|Position:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
Keith Komeiji joined the Pacific
baseball program as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2011 season
after five seasons at the University of Hawai’i. Komeiji
works with the Pacific catchers.
Komeiji spent the previous five seasons as the hitting coach at Hawai’i, during which time the Hawai’i hitters posted a batting average of .291, including a .297 team average in 2006 and a .305 team average in 2007.
In 2009, Komeiji’s hitters set the school record for home runs with 64 as a team and placed three players on the schools all-time top 10 list for long balls in a single season.
Under his tuteledge, 24 players posted batting averages over .300 in a season, and two standout pupils, Brandon Haislet and Kris Sanchez, set about dismantling the single-season Hawai’i record books. Haislet hit .362 in 2007 with 10 home runs, 66 RBI and 23 doubles, while Sanchez turned in a 2008 campaign with a .389 average, 50 RBI, 52 runs 22 doubles and seven home runs.
In addition to his duties as hitting instructor, Komeiji will be responsible for working with the Pacific catchers. At Hawai’i, he coached five catchers, who were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft: Grady Symonds (drafted in 2002), Brian Bock (2003), Esteban Lopez (2006), Matt Inouye (2006), Landon Hernandez (2008) and David Freitas (2010). Lopez, Hernandez and Freitas were also named All-WAC during his tenure as well.
Prior to joining the Hawai’i staff, Komeiji was a coach with the Hawai’i Island Movers (1995-2001) summer team, as also coached in the Hawai’i Summer Collegiate Baseball League in 2005 as head coach of the Waikiki Surfers. Also during that time frame from 1995-2001, Komeiji served as a coach for the `Iolani School.
He played one season collegiately at Hawai’i and after a year at Orange Coast College, was drafted in the 1983 MLB January winter Draft in the first round by the Seattle Mariners.
After playing six years in the Mariners organization, he spent two seasons in the Italian Baseball League with Grosetto and San Marino.
Komeiji is married to the former Daisy Tsui and the couple have one child together, Zakary.