43-year-old Takayuki Takabayashi will be taking over as manager of the Rikkyo Niiza High School baseball team. He'll begin his coaching duties on the 14th.
Takabayashi is a Rikkyo High School (now Rikkyo Niiza) graduate that went on to play college baseball (Rikkyo University). After graduating from college, he joined Nihon Sekiyu and had a successful career in the Industrial League that peaked with his selection to the roster for the 1996 Olympics. Takabayashi then retired after the 1997 in order to help out with the family business.