Sato fired as men’s volleyball coach

Kyodo

Gary Sato, the Japan men’s volleyball coach, will be replaced after a year on the job, the Japan Volleyball Association announced Wednesday.

The JVA is scheduled to announce a successor to the American at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday. Sato, the first foreign coach of a Japanese national volleyball team, was hired in February 2013. However, Japan lost all five of its FIVB World Grand Champions Cup matches last year, and finished last in the event for the first time.

Japan also failed to qualify for the men’s world championships.