Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kousaka steps down from coaching Puella Magi women's water polo

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Kousaka steps down from coaching Puella Magi women's water polo

By Tori Sheng
The Daily Magi
February 10, 2048

After 27 seasons, a 700-56 record and 15 NCAA Division I national championships, Honoka Kousaka is stepping down from coaching the Mitakihara Puella Magi women's water polo team, citing personal/family issues. Kousaka, a one-time idol in high school, is a member of the Mitakihara Class of 2017 and began coaching at Madoka in 2021, going on a successful 27-season run.

Kousaka's daughter, Erika Kousaka-Lee, is a four-time letter winner and an assistant coach under her mother for the past four seasons. Kousaka-Lee will succeed Kousaka as head coach effective immediately.

"It's been a long, successful run," said a teary-eyed Kousaka at her final press conference, surrounded by Kousaka-Lee and Kousaka's husband, John Kim-In Lee. "I've had close games, blowouts, drama on the pool, and a lot of fun developing our women that love to play the game of water polo.

"But there comes a point where I have to step aside and let new talent take over the coaching. I have prepped my daughter Erika for this position and have allowed her to immerse herself in running this team. She knows the dynamics and the responsibilities that come with coaching this team, and she is ready to lead.

"Every now and then, I will advice Erika, but I trust that she knows what she wants out of the players and I will be more than happy to watch the games as a fan rather than a coach.

"It's been a blessing for me to have coached the Puella Magi women's water polo team. Everything I did for the past three decades, I did to make this program one of the finest programs in Canada and around the world."

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