Team profile

NEC Red Rockets

NEC Red Rockets of Kawasaki will be making their FIVB Club World Championship debut this year, after qualifying to the event as Asian Club Championship title holders in 2016.

Founded in 1978, the club got promoted to Japan's V.Premier League the very next year and have since won seven national titles - the latest this year when they defeated Hisamitsu Springs Kobe twice in five sets in the final series.

NEC Red Rockets won their first and only Asian Club Championship in 2016, when they shut out China's Bayi Shenzen 3-0 in the final in Binan, the Philippines.


Yamada Akinori

Yamada Akinori

Hokkaido-born Akinori Yamada first took charge NEC Red Rockets in 1998 and has also served as assistant coach in Japan's women's National Team and leading some of the country's age-group sides.

The 41-year-old returned to the Red Rockets in 2003 and has been head coach of the squad since 2008.


  • Team Manager Yabuuchi Shozo/Nakamura Takashi
  • Assistant coach Omura Satoru
  • Second Assistant Coach Kaneko Takayuki
  • Physiotherapist Ogawa Mio