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Hiroshi Toyoda

Enshrined: 2018

Country: Japan

Category: Leader

Summary Biography

Hiroshi Toyoda enjoyed an outstanding volleyball career in his native Japan, as a player and as a coach.  He worked with the National Team in Japan to prepare for the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.  A specialist in exercise physiology, he instituted a program of weight training that supported the rise of Japanese dominance during the 1960’s and 1970’s for both men and women.  So successful was this approach that the Japanese women won the gold medal in the 1964 debut of Olympic Indoor Volleyball followed by silver medals at the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games.  The Japanese men had similar success winning the bronze at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games followed by silver at the 1968 Olympic Games and finally gold at the 1972 at the Munich Olympic Games.  Toyoda went on to serve in many roles with the Japanese Volleyball Association including Executive Director and Managing Director.  Active with the FIVB, he was a Member and Chair of the Rules of the Game Commission, Chair of the Technical Commission and also of the Coaching Commission, in addition to being a member of the Board.   His work with the FIVB in 2012 included improvements to teaching materials resulting in the publication of a new coaches’ manual available in multiple languages.