Midland University Names Malia Shimabukuro Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach

FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University has announced Malia Shimabukuro as the institution’s new head women’s lacrosse coach. As a former dual-sport athlete for the Warriors, she brings with her the knowledge of both the game lacrosse as well as the campus community.

“We are excited to have Malia leading our women’s lacrosse program,” said Dave Gillespie, Midland University Athletics Director. “She is committed to providing an environment that nurtures both the academic and athletic endeavors of our student athletes.”

Shimabukuro is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated from Midland University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education, K-8 and an endorsement in coaching. Since then she has been a residence hall director while also assisting with the women’s lacrosse and women’s ice hockey teams.

As a student-athlete, Malia was a major contributor to both the women’s lacrosse and hockey teams. She was a named to the President’s List in each semester on campus, while maintaining a 4.0 G.P.A. Malia was an NAIA Scholar-Athlete for lacrosse and was named to the Academic All-America All-Large Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

“I’m excited to rejoin the program and reestablish the culture of Midland Lacrosse,” Shimabukuro commented. “Building a lacrosse program in the Midwest is a challenge that I look forward to taking on. I hope to grow and learn along with the players and share with them what it means to be a Warrior. I can’t wait to develop a relationship with our current and future student-athletes both on the field and off.”