After leading the Shinshu Brave Warriors to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, head coach Ryuji Kawai will return to the sideline for the bj-league’s 2014-15 season, the Eastern Conference club announced on Thursday.

Kawai guided the Nagano Prefecture-based Warriors to a 33-19 regular-season record, including 20-6 at home, in his first campaign with the team.

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