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Friday, September 21, 2007

Mike Nishihara Dies Suddenly

There's sad news to report with the untimely death of USTA High Performance Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Nishihara earlier this week of an apparent heart attack.
I've been searching for an obituary or news story to link to since I heard about this Wednesday, but I haven't been able to track anything down. If anyone has any information or a link, please leave a comment.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very shocked and saddened to hear this..extremely nice man, who was a big plus for the USTA..thoughts and prayers go out for his family.

Anonymous said...

Mike had a heart attack while working out on the court at Crandon Park. He was taken to the hospital but they could not revive him. He had a history of heart attacks in his family. His father died at 41 of an attack. He was a great friend and trainer and will be missed dearly.

Anonymous said...

He is one of my best friends. He was nicest, most genuine people you could ever meet. I am still in disbelief...

Colette Lewis said...

Thanks to the anonymous commenter who sent this link to Nishihara's obituary.
legacy.com

desquitado said...

I attended Nish's service last night in Fort Lauderdale. It was beautiful and inspiring event. With standing room only attendance, family and friends shared stories of Nish's kind heart, his infectious laugh, his special friendship, love of life, and generous spirit. The night demonstrated the impact Nish had on the USTA, his friends, family, and ALL the lives he touched. He will be sorely missed by all. Thank you for all youve done Mike, Aloha.

Colette Lewis said...

Kevin Desquitado left me this comment:

I am currently starting to put together a myspace page dedicated to Nish. Feel free to send me any, pics, thoughts, etc. to me. This is one way to keep his legacy alive. Any suggestions or help I would appreciate. thank you."

here's the link

Kevin Desquitado said...

Heres my email address.
desquitado@hotmail.com
Feel free to contact me if youd like to add anything to Nish's myspace page. thanks.

Man in the Moon said...

Kevin Desquitado

very nice job on the myspace page.

Nish sounds like a great guy I am sorry for your loss.

Jeff Higuera said...

Mike was my mentor, a person who really gave me the direction and the path that I am on today. He gave so much to me in the time I was with him. Without Mike, I would not be where I am today. I will never forget Mike as a mentor, a friend, and a person who I always looked up to. I will miss you my friend.

Anonymous said...

Mike was my physical trainer coach and he was the best and the nicest one in the world, he was a really great friend. I was at his memorial and there was a big picture of him in the middle of the room and it showed him happy. For the time that i was with Nish he was always happy I dont remember one time when he was sad or mad. He was always smiling and giving his friendly laugh.

Deborah S. said...

Mike was my physical trainer coach and most importantly a great friend, and for the time that i was with him he was never sad or mad. He always had a big smile and was always very positive. When he laughed he would always bring a smile to your face. I was at his memorial and there were many people there a that loved and appreciated him. I will miss him dearly, and i will always have him in mind.

Debb

Anonymous said...

Here is the obituary and guest book for Mike Nishihara.
Ordenstein's Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary MIKE NISHIHARA Age 45, of Boca Raton, Florida, formerly of Kailua, Hawaii, a Strength and Conditioning Specialist for the U.S. Tennis Association, died in Mercy Hospital, Miami, Florida. He was born in Clovis, New Mexico. He was the son of the late (Air Force) Lt. Col. Albert Nishihara. He is survived by mother, Rose; sisters, Beth Mizuno, Susan Yanagi and brother, Glen Nishihara. Visitation: 2:00 p.m. Services: 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Nu'uanu Congregational Church. Inurnment: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 10) at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Casual Attire.
Published in the Honolulu Star Bulletin on 10/3/2007.
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chanelle said...

Nish was my fitness coach. I has taught me so much. Everyday when I come to the usta hes whistling happy . Everytime I passed by his office his door was filled with quotes that I will always remember. Thank you for everything you taugh me on and off the court. I would sprint a million sprints to bring you back. We love you Mike!!!!

-chanelle

Anonymous said...

I grew up, living next door to the Nishihara family. I was there when Mike's father passed. I grew up with Mike and His brother and sisters. As a kid he was one of the nicest, sweetest guys you would ever want to know. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. It is nice to see however that he remained a decent man. I am glad to see he had many friends, and left good thoughts behind. Aloha Mike. Mike O'Grady