On Sept. 6 it was learned that Kyocera women's corporate team head coach Atsushi Sato, 42 had submitted his resignation from his position and the company on Aug. 31. In an interview with the Fukushima Minyu newspaper Sato commented, "I couldn't produce the results that the company was looking for. The team was improving bit by bit, so it's very unfortunate." His assistant coach and wife Miho Sato has also left the Kyocera organization. The couple's future plans are undecided.
A graduate of Aizu H.S. and Waseda University and the former half marathon national record holder, Atsushi became head coach at Kyocera in April, 2014. Miho, the women's 800 m national record holder, joined at the same time to form a highly anticipated coaching duo with Olympic experience on both sides. Starting with only two members, the pair built a quality roster that included 2019 Doha World Championships 10000 m runner Minami Yamanouchi and the top Japanese finisher at the 2017 Tokyo Marathon, 4th-placer Ayaka Fujimoto.
translated by Brett Larner