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Mitakihara's Takakamo stepping down after 2027 season

Mitakihara's Takakamo stepping down after 2027 season

September 13, 2027

Weekly Report Posted: November 15, 2012 12:17

In the end, Shizuno Takakamo's passion for mahjong won out over her love for football. The Mitakihara Magi special teams coach will be retiring from her role at the end of the 2027 college football season. Akane Isshiki, the graduate assistant for the sprint football team, will take over as special teams coach soon after.

"It's been a great, long ride being a part of the Magi football team, but pressure by my wife Ako told me that I need to return to being a mahjong coach," an emotional Takakamo said at a press conference at Hakurei Centre.

"I think it was difficult timing for me to announce my retirement from coaching this early in the season, but I felt that I had done all I could as a member of the Magi football team.

"I don't have any regrets about my decision. I felt that my time here as a member of the Magi is something that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

"I believe that when I return to the mahjong, I will return knowing that I left my legacy in building the strongest special teams in all of college football."

"It's going to be tough to see Shizuno-sensei go like that, but I think it's all for the best," said Isshiki during sprint football practice. "I am not going to worry about taking over for her at this point. I want to finish the inaugural season for the sprinters and then I will turn my attention to the football team.

"When I do, I plan to follow the team as a secondary graduate assistant to Coach Tatsuya, while learning how to conduct things as an assistant coach.

"This is a great opportunity but I will take things one day at a time."

The Magi travel this week to Fresno for the Rose Arrow Trophy game against the Fresno State Bulldogs.

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