Message from Head Coach

"Our quest to get back to the top"

No matter how many national titles we win, our craving for victory will never be satisfied.

We know we can reach a higher level. With that as our guiding principle, I am building this team along with the players.

To all players --
who want to aim for a national championship with us,
who want to help football become a major sport in Japan,
who want to be a part of a global club team that goes beyond the boundaries of Japan,
we warmly and sincerely await hearing from you.

Naoki Kosho

Obic Seagulls Head Coach

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Naoki Kosho

Born in 1978 in Osaka Prefecture, Coach Kosho was a running back in high school, then switched to defensive back at Ritsumeikan University. He helped lead the Panthers to the national collegiate championship his junior year (1998). Upon graduating, he played one year with a Kansai region (west Japan) team.

In 2001, he made the move east and joined the Seagulls, switching to linebacker in 2004. He was the longest-serving captain in team history, holding that position for eight years from 2007 to 2014. During that span, he helped the team win an unprecedented four straight Japan national titles (2010-2013). Blessed with great speed among Japanese linebackers, he established himself as one of the greatest in league history by being selected to the All X-League team a total of nine times (2004-2010, 2012-2013).

He was also a longtime member of the Japan national team, from the Japan-USA Bowl game in 2005 to the 4th IFAF World Championship of American Football in 2011. He served as team captain for the 2011 World Championship in Austria. He also played one season in 2003 in the Arena Football League 2 with the Albany Conquest.

From 2010, while serving as captain of the Seagulls, he also took on the duties of linebacker and defensive backs coach. In 2015, he stepped down as captain, and became the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

This year, he retired as a player and was named the head coach of the Seagulls.

In addition to his vast knowledge of football, Coach Kosho holds national certification in acupuncturist, and has a career in the field of healing.

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