Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Karuta Kanda leaves for BYU, Chance Shingawa takes over

Karuta Kanda leaves for BYU, Chance Shingawa takes over

By Kobeni Yonomori
The Daily Magi
January 13, 2065

Mitakihara Magi football defensive coordinator Karuta Kanda was the next coordinator to leave Mitakihara for greener pastures. Today, he was named head coach of the Brigham Young Cougars, taking over for Saori Takebe, who retires a beaten old lady after a long career at the helm of BYU. As a result, linebackers coach Chance Shinagawa has taken over as the defensive coordinator at Madoka, while former All-Pro linebacker Jeff Nakazawa is taking over as linebackers coach.

"What a day to start my new career as part of the Madoka coaching staff, back to where it all started," said Nakazawa. "My grandmothers and grandaunts must be feeling real proud that their grandson is now a assistant football coach for his old university. I plan to integrate a rock 'em, sock 'em vitality to our linebackers, who I consider as the core of our defense.

"At Mitakihara, you will see some ferocious run stopping, some solid pass rushing, and a balanced mentality and effective leadership overall. Those were the skills I learned as a football player, and now I get to pass it on to the next crop. It's an opportunity I want to take advantage of."

"It will be difficult to replace Coach Kanada because he was an effective defensive coordinator," said Coach Shinagawa. "However, I get promoted and now I have a chance to really put my skills to work. My goal is to improve our pass defense, which has been our most significant weakness. If we can reduce the number of passing yards we give up and not sink to the cellar in terms of total defense, we'll get somewhere. Otherwise, we are good at forcing takeaways and we will keep building on that."

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