Coach Shiraishi a man of character, integrity

John Wooden and Spencer Shiraishi (The Maui News, Sept. 3) were examples of excellent character and integrity. Although, I had never met coach Wooden personally, that rolled up newspaper was my weekend addiction to college basketball. His grace, persona and management of athletes, would be on par with the coaching skills of coach Shiraishi.

While training for a canoe race, I watched coach work with his swimmers and indeed caught everyone’s attention as he said, “Look into my blue eyes.” So much aloha, he will be missed.

Cliff R. Libed