampson played the entire game and was held to twelve points.
Virginia's two losses in conference were to co-champion North Carolina, and their two losses in the postseason were to eventual national champion North Carolina State; by three points in the final of the ACC Tournament and by one point in the West region finals (Elite Eight) of the NCAA Tournament.Academy of Art Urban Knights
The Academy of Art Urban Knights are the 14 varsity athletic teams that represent Academy of Art University, located in San Francisco, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Urban Knights compete as members of the Pacific West Conference.Azusa Pacific Cougars
The Azusa Pacific Cougars are the 17 varsity athletic teams that represent Azusa Pacific University, located in Azusa, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Cougars compete as members of the Pacific West Conference for most sports except football (Great Northwest Athletic Conference), women's swimming and diving (Pacific Coast Swimming and Diving Conference), and women's water polo (Golden Coast Conference). Prior to the 2012-13 academic year, the Cougars competed in the Golden State Athletic Conference as part of the NAIA. On July 11, 2011 Azusa Pacific began the three-year transition process to becoming a member of the NCAA. At that time, they joined the Pacific West Conference of NCAA Division II and became a football-only member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.Azusa Pacific Athletics achieved eight consecutive wins of the Directors’ Cup from 2005 to 2012, with a total of 108 GSAC Championships and 36 NAIA National Championships. Since joining NCAA Division II, the program has added 31 PacWest Conference Championships and four GNAC championships in football.Biola Eagles
The Biola Eagles are the 16 varsity athletic teams that represent Biola University, located in La Mirada, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Eagles compete as members of the Pacific West Conference for most sports except men and women’s swimming and diving.Dr. Bethany Miller currently serves as the Athletic Director overseeing all 16 varsity programs.
Dave Holmquist is the school’s men’s basketball coach. He coached for 40 seasons in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and is the winningest active coach in the NAIA Division I rankings (947-364). Other current members of the PacWest Conference include Academy of Art Urban Knights, Azusa Pacific Cougars, Chaminade Silverswords, Concordia-Irvine Eagles, Dominican Penguins, Fresno Pacific Sunbirds, Hawaii Pacific Sharks, Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans, Holy Names Hawks, Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts and the Point Loma Nazarene Sea Lions.
Biola University Athletics was an active member of the NAIA from 1964-2017. The Eagles were accepted for provisional NCAA membership on July 20, 2016 and played their initial PacWest Conference season in 2017-18. BU was accepted for full NCAA Division II membership on July 12, 2019. Biola University was established as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles in 1908.Central Oahu Regional Park
The Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park (CORP) is a 269-acre (1.09 km2) public park operated by the City and County of Honolulu. It held its grand opening on July 21, 2001 and it is located in Waipio, Oahu just off the Kamehameha Highway.The Central Oahu Regional Park complex currently includes a 20-court tennis center, which opened in 2003; the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, four youth baseball diamonds, four regulation size baseball diamonds, a four diamond softball complex, as well as other multipurpose fields, and a 20-lane archery range.
CORP plays host to many different sporting events including swimming, baseball, soccer, football etc. It is also the home field for the Hawaii Pacific University Sea Warrior baseball team, the Chaminade University Silversword softball team as well as being the home of the 2007 Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) Softball Tournament.
The Hanwha Eagles (Korea Baseball Organization) uses the baseball field annually during spring training.
The park was renamed after U.S. Representative Patsy Mink in 2007.Chaminade
Chaminade can refer to:
William Joseph Chaminade, Catholic priest and founder of the Society of Mary (Marianists)
Educational institutions associated with the Marianists and named for William Joseph Chaminade:
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Chaminade Silverswords, the athletic program of Chaminade University
Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York
Chaminade College Preparatory School (California) in Chatsworth and West Hills, California
Chaminade College Preparatory School (Missouri) in St. Louis, Missouri
Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton, Ohio
Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, Florida
Chaminade College School, in Toronto, Canada
Cécile Chaminade, French composer and pianistConcordia Eagles
The Concordia Eagles are the athletic sports teams for Concordia University Irvine, located in Irvine, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Eagles compete as members of the Pacific West Conference.Dominican Penguins
The Dominican Penguins are the 11 varsity athletics teams that represent Dominican University of California, located in San Rafael, California, in NCAA Division II sports. The Penguins compete as members of the Pacific West Conference. The university became a full member of NCAA Division II in 2011.Fresno Pacific Sunbirds
The Fresno Pacific Sunbirds (also FPU Sunbirds) are the 16 varsity athletic teams that represent Fresno Pacific University, located in Fresno, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Sunbirds compete as members of the Pacific West Conference for most sports except water polo, which will join the Western Water Polo Association.Guam at the 2015 Pacific Games
Guam competed at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea from 4 to 18 July 2015. Guam listed 148 competitors as of 4 July 2015.Guam national basketball team
The Guam national basketball team represents Guam in international competitions. It is administrated by the Guam Basketball Confederation.Guam is the only nation other than Australia and New Zealand to win a silver medal at the FIBA Oceania Championship.Hawaii Pacific Sharks
The Hawaii Pacific Sharks are the 13 varsity athletic teams that represent Hawaii Pacific University, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Sharks compete as members of the Pacific West Conference. Hawaii Pacific University's first venture into intercollegiate athletics came with the formation of the men's basketball team. The university previously competed in the NAIA before joining the NCAA in the mid-1990s.
On August 1, 2014, HPU athletics announced that they had changed their name from the Sea Warrior to Sharks as part of a fundraising effort and to "better align themselves with the rest of the university." As part of the new logo rollout, HPU Executive Athletics Director Vince Baldemor promised to secure 1,000 memberships in the HPU "Sharks Club" within the first three months, but the program has been a major failure with membership at less than 300 after two years.Hawaii–Hilo Vulcans
The Hawaii–Hilo Vulcans are the athletic sports teams for the University of Hawaii at Hilo, located in Hilo, Hawaii, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Vulcans compete as members of the Pacific West Conference, in 12 varsity sports.Holy Names Hawks
Holy Names Hawks (also HNU Hawks) are the 13 varsity athletic teams sponsored by HNU Athletics that represent Holy Names University (HNU), located in Oakland, California. HNU Athletics completed the NCAA membership process in July 2016 and is now a member of NCAA Division II.Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts
The Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts (also Notre Dame de Namur Argos) are the 11 varsity athletic teams that represent Notre Dame de Namur University, located in Belmont, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Argonauts compete as members of the Pacific West Conference for all sports except for men’s lacrosse, which competes in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA).Pacific West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
The Pacific West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is the annual conference basketball championship tournament for the Pacific West Conference. The tournament has been held annually since 2013. It is a single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records.The winner, declared conference champion, receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship.Point Loma Nazarene Sea Lions
The Point Loma Nazarene University Sea Lions (also PLNU Sea Lions) are the 11 varsity athletic teams that represent Point Loma Nazarene University, located in San Diego, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. Point Loma officially became an active member in the NCAA during the Summer of 2014, which signified the conclusion of their three-year transition process from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. The Sea Lions compete as members of the Pacific West Conference for all sports. PLNU was previously a member of the NAIA's Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC).Waly Coulibaly
Waly Coulibaly (born February 10, 1988) is a Malian basketball player who last played for The Patterson School after previously playing for Stade Malien of the Malian Basketball League while in High School. He is also a member of the Mali national basketball team.
Coulibaly has starred for Mali since breaking onto the international scene as a 16-year-old. Coulibaly was the leading scorer at the along with Serge Ibaka at the 2006 FIBA Africa U-18 Championships, averaging 18.6 PPG. He scored a team-leading 26 points in a semifinal victory against Angola that earned Mali a berth at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship 2007. Although Mali struggled to a 15th-place finish in this tournament after being placed in a group with the gold medal winning host country Serbia, eventual silver medalist United States, and China, Coulibaly was the tournament's fourth leading scorer with 19.6 PPG.Coulibaly played in the 2007 FIBA Africa Championship as a 19-year-old, but saw little action for the team. Two years later, however, Coulibaly had a breakout performance at the 2009 FIBA Africa Championship for quarterfinalist Mali, averaging 14.6 PPG on a Mali team that came within one point of advancing to the semifinals after losing 74-73 to Tunisia.