In 2004, immediately after the Japanese men’s team failed to qualify for the Olympics in Athens, the Japan Volleyball Association appointed Tatsuya Ueta, then coach of Japan’s junior men’s national team, as head coach of the senior national team. Since then, Ueta, who is considered a hardworking and progressive coach, has not only been coaching his squad very hard, but also collecting and studying lots of information from abroad. Consequently, he has built up his present Volleyball philosophy and the success of the national team so far has been entirely due to his efforts.
Tatsuya Ueta was born in Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands. He started playing Volleyball at the age of 12 and developed into an astute middle blocker. He played Volleyball for high school and university teams and gained a reputation as a good player even in his school days. He joined Nippon Steel Blazers in 1987 and played for the national team from 1989 to 1993.
Ueta was assistant coach of Nippon Steel Blazers from 1995 to 1998, and head coach of Nippon Steel’s successor, Sakai Blazers, from 1999 to March 2001 before joining the Japan Volleyball Association as coach for the junior men’s national team.
His goal is to compete in the Olympics in Beijing and this aspiration is the motivation for his squad. In order to achieve this goal, Ueta regards 2007 as a vital year. He is planning to improve his squad step by step and the forthcoming World League will be the first step of the year – the last step will be, needless to say, qualification for the Olympics in the World Cup in November.
Through the World League 2007, he will discover any weaknesses in the team and correct them. He believes that Japan will have no chance to go to Beijing without achieving accuracy in service reception and lightening speed in offence.
Ueta has confidence in his squad and is looking forward to competing in the World League 2007.