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Linfield volleyball coach Shane Kimura has won more games and coached in more matches than any active Northwest Conference coach. He enters his 35th season with a record of 605-443. In 2010, he coached his 1,000 career match. Among active coaches, his 605 wins ranks among the top 10 in NCAA Division III. He is the longest-tenured college volleyball coach on the West Coast.
Kimura was named NWC Coach of the Year in 2003 after guiding the Wildcats to the finest season in school history. Linfield went 23-4 overall, including 14-2 in conference play, and qualified for the NCAA playoffs for the second time in four years. Kimura again took the Wildcats to the post-season in 2005 and 2006, reaching the semifinals of the NCAA West Regional each time.
Since 1980, Kimura's teams have won or shared five conference championships and one district championship.
Kimura led Dayton High School to the West Valley League volleyball championship in 1979. He also served as assistant volleyball coach at Linfield from 1977-78 and as head coach from 1974-1976, while an undergraduate. Kimura received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Linfield in 1978. He is a teacher with the McMinnville School District at Wascher Elementary School in Lafayette.
Kimura and his wife, Donna, have two grown sons, Reid and Scott. Reid and Scott are both assistant coaches for the Linfield swimming program, and Reid also helps coach the volleyball team.