University Of Hawaii At Manoa Rainbow Warriors And Rainbow Wahin
The UH Athletic Program is a member of the Big West Conference in most sports, and the Rainbow Warriors have a College World Series appearance and have completed the NCAA Division I in three consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013). The head coach is Mike Trapasso, who has led Hawaii to two NCAA tournaments since taking over the program in 2001 and has been assistant coach of the U.S. men's and women's national championship teams and the national champion Arizona Wildcats. Rainbow is a sports team from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the second largest university in the country and home to more than 1,000 students.
Hawaii was the only unbeaten team in the 2007 season before losing to the Sugar Bowl in January 2008. The last time a BCS Bowl game was played in Hawaii was in 2005, when Georgia lost to the Rainbow Warriors, winning 41-10 in front of more than 2,000 fans at the sold-out Hawaii Dome.
Sports journalists began calling the UH team a "rainbow," and the football team angered Oregon State in the 2006 BCS Bowl when rainbows appeared throughout the game. The tradition originated from the belief that Hawaii cannot lose when a rainbow appears, so swimmers began calling it the rainbow.