Norimasa Hirai

Storied Coach Norimasa Hirai Suspended Six Months By Japanese Swimming Federation

Today multi-Olympic coach Norimasa Hirai has been handed a six-month suspension by the Japanese Swimming Federation (JASF).


More Japanese Disarray As Nori Hirai Bows Out As Asian Games Coach

More news out of Japan as head coach Norimasa Hirai will no longer be at the helm of the squad at this year’s Asian Games which begin next month.


2022 Swammy Awards: Asian Coach Of The Year – Jeon Dong-Hyun (KOR)

For the first time in the history of our annual Swammy Awards, a leader from Korea has been named the Asian Coach of the Year.

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Double Olympic Gold Medalist Yui Ohashi Now Trains With Ryosuke Irie

Double Olympic gold medalist Yui Ohashi of Japan has decided to change up her training environment after her Tokyo 2020 success.


2021 Swammy Awards: Asian Coach of the Year, Norimasa Hirai

The Japanese National Team Head Coach, who heads up the training group at Toyo University, led Yui Ohashi to double gold at the Tokyo Games.


SwimSwam’s Official 2021 Swammy Awards Index

In a year where competition returned in full force, see who gets honored with our 2021 Swammy Awards.


Japan Swimming Federation Chairman Norimasa Hirai Announces Retirement

With just a few months left until the Olympic Games begin, Japan Swimming Federation chairman Norimasa Hirai has announced his retirement from the position.

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2020 Swammy Awards: Norimasa Hirai Snags Asian Coach Of The Year

We reveal the 2020 Swammy Award winner for Asian Coach of the Year, with a familiar name topping the list of worthy candidates.

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SwimSwam’s Official 2020 Swammy Awards Index

2020 was a really hard year for swimmers, and everyone else. See who made the best of it and are honored with our 2020 Swammy Awards.


ISL Teams Name 33 to Coaching Staffs for 2020 Season in Budapest

Matteo Giunta returns as the head coach of Aqua Centurions for the 2nd season of the ISL, set to get underway on October 16th in Budapest, Hungary. (Abo


SwimSwam’s Official 2019 Swammy Awards Index

Keep track of all of our Swammy Award winners here, with links out to full Swammy Award stories and honorable mentions for all categories.

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2019 Swammy Awards: Asia Coach of the Year Norimasa Hirai

It just might be the longest Swammy streak currently in existence. Norimasa Hirai has won Asia’s Coach of the Year award for four years running now.

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Kosuke Hagino Misses Out On Japanese National Team For 2019/2020 Season

The Japanese Swimming Federation has revealed its National Team roster for the 2019/2020 season, with two major names missing from the list.

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Kosuke Hagino Re-Commits: “With A Strong Heart, I Come Back To The Game”

At the office of the Japanese Swimming Federation President and in the presence of Kosuke Kitajima, Hagino pledges his re-commitment to competitive swimming with Tokyo 2020 in his sights.


Black Cloud Lingers Over Next Week’s Japan Swimming C’ships

This year’s Japan Swimming Championships, the meet which serves as the nation’s primary qualifying competition for the 2019 World Championships, will have a black cloud raining overhead when racing begins on Tuesday, April 2nd.

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