Sato appointed Japan
coach in bid to bring back
the glory days
Gary Sato has been given the task of taking the Japan men’s team
back to the top of world volleyball after he was appointed as their
new head coach. The 58-year-old was previously the assistant coach
of the USA men’s team from 1984 to 1988, a brief period in 1992
and then from 2009 until 2012. In being appointed he becomes the
first non-Japan born coach of either the men’s or women’s national
teams, but he does have ties with the country as he is a fourth-
generation US citizen of Japanese descent. “It’s a great honour,” Sato
said. “I have tremendous respect for Japanese culture and Japanese
Gary Sato has been given the task of improving the fortunes of Japan’s men’s team.