Paul Regrutto | Interim Head Coach
To find the next University of Hawai`i Hilo men’s soccer coach, Vulcan athletic director Patrick Guillen went back to the beginning. That is, the very beginnings of the UH Hilo program.
Paul Regrutto, the very first Vulcan men’s soccer coach in 2006, was announced today by Guillen as the interim head men’s soccer coach for the 2018 season. Most recently Regrutto was the women’s head soccer coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo, where in 2016 he was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
Regrutto, age 40, takes the reigns from Gene Okamura, who has served as the head coach of both UH Hilo programs for the past two years. Okamura will continue as the Vulcans’ women’s coach.
“Paul brings great energy and a history of success to our men’s program,” Guillen said. “He knows the university, the area and soccer at the NCAA Division II level. More importantly, Paul is an educator and teacher with a successful track record of developing students. This is what Vulcan Athletics is all about and he is a great addition to our program. Welcome home!”
Regrutto was the head coach at CSU-Pueblo for four seasons (2013-16), compiling a 36-31-6 overall record. In 2016, he led the Thunderwolves to the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament berth in women’s soccer. The squad finished 14-5-1, was 9-2-1 in the RMAC and at one point had a nine-match winning streak. The Thunderwolves were ranked No. 23 nationally heading into the RMAC and NCAA tournaments, finally seeing their season come to an end with a 1-0 loss to Dallas Baptist.
In 2012, he was the assistant coach for the women’s program at Cal State San Bernardino, working with former UH Hilo coach Travis Clarke. From 2007-11 Regrutto was the lead assistant coach to the Thunderwolves men’s program. He assisted both the men’s and women’s CSU-Pueblo teams from 2002-05.
In 2006, Regrutto was UH Hilo’s inaugural head coach, with Gordon Inouye serving as the director of operations for UHH’s start-up men’s and women’s programs. The Vulcans went 5-9-1 during their trailblazing season. Regrutto was also slated to be UH Hilo’s head coach for the 2008 season before plans changed and he returned to Pueblo.
The 2001 CSU-Pueblo graduate played three years (1998-2000) for the Thunderwolves, which included a 1999 season where he was captain of a team that went 15-5-1 and won the RMAC championship.
“Hilo has always had a hold on me,” Regrutto said. “I enjoy the people and obviously the beauty of the area. This is a great place to raise a family. I am excited for the opportunity to come back and build this program.”
Okamura (2016-17) and Lance Thompson (2013-15) have directed the men’s program over the course of the last five years, but they also had to juggle leading the Vulcan women’s program at the same time. This will be the first time since 2012 that someone has had the controls of just the men’s program.
“This is a great opportunity to rebuild this program,” Regrutto said. “I have been a coach for 16 years and I know what it takes to improve the culture. This will help both the men’s and women’s programs. Gene has done a great job but that is a huge task to run two teams at once. I appreciate the ground work he has done to help get us going in the right direction.”
Regrutto will retain longtime assistant coach Terry Yamane, who has been an assistant coach for both Vulcan programs for seven years and is very involved in the Big Island club soccer scene.
“I am grateful to Patrick Guillen for this opportunity,” Regrutto added. “This is a good soccer conference but I believe that down the road we can win the PacWest. You can’t achieve anything unless you believe. We will push it.”
Regrutto, who resigned from CSU-Pueblo at the conclusion of the 2016 season to spend more time with his family, lives in Volcano with his wife Kristin and two-year-old daughter Juniper.
Terry Yamane | Assistant Coach
Terry Yamane returned to the University of Hawaii at Hilo women's soccer coaching staff in the Fall of 2016.
Yamane previosly assisted the Vulcan programs from 2008 to 2012.
Yamane's coaching career began on the youth level with AYSO (1998-2004), followed by seven years on the Waiakea High School staff. During those periods, he also coached for the Haaheo Soccer Club. He currently also coaches the Rush Soccer Club and has done so since 2013.
He holds coaching licenses for the NSCAA National "D" and Goalkeeper Level I and II.
Yamane earned his bachelor of business administration from the University of Hawaii in 1978.