Naoki Morokuma (Japan)
In 2012, after the Japanese men’s team failed to qualify for the Olympic Games in London, Japan Volleyball Association appointed Naoki Morokuma, then coach of Japan’s senior men’s team, as interim head coach for the World League 2013 Qualifications. Since then, Morokuma has worked on assembling the best team for the future, including the qualifications.
Morokuma was born in Saga and he started playing volleyball there. He developed into an astute wing spiker. He played volleyball for high school and university teams and gained a reputation as a good player even in his school days. He joined Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza and also played for the national team.
After his retirement, he earned a lot of experience as a coach of Japan senior men’s team over four years. To win the ticket for World League 2013, Morokuma continues to work on selection and training to improve his squad. In order to qualify for World League 2013 and create a “volleyball movement” in Japan, he and his players are looking for a great achievement in the qualification matches.