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Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

High School Sports
Flashback: Naomi Mulitauaopele, Chief Sealth, Class of 1994

Naomi Mulitauaopele was head and shoulders above prep foes.
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Sport: Basketball

High school rewind: Metro League Player of the Year her junior and senior seasons, averaging a combined 19 points and 11 rebounds. Third-team Parade magazine All-American at the end of her senior season.

After high school: Mulitauaopele (pronounced moo-lee-tawa-oh-PEH-leh, first name pronounced nah-OH-mee) played for Stanford and was a member of four Pac-10 championship teams. Played for the Seattle Reign in the ABL (1998), the Utah Starzz in the WNBA (2000) and teams in Turkey, Korea and Spain until 2002.

After athletics: Currently a women's basketball assistant coach at Pacific Lutheran. Also runs a basketball camps for boys and girls ages 7 to 18 called 'Omi's Legacy Hoop Camps. She does grant writing for non-profit organizations in the Seattle area, and motivational speaking.

Naomi Mulitauaopele
Mulitauaopele, 27, is single and lives in Gig Harbor. She is Samoan and the niece of former-NFL player Manu Tuiasosopo. Her brother Toalei played football for the Huskies in 1998-99.

Fast Forward: Coming out of high school, she was considered the top player in the state. At 6 feet 4, she dominated other teams in the Metro League.

She has not lost her itch to get out on the court and says coaching has been as rewarding as playing.

She recalls her learning curve in jumping from a star at Sealth to one of many talented players at Stanford.

"Oh my! That was quite an eye-opening, humbling experience," she said. "That's one thing that I try to prepare students for. ... Now that I'm 27, I want to be able to share what I've seen with a person who might follow the same path that I took."

— Jeannine Befidi


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