translated and edited by Brett Larner
On May 31 an official with the Chugoku Jitsugyodan Track and Field Association announced that Manabu Kawagoe, 48, head coach of the Second Wind AC club team, has taken over as head coach of the Hiroshima-based Edion corporate women's team. Kawagoe, who previously coached at Team Shiseido before leaving with four of the team's elite women to found Second Wind, is not leaving Second Wind but will be the head coach of both teams. Kawagoe is an accomplished women's marathon coach, having trained both members of the last fall's Asia Games women's marathon team, Yuri Kano and Kiyoko Shimahara, both of Second Wind.
In addition to Kawagoe, Edion, which changed its name this season from Deodeo, has tapped Tetsuhiko Kin, 47, a former teammate of Kawagoe's at Waseda University and now a popular race broadcast announcer, to be the team's general manager.