translated by Brett Larner
Hosei University announced on May 15 that ekiden assistant coach Tomoo Tsubota, 35, has been promoted to the team's head coach position. Previous head coach Michihiko Narita, 56, moved to the assistant director's office in April.
Tsubota joined the Konica Minolta team in 2000 after graduating from Hosei, running the 10000 m at the 2003 World Championships. Since 2010 he has been acting as assistant coach at Hosei on special assignment from the Konica Minolta corporation.