UH Hilo Vulcans will return to competition in spring 2021

After a ten-month hiatus due to COVID-19 concerns, the PacWest plans to restart conference competition during the week of Jan. 18, 2021.

Vulcan logo, V with flame.

The Pacific West Conference Executive Board has voted unanimously to grant permission for the conference to announce return to competition dates and scheduling concepts for the upcoming 2021 semester. This means the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo will resume competition as allowed by local and state guidelines.

After a ten-month hiatus due to COVID-19 concerns, the PacWest plans to restart conference competition during the week of Jan. 18, 2021, with the men’s and women’s basketball seasons tipping off around the conference. The schedules for each of the PacWest sports will include in-pod games, dividing the conference into three pods:

  1. Hawai‘i pod: Chaminade, UH Hilo, and Hawai‘i Pacific  the
  2. Northern California pod: Academy of Art, Dominican, Fresno Pacific, and Holy Names
  3. Southern California pod: Azusa Pacific, Biola, Concordia and Point Loma
Patrick Guillen
Patrick Guillen

“I am very pleased with this plan to move forward with schedules in the spring semester,” says Patrick Guillen, UH Hilo athletics director. “A tremendous amount of time and effort went on behind the scenes to get us to this point. I am grateful to Chancellor Irwin and also the PacWest Conference Executive Board for giving us as a conference the green light to move forward in a safe manner.”

Specific schedules will be announced at a later date.

“I am mostly excited for our student-athletes who now have an opportunity to do what they love and have trained so hard for,” says Guillen. “This will allow them to have a meaningful playing schedule that contributes to their overall student experience while representing our university and community.”

Full media release at the Vulcan News website.