translated and edited by Brett Larner
Senshu University announced on Dec. 5 that assistant coach and Senshu alum Atsushi Hasegawa, 32, has been promoted to head coach, replacing resigning head coach Kunimitsu Ito, 61. Ito is a two-time Asian Games gold medalist on the track and ran 2:07:57 at the 1986 Beijing International Marathon. He was head coach at the Kanebo corporate team prior to taking his position at Senshu. Under Ito's leadership Senshu made the Hakone Ekiden only once, in 2014.