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Imabari Shipbuilding Names Murakoshi Head Coach

On Mar. 28, Imabari Shipbuilding announced a restructuring of its women's track and field team based in the city of Marugame. Head coach Tsuyoshi Takita, 54, will retire at the end of March. Former Shikoku Denryoku head coach Shinobu Murakoshi, 60, will take over his position.

A native of Imabari, Ehime, Murakoshi took over as head coach of Shikoku Denryoku in 1992 after a stint coaching at Best Denki. At Shikoku Denryoku he helped develop 2004 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon winner Hiroaki Takeda and women's marathoner Yuko Manabe. With experience coaching men and women, from 2004 to 2008 he specialized women's running.

Of his appointment Murakoshi commented, "From here in Marugame I want to develop athletes who can represent not just Kagawa or Shikoku but indeed all of Japan."

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http://www.shikoku-np.co.jp/sports/local/20180329000170
translated by Brett Larner

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