|Alma Mater:||University of Tsukuba (1983)|
Morinao Imaizumi enters his fourth season at Florida State, returning from Japan in 2015 after being a volunteer assistant in 2011 and an assistant coach in 2012. Imaizumi will help with player development and will have a large role in planning the offensive attack.
In 2015, the Seminoles reached the College Cup for the fifth consecutive season and won their third straight ACC Championship. Florida State led the nation with 69 assists and finished in the top five of four other statistical categories – goals, points, assists per game and points per game. Freshman Megan Connolly led the team with 28 points on her way to becoming FSU’s first freshman to be named an NSCAA First Team All-American and the ACC Freshman and Midfielder of the Year. Overall, the Noles posted an 18-3-4 record and finished the year with a 24-game home unbeaten streak. For his work with the team, Imaizumi was named the NSCAA Southeast Region Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
Imaizumi moved back to Japan following the 2012 season, continuing to grow the game with the youth. In 2013, he worked with the Japan Football Association as the Chief Coach of the girls division. In 2014, he became the assistant director of coaching education at the JFA and also was a head coach of a team with the JFA Academy in Fukushima. The U-15 team at the Academy finished as runner-up in both the 2014 and 2015 All-Japan Tournament. There were also some graduates of the Academy selected to play in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup for Japan.
In his second year at Florida State in 2012, the Seminoles reached the College Cup for the second-straight season and the sixth time overall. FSU opened the season with a school-record 14 consecutive victories and ended the year with 20 wins – tying the program-best mark from 2005. The Noles earned their second ACC regular season championship and placed a league-best eight players on the 2012 All-ACC teams. Senior defender Ines Juarena was named a NSCAA First Team All-American and a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist. Forward Tiffany McCarty led the team with 17 goals and 39 points in 2012, ending her career with 63 goals and 150 points – FSU records in both categories.
As a volunteer assistant in 2011, Imaizumi helped the Seminoles secure an 18-win season, their first ACC Championship and a berth in the College Cup. He was able to apply his unique teaching style from his experience as a head coach with the Japan Football Association (JFA) and implement it into the day-to-day workings of the Seminole offense. The new style was a success as Florida State finished the year ranked in the top four in the ACC in points per game (3rd - 6.58), goals per game (3rd - 2.12) and assists per game (4th - 2.35). The offensive production in 2011 of 172 points on 55 goals and 62 assists was an immediate upgrade from the previous season which the team tallied 130 points on 45 goals and 40 assists. Three players including first team All-American Tiffany McCarty, turned out season career-highs in total points and goals.
Imaizumi began his coaching career in Japan where he served as head coach of the Funabashi Futawa High School football club for six years from 1983 to 1988. His next two coaching stints would keep him in the high school circuit as he landed the head job at Yachiyo High School (1988-2000) and then at Makuhari Sogo High School (2000-2003). He led Yachiyo to the inter-high school championship in 1999 and to the final 16 in 1994. His 1997 squad reached the final eight of the All Japan High School Soccer Tournament. Imaizumi brought his winning ways to Makuhari Sogo High School leading the football club to the inter-high school championship in 2002.
Imaizumi took his coaching skills to the national level in 2002 where he served as head coach of the Japanese Women’s Universiade National Team for two years. He led the Japanese to a runner-up finish at the 2003 Universiade in Daegu. From 2004 to 2005, Imaizumi worked as an assistant coach with Japan’s Full National Team, while serving as the head coach of the U-17 team. He led the U-17’s to a gold medal at the 2005 Asian Football Confederation Championship as the Japanese defeated China PR in the title game. From 2004 to 2006, Imaizumi worked as head coach of Japan’s U-20 National Team. He would later serve for two years (2006-07) as Japan’s Olympic Committee Development coach.
With the JFA, Imaizumi worked as an instructor for A-License, B-License and C-License coaching certification. In 2003, he served as the boy’s Youth Development coach in the Kanto Region. Two years later, Imaizumi took over as the Youth Development chief coach for the girls and in 2006 became the head coach of the JFA Academy Fukushima girl’s squad.
A native of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Imaizumi earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from the University of Tsukuba in Tsukuba Ibaraki, Japan in 1983. Imaizumi was a member of the football club at Tsukuba and was a candidate on the U-20 Japanese National Team. He is married to Nami Imaizumi.