My weapon is dependability.
Kōshi Sugawara
Kanji 菅原 孝支
Rōmaji Sugawara Kōshi
Character Information
Also Known As The Indomitable Setter
Mr. Refreshing (By Oikawa)
Gender Male
Date of Birth June 13
Age 18
Height 174.3 cm (5' 8.6") - April
174.6 cm (5' 8.7") - November
Weight 63.5 kg (140 lbs)
Background Information
Goal Work hard to not lose against anyone
Keep playing volleyball
Strives to gently guide the underclassmen
Likes Volleyball
Super Spicy Mapo Tofu
Professional Status
Occupation High School Student (3rd Year, Class 4)
Teams Nagamushi Junior High (Former)

Karasuno High

Number 2
Position Setter
Debut Information
In the Manga Endings and Beginnings
In the Anime Endings and Beginnings
Seiyu Information
Voice Actor Miyu Irino
English Actor Adam Gibbs
Kōshi Sugawara (Japanese: 菅原 孝支 Sugawara Kōshi) is a third year at Karasuno High School; he is a setter in the Karasuno High Boys' Volleyball Club.

Appearance Edit

Sugawara is shown to be average in height with a slender build. He has slightly thick eyebrows, light grey hair and hazel-brown eyes with a birthmark or a mole under his left eye. He is usually seen with a gentle smile on his face.


Being the vice captain, he has a soothing and gentle personality for his teammates and acts as a pillar of support for them. Even though he isn't Karasuno's official setter anymore, he doesn't dream of giving up on playing in general. As such, he encourages himself and all of his teammates not to give up, no matter how rough the situation might be.

Sugawara's dedication to volleyball is clear when he decides to continue club activities even when most third years choose to retire to focus on their futures. In a meeting, his teacher asked Sugawara why he's so determined to continue playing even though he's not a starting member, and Sugawara replied that he doesn't want to have regrets in the future.

He is also quite perceptive as he noticed how Tanaka asked for the key to the gym (back during the first years's 3-on-3 match) even though he always comes in late. He is also intelligent as he can come up with helpful tactics during games that his team members can use. An example of this is when he came up with the idea of saying "bring it" and "send it to me" for Kageyama and Hinata's combo. Suga also came up with the hand signals over night while his teammates were sleeping.

Despite his nurturing behavior, he is sometimes mischievous, as seen from how he supports Hinata to barge into the Youth Camp uninvited. He is also rather proud, although it is very rarely shown. Notable examples are when he said: "Kageyama, from here on out if you start getting bombarded by interviews, you're gonna say 'I learned everything from a magnificent senpai called Sugawara', got it?", and when he bragged about how he came up with the name of Kageyama and Hinata's new technique 'Back Minus'.

During the battle with Shiratorizawa, he was so irritated by the loss of their team that he started rambling and pouting, which is very unlike his usual mature demeanor. Sometimes, he also strikes his teammates while yelling like a child.

Statistics Edit

Original Statistics
Game Sense

While on the sidelines, Sugawara pays close attention to the way the other team plays, often able to give his teammates advice on how to beat the other team. On the off-chance that Sugawara is put in the game, he can carry over what he learned from watching on the sidelines in order to rally the team and score a few points. However, he quickly gets stressed out by the heat of the game and starts to over-think things too much.

Because Sugawara rarely plays in official matches, he's an unknown element. When he is called into games, the other teams, who may have had time to study up on the usual starting line up, don't typically know what to expect from Sugawara, thus working to Karasuno's advantage.

Since the summer training camp arc, Sugawara has been mostly responsible for the team's synchronized attacks. He also practised spiking during that time and now uses that to confuse opponents in matches.

During the Karasuno's Spring High match against Aobajōsai, Sugawara showed off two new strategies. The first was acting as a pinch server in order to force Kentarō Kyōtani into receiving the serve from the front line, thus slowing him down and making him unable to spike. The second was Calculated One-Point Two-Setter - a synchronized attack with Sugawara as the setter and Kageyama as a spiker, giving Karasuno five (as opposed to four) available spikers.

In the final set of the final match against Shiratorizawa, he became the fifth spiker again, but from Yū Nishinoya's overhand tosses.

As of mid-November:

  • Fingertip Height: 222 cm
  • Jumping Reach: 299 cm (spike) / 285 cm (block)

Trivia Edit

  • Favorite Food: Super spicy mapo tofu
  • Current Concern: A lot of his juniors are taller than him.
  • Sugawara wears white gym shoes with blue/green accents.
  • He went to Nagamushi Junior High.
  • He is enrolled in a college prep class, along with Daichi.[1]
  • His star sign is Gemini.
  • He, along with Daichi and Asahi forms a set. His jersey number (2) is symbolic of his position as a setter, as setting is usually the second contact in volleyball.
  • Furudate wrote that he got Sugawara's name when "At my previous workplace, I had a senpai who got called “Suga-san”. I somehow really liked the way that sounds. I named him Sugawara to be able to call him “Suga-san”."[2]
  • Nomenclature:
    • Kōshi (孝支) - Supporting One's Elders
    • Sugawara (菅原) - Sedge Plain


  1. Chapter 71
  2. Haikyū!! Guidebook

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