Mikiyasu Tanaka


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The 49-year-old Mikiyasu Tanaka was appointed to the senior coaching position for Japan's national team in 2001. His team's priority is to qualify for Athens 2004 after Japan failed to take part in the last two Olympic tournaments. Two years ago, Tanaka's ambitious squad managed only one win in the World League but finished ninth at the World Championships in Argentina, while last season a ninth place World Cup finish and joint 13th in the World League hardly did wonders for morale.

A former player of some pedigree, Tanaka was a powerful force in the Japanese national team from 1973 to 1986, and is still spoken about with awe by the sport's aficionados. He was a member of the team that finished fourth at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, second at the 1977 World Cup and fourth at the 1982 World Championship in Argentina. He also made a major contribution to the successes of his Nippon Steel Club, first as a player, later (1985 - 1990) as player-manager before finally becoming General Manager of the club. In 1992, he was sent abroad by the Japan Olympic Committee to study Volleyball in the United States and Italy. He coached his country's junior team in 2000.

Percentage of Wins

Japan Total Matches Matches Won Matches Lost Wins %
24 4 20 16.67