Kiyoshi Abo, 44, is a specialist in defence. He graduated from Meiji University and furthered his studies at the University of Tsukuba Graduate Schools and Programmes. He coached Ito Yokado Prior and Takefuji Bamboo women’s club team from 2000 to 2009, and then became assistant coach of the Japan women’s senior national team from 2009 to 2013. He helped coach Masayoshi Manabe in winning bronze at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in 2010 and the London 2012 Olympic games. In the 2013/2014 season, he was an assistant coach of the Hisamitsu Springs in the women’s first division national league. He is currently the head coach of both the U20 and U20 women’s national squads.