The new head coach of the V-League men’s team OK Financial Group, Masashi Ogino, has revealed his ambition to challenge Korean volleyball.

“OK Financial Group is a really good team,” Ogino said at his inaugural press conference at the Korea Volleyball Federation press office in Sangam-dong, Seoul, on the 7th. I thought the same thing when I saw them in Japan,” Ogino said, adding, “I will make a better team by pouring my experience as a player and a coach into OK Financial Group’s slight deficiencies.”토토사이트

On the 29th of last month, OK Financial Group appointed Ogino, a former Japanese international, as the club’s third head coach. During his playing career, Ogino played as a defensive outside hitter for the Sunbirds in the Japanese League, winning seven league titles, seven receiving awards, and two Best 6 selections.

He also represented his country at the 1992 Barcelona and 2008 Beijing Olympics and won three World Championships. After retirement, he worked as a head coach at Suntory from 2010-2012 and 2017-2019.

“When I was with the Japanese national team, there were many close games against the Korean national team. Even though I was a Japanese player, I had a lot of respect for the Korean team and the mindset of the Korean players at the time,” he recalls.

As the first foreign coach in the history of OK Financial Group and the third in the history of the V-League Men’s Division, Ogino is determined to lead the team to the postseason.

“I emphasise communication in training. “OK Financial Group has players with great potential for growth, and I want to be a coach who can advise them to prepare well for the game,” he said, explaining that the players are the main characters and that it is the role of the coach to advise them when they have difficulties.

“You have to aim high. I want to win the championship, but I’m going to build it up one by one,” he said, adding, “Right now, we’re thinking about making the playoffs. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to win. We missed the postseason by a small margin last season, so we have that feeling in the squad. We’re going in as a challenger.”

As for her volleyball philosophy, she emphasised ‘one team’. “Volleyball is a sport that you can’t do it alone, you need each other’s help and sometimes you need to sacrifice,” she said, “so my philosophy is to be grateful in training and games. Team Culla is thinking a lot about strengthening our defence, and we want to create a team colour that never gives up.”

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