Appointed in 2012, Kumi Nakada became the first female head coach in the V Premier League and led Hisamitsu Springs to the most successful season in their history. During season 2012/13 they won five national competitions, and she was named the V Premier League's Best Head Coach in 2012 and 2013. She has been assistant coach of several teams in Italy. As a player in 1980, she became the youngest player to be called up to the senior team at age 15 years and one month. She was named Best Libero at the 1989 World Cup, and was Japan's flagbearer at the 1992 Olympic Games..