Monday, June 2, 2014

After 60 Seasons As The Boss...Now What?

After 60 Seasons As The Boss...Now What?

By Enju Aihara
The Daily Magi
January 16, 2071

Mitakihara Magi head football coach Tatsuya Kaname is now 75 years old, and has earned every right to be retrospective on a life full of fulfillment, a life full of winning, a life full of championships. But now that he has won his 57th national championship while completing 60 seasons as the head coach of the Magi, is it really time to call it quits and let someone else take the reins? I interviewed Coach Kaname while he was feasting on his homemade saimin at his home in Mitakihara, which seems to be a bit of a retirement home for him and his five wives.

E.A.: Do you ever get tired of this? I mean, we're talking 60 seasons, six full decades! That's a lot of years coaching the game.

T.K.: Every year is different. You get a little older, a little wiser, a little bit more reflective of what you do, why you do it, etc. No two seasons are the same, and I know this by being a part of this program.

E.A.: What year sticks out as the best year in your view?

T.K.: The first season is always something that comes to mind when I think about the best years we had, which are plentiful. I always thought that we had something special at Mitakihara in our first year, and no one took us seriously. I think we surprised a lot of people.

E.A.: People tell you that you are running it up the score just to give the sport a bad name. What do you say to that?

T.K.: Teams run it up on other teams all the time. I don't think the critics realize that this is common. We just happen to do it more often than others and it's a result of our skill and ability. It's up to opponents to figure us out and do something about it.

E.A.: Which player stands out, from all the people you've coached, as your favorite player?

T.K.: My son Akiyuki, who went on to become one of the finest quarterbacks at this university. I don't know if he's still coaching at Texas, but he went one to be a really great coach.

E.A.: Time and time again, you've touted your version of the option attack as "one for the athletes." Why is that?

T.K.: The Puella Magi Option is not your average service academy option attack, or your traditional option attack. It's a spread-flex system that is run by the finest of athletes that have the skills needed to play at the next level. This offense requires receivers who can catch and block, a strong, punishing offensive line, a versatile halfback, a fullback that can catch balls and carry the football, and a dual-threat quarterback to die for. That's pretty much the ingredients needed to run this system.

E.A.: Your former players have gone on to bigger and better things in the NFL and in life. Do you get in touch with all of them?

T.K.: Some players have passed away, but most are still here and I do get in touch with them. They've become great fathers, great family men, great contributors to their society and community. When my players do the type of things to make themselves feel proud, I feel really great. So I do talk with my former players about how things are and offer occasional advice regarding their direction in life.

E.A.: If you weren't a football coach, what profession would you go into?

T.K.: I'd be an artist, or maybe a news journalist covering the wars going on around the world.

E.A.: Finally, I wanted to ask you many more years do you think you have left?

T.K.: I'd say...about two. After two seasons, then I can call it quits.

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