Manabe to remain Japan volleyball coach

Kyodo

The Japan Volleyball Association has decided to ask Masayoshi Manabe to stay on as the women’s national team coach, sources said Saturday.

Manabe, 49, steered Japan to its first Olympic medal in 28 years with the bronze at the London Games this summer.

The JVA was set to decide on opening public applications for the men’s and women’s head coach posts after the Olympics but has backtracked on the women’s side. Japan’s men’s team failed to qualify for London.

A member of Japan’s Olympic team at the 1988 Seoul Games, Manabe became manager of the Hisamitsu Springs in 2005 and guided them to the title of Japan’s Premier League in the 2006-07 season.

In 2009, he took over the women’s national team from Shoichi Yanagimoto, who led Japan to consecutive Olympic appearances in 2004 and 2008.

Manabe also guided Japan to third place at the world championships in 2010 and fourth at the World Cup last year.