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Austin Powers named new Magi running backs coach

Austin Powers named new Magi running backs coach

December 8, 2026

Weekly Report Posted: November 13, 2012 09:45

The first great tailback to play for the Mitakihara Magi is coming back home. Austin Powers, a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New Orleans Saints, was named the next running backs coach of the Mitakihara Magi football team in a press conference held today at Hakurei Centre.

Powers claims dual citizenship and is married to Japanese-Canadian mahjong ace Kirame Hanada. The couple have two daughters, Rise and Anri, both age 10, and a 9-year old son, Austin Jr.

"We would like to welcome Austin back to the Madokampus," said head coach Tatsuya Kaname.

"Austin is a player that I have had the honor of coaching, and he not only is a player that knows the position he will coach, but is a proven leader.

"Austin knows how to motivate his players to do the work and give more than 100 percent on the field. With Austin as an assistant coach, our tailbacks will be aware that mediocrity will not be tolerated, and a desire for self-improvement, discipline and character will be encouraged and instilled.

"We are thrilled to have our Man of Mystery as a member of our coaching staff."

"Well, it's great to be back in replacing Coach [John] Kyon {Smith]," said Powers at the press conference. "I know what I am getting myself involved in, and I am excited.

"I know what my role is on this team and I know the dynamics of this team inside and out. Even after I graduated years ago from M-Town, I still felt attached to this university and I always followed the efforts in defending their name and recognitions.

"I am confident that I will motivate our halfbacks and fullbacks to not only carry the ball for big plays but to also set up big plays on the ground and the air. The running back positions are important parts of our option attack, and it is my job to instill the fundamentals of these positions to the players that will be called on to deliver every autumn.

"Once again, I am excited for this opportunity to be the next running backs coach of the Magi, and I look forward to continuing the winning tradition at my alma mater."

Powers will not officially take over as coach until the end of the 2026 college football season but he has been invited to view the 2027 BCS National Championship Game as a VIP.

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