Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Shizuku Minami: A Woman With Big Shoes to Fill


Shizuku Minami: A Woman With Big Shoes to Fill

By Kotone Noda
The Daily Magi
July 25, 2064

44-year old Shizuku Minami, a mother of twin boys and twin girls and a former member of the Mitakihara Puella Magi women's water polo team for four years, was named the new athletic director for Mitakihara University Athletics on June 1, 2064, taking over for the retiring Nagisa Momoe. Minami is a four-time letterwinner for the women's water polo team and is fifth all time in goals scored with 153 as a 2-meter.

Minami graduated from Mitakihara in 2044 with a degree in business administration and a minor in kinesiology. She was at the top of the Dean's List academically in 2044 and earned a Rhodes Scholarship, where she earned a Ph.D from the University of Tokyo.

After working in a number of businesses as a secretary and even diving into paralegal work, she received a phone call in Dec. 2063 from Ms. Momoe about the position. Minami was offered the position of athletic director and accepted, making her the fifth athletic director in the history of the university.

With her no-nonsense approach and realistic tendencies towards the way the world works, Shizuku Minami is committed towards improving the caliber of play and academic standards amongst all of Mitakihara University's athletics teams.

"I didn't expect the phone call from Nagisa at 5 in the morning, when I'm still half asleep," said Minami from her office at the Urobuchi Fieldhouse. "But we talked for an hour, she interviewed me, and I ended up with the position. Having had years of experience working a professional environment, I know that it's not going to be easy.

"It's never gonna be easy taking over for someone like Nagisa Momoe because she had done a fine job overseeing the football, basketball, volleyball and ice hockey teams here at Madoka. Their grades improved dramatically ever since she took over. Now I have the burden of having to make sure the standards among all the teams here are met.

"Everybody has to be in compliance with NCAA rules. Everybody needs to recruit in accordance with the bylaws set by the NCAA. I have to go to lots of meetings in the States, and I end up racking up a lot of frequent flyer miles. You are in constant communication with really successful people who want to see you fail, not succeed, and I know this, because I've been there.

"But I bring quiet confidence and a strong work ethic to my alma mater. It's an honor to be a part of the Mitakihara Family again, this time as an employee. I will do my best to make Mitakihara University proud and it is my hope that our teams fly our colours with pride, because Rose, Pink and White are the colours of champions."

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