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Shoichi Yanagimoto

 

 
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Shoichi Yanagimoto, born in Osaka in 1951, was a promising setter even in high school and won two national high school titles. Yanagimoto was selected for Japanís national squad and achieved remarkable success Ė 1st at the Asian Games in Iran in 1974, 3rd at the World Championship in Mexico in 1974 and 4th in the Olympics in Montreal in 1976.

Furthermore, for four seasons from 1980 to1984 Yanagimoto played two roles at New Nippon Steel as the head coach and as a key setter collecting the prize of Best Coach in 1982.

In 1985, Yanagimoto coached the Thai menís before he was asked to be involved with Nisshin Steel as coach of the womenís team in the V.League in 1997. However, in 2002, due to the long-lasting economic depression their company owner decided to close its Volleyball team, despite being one of the top teams.

In spring in 2003, Yanagimoto was appointed as the head coach of the Japanese senior womenís national squad by the JVA and his ultimate goal is to be ranked No.1
in the world.