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#Veltex Shizuoka Announcement of team staff structure decision for Vertex Shizuoka 2024-25 season

[#Veltex Shizuoka] Announcement of team staff structure decision for Vertex Shizuoka 2024-25 season
*Vertex Shizuoka*
Press release: July 8, 2024
Notice of team staff structure decision for Vertex Shizuoka 2024-25 season *We would like to inform you that Vertex Shizuoka has decided on the following team staff structure for the 2024-25 season. *

* General Manager *Continued*
* Takashi ASO *
■Date of birth: February 26, 1976
■Birthplace: Kyoto Prefecture
2008-2019 Kyoto Hannary’s
2023- Vertex Shizuoka

* Aso GM comment *
To all the owner companies, partner companies, various governments, local basketball associations, media companies, partner companies, and all the boosters/fans who support us most passionately in Japan, Vertex Shizuoka will always remain the same. Thank you very much for your warm support.
My name is Aso, and I will continue to serve as GM for the 2024-25 season.

First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Suzuki and other owners, as well as President Matsunaga, for giving us the opportunity to compete together this season.
I would also like to express my gratitude to all the front desk staff who always put TEAM first and work hard. I’m really happy to be able to play in our home arena, which was built with everyone’s hard work and sweat.
We will continue to pay homage to those who have been involved in Vertex Shizuoka and created its culture, and will continue to build a team that lives up to that culture.

Our goal this season is to get promoted to B1.
I’m sure there will be tough times during the season, but I want to overcome them by becoming a TEAM and building a team that can run until the end without giving up. And everyone, let’s work together to create a brave TEAM throughout the season with the aim of being promoted to B1.

I always feel that Vertex’s home games are more powerful than any other venue, and that this arena gives the team strength.

We hope you will dye the venue orange this season as well and give your big support to Vertex!

* Head Coach (HC) *Newly Appointed*
■Alma mater: West Virginia University Graduate School
■Birthplace: Kagawa Prefecture
■Date of birth: June 30, 1989
2015-2016 Toyota Motor Alvark Tokyo
Assistant coach/skills coach
2016-2022 Alvark Tokyo Assistant Coach/Skills Coach
2022-2024 Alvark Tokyo Top Assistant Coach
2024- Vertex Shizuoka Head Coach

* Assistant Coach (AC) *Continued*
■Date of birth: December 15, 1987
■Birthplace: Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture
■Player career:
2009-2010 Sendai 89ERS
2010-2012 Miyazaki Shining Suns
2012-2016 Hamamatsu/Higashi Mikawa Phoenix
2016-2018 Sanen Neo Phoenix
2018-2019 Shizuoka S Academia Basketball Club
2019-2023 Vertex Shizuoka

■Teaching history:
2023- Vertex Shizuoka Assistant Coach

* Assistant Coach and Video Coordinator (AC & VC) *Newly appointed* *SCOTT YOUNG*
■Date of birth: October 29, 1977
■Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
■Alma mater: University of Hawaii at Manoa
2009-11 St. Mary’s International School
Head Coach
2014-17 University of Hawaii at Manoa Women’s Basketball Club         Video Coordinator
2017-18 Punahou School Girls Basketball Club
         Assistant Coach and Video Coordinator
2018-20 Punahou School Honolulu Girls Basketball Club
Head coach and video coordinator
2020-23 Hawaii Pacific University Assistant Coach
2023-24 Sunrockers Shibuya Video Coordinator
2024- Vertex Shizuoka Assistant Coach

*Scott AC Comment*
Nice to meet you all. I’m Scott Young from Honolulu, Hawaii. Starting this season, I will be working as an assistant coach at Vertex Shizuoka.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to President Matsunaga, GM Aso, and HC Mori for giving me the opportunity to work at Vertex Shizuoka.
When I received this offer, I learned that Vertex Shizuoka had a goal of being promoted to B1. Therefore, I strongly wanted to become a member of this team and contribute to achieving our goals.
For the team to be successful, the passionate support of the fans is essential. I believe that by having the match venue painted in the orange Vertex color and hearing everyone’s cheers throughout the match, we will all be united and have the energy to fight for Shizuoka.
I look forward to meeting you all. Thank you for your support.

* Assistant coach and skill development coach (AC & SDC) *Newly appointed* * ATSUTO KIKUCHI *
■Date of birth: December 31, 1999
■Birthplace: Kodaira City, Tokyo
■Alma mater: Meisei University
2021-23 Shiga Lakes Skill Coach
2023-24 Cairns Taipans Assistant Coach and Skills Coach
2024 Cairns Marlins Assistant Coach
2024 Vertex Shizuoka Assistant Coach

* Kikuchi AC comment *
Nice to meet everyone.
My name is Atsutomo Kikuchi and I will be serving as an assistant coach and skill development coach. I would like to thank
Representative Matsunaga, GM Aso, and HC Mori for giving me such a valuable opportunity.
The coaching staff has changed, and this is my first year on the team, but I will communicate a lot and work to keep everyone on the team moving in the same direction as we work toward promotion to B1. On a personal note, I am very happy to be able to work in the B League with HC Mori, who has been teaching me basketball since I was an elementary school student and a player.
We will support HC Mori in building a team based on hard work, solid defense, and strong rebounding.
Everyone involved in Vertex Shizuoka,
Thank you for your continued support this season.

* Team Doctor (DR) *Continued*
■Date of birth: May 16, 1983
■Birthplace: Yamanashi Prefecture
■Affiliation: Medical Corporation R&O Rehabilitation Hospital Group ■Player career:
2019-2020 Vertex Shizuoka player and team doctor
2019- Vertex Shizuoka Team Doctor

* Kawai DR comment *
As with every season, I would like to approach the new season with gratitude and pride, without forgetting the thoughts of the players, staff, and people involved over the past five seasons.
We will continue to value connections.
We look forward to your continued support for the 6th season!

*Strength & Conditioning Coach (S&C) *Newly Appointed*
*Kunihiko Kubota*
■Date of birth: July 17, 1967
■Birthplace: Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture
■Alma mater: Shizuoka University → University of Tsukuba Graduate School ■Career
2008-2013 Rising Fukuoka Conditioning Coach
2012-2016 Japan Women’s Basketball National Team
strength and conditioning coach
2014-2016 Yamagata Wyverns
Strength & Conditioning Coach
2016-2017 Rising Zephyr Fukuoka Strength Coach
2017-2018 Yokohama Bee Corsairs Strength Coach
2018-2020 Kumamoto Volters Strength Coach
2020-2024 Hitachi High-Tech Cougars Strength Coach
2024- Bestex Shizuoka
strength and conditioning coach

* Kubota S&C comment *
My name is Kunihiko Kubota and I will be serving as the strength and conditioning coach at Vertex Shizuoka this season. Thank you all for your support.

Actually, I was born in Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture, and lived in Shizuoka until college, but I am really happy to be returning to my hometown for the first time in about 35 years.
I would also like to express my gratitude to Representative Matsunaga and GM Aso for giving me this opportunity.

It has been a long time since I left Shizuoka, but I have always been curious about my hometown.
When a basketball team was formed in Shizuoka, I was thrilled. I always keep an eye on Vertex’s trends, and as a Shizuoka citizen, I felt excited when I saw the venue dyed in orange.

My main job on the team is to work with the doctors and other staff to ensure that the players are able to perform at their best during the match.
We would like to do our best to support the players so that they can show us how they are running around desperately so that they can respond to everyone’s support at the match venue.

We would like to work with everyone to enliven the city of Shizuoka, so we appreciate your continued support.

* Head trainer (HTR) *Continued*
■Date of birth: January 12, 1983
■Birthplace: Yamagata Prefecture
2018-2021 Aomori Watts
2021-2022 Fighting Eagles Nagoya
2022-2023 Kumamoto Volters
2023- Vertex Shizuoka

*Abe HTR comment*
Thank you for your continued support of Vertex Shizuoka.
I will be serving as the head trainer this season as well.
We will support the players so that they can realize the hard work, solid defense, and strong rebounding that HC Mori advocates as a team. We will continue the good culture and initiatives that Shizuoka has accumulated so far, and from there we will take on new challenges to move forward.
Thank you for your continued support this season.

* Trainer (TR) *Continued*
■Date of birth: September 25, 1991
■Birthplace: Fukushima Prefecture
2017-2019 Sanen Neo Phoenix
2019-2023 Prestige International Aranmare Akita
2023- Vertex Shizuoka

*TR Uchida comment*
We are very happy to be starting our second season in Shizuoka. At the same time, I would like to express my respect to the players and staff who have fought alongside me in Shizuoka.
Last season was a special season as we qualified for the playoffs in our first year of promotion to B2. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the boosters, sponsors, and everyone involved with the team.
As we enter the new season, I will work hard to achieve my goal of promotion to B1 with a new mindset.
We look forward to your continued support in the 2024-25 season.

* Manager and Interpreter (MGR & TS) *Continued*

■Date of birth: November 21, 1984
■Birthplace: Shizuoka Prefecture
2010-2014 TGI・D Rise
2014-2017 Hiroshima Dragonflies
2017-2018 Yokohama B Corsairs
2018-2022 Nishinomiya Stokes
2022-2023 Sanen Neo Phoenix
2023- Vertex Shizuoka

*Comments from MGR & TS Ikeno*
I am happy to be able to be a member of Vertex Shizuoka again this season. The season in which people underestimated us because it was our first year to be promoted to B2 is over, and a new year of challenges begins.
We will do our best to bring smiles to everyone involved with Vertex Shizuoka. Let’s fight together in good times and bad times!

* Assistant Manager (AMGR) *Newly appointed*
■Date of birth: May 10, 2002
■Birthplace: Gifu Prefecture
■Alma mater: Tokyo Sports and Recreation College
2021-2023 Kagawa Five Arrows Internship
2023-2024 Try Hoop Okayama Manager

* Itoigawa AMGR comment *
Hello everyone in Shizuoka!
This is Yo Itoigawa, who transferred from Tri-Hoop Okayama.
After meeting with GM Aso and MG Ikeno, I felt their passion and love for the team, and decided to join Shizuoka.
Thank you for giving me this opportunity.
We will do our best to achieve the team’s goal of being promoted to B1. Thank you!
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