Ex-Nadeshiko Japan coach to begin new ‘challenge’ as Jumonji University VP


Former Nadeshiko Japan head coach Norio Sasaki will become the vice president of Jumonji University in Saitama Prefecture, it was learned Friday.

Sasaki, 57, previously gave special lectures at the women’s school and made a congratulatory address at an enrollment ceremony early this month. He will hold a news conference next Thursday.

“As an instructor, I’ve had interests in various fields apart from soccer. It will be a challenge for me,” Sasaki said.

Sasaki stepped down as the head coach of Japan’s women’s national team after last year’s World Cup runner-up failed to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics through the final Asian qualifying round last month.

Sasaki became the head coach of Nadeshiko Japan in December 2007 and led the team to its first World Cup title in 2011, and that year became the first coach of an Asian women’s team to win the FIFA World Women’s Coach of the Year.

He guided his side to the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

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