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Trick Takayama named Leafa Offensive Coordinator

Trick Takayama named Leafa Offensive Coordinator

By Carol Craftman
The Spirit News
January 27, 2076


Former Mitakihara Magi quarterback Haruki Takayama has been named offensive coordinator for Dan Harding's Leafa College Spirit after D.A. McGraw left Australia for a position in the United States. Former Leafa College graduate assistant Lachlan Akai takes over as quarterbacks coach, while linebacker Dane Nanase will be the next graduate assistant for the program.

"It's been a long journey for me," said Coach Trick, as he is known on campus, "but I finally become the offensive coordinator for the best college gridiron team in the world. I plan to keep the formula for success alive with my players and I hope to do a really good job with this team. It's going to be tough work, but I love challenges and this is the biggest of all."

"I wanted to get into coaching if my career as a player didn't translate to being called up for the draft," said Coach Akai during the presser. "Now I become a position coach for the Spirit and I am excited at the opportunity to coach the new up-and-comers at my position. I also get to help develop the progression of guys like Shae [Katou-Aki] and Kaz [Kasumigaoka], so it will be an honor to mold these signal-callers into superstars of character."

"What can I say, I didn't think I was going to be given this opportunity to continue my education here," said Nanase. "But thanks to the Sports Management programme here, I don't think I'll ever want to leave. This is a great place to play, learn, grow, and improve yourself as a person, so I am thrilled to be a part of this team as a coach."

The schedule for the 2076 Leafa College Gridiron season is being finalised and will be released this winter.