In the end, those who do not change will not evolve.
Yasufumi Nekomata
Japanese 猫又育史
Translation Nekomata Yasufumi
Character information
Gender Male
Age 68
Home town Tokyo
Home country Japan
Team Nekoma High
Position Coach
Occupation Coach
Affiliation Nekoma High
Background information
Chapter "Encounter"
Episode "The Neko-Karasu Reunion"
Japanese Fukuda Nobuaki
English John Swasey
Image gallery (7)
Yasufumi Nekomata (Japanese: 猫又育史 Nekomata Yasufumi) is the Head Coach of Nekoma High's boys' volleyball club.


His face is wrinkled but despite his age, he can walk around perfectly well without a hunched back or anything of the sorts. His hair is a light, blondish-gray, and he is often seen smiling. He usually wears a red jacket, a white shirt and red pants.


He seems to have a carefree personality as during the game against Karasuno, he made remarks about Hinata while smiling happily even though his team was losing (initially). He can also be competitive and childish, especially when it comes to Coach Ukai. After the match against Karasuno, he insulted Keishin Ukai and made jabs at his coaching skills, stating that the reason for his behavior is because Keishin resembles the older Ukai.


During Ikkei Ukai's time, they were both rivals and friends, and were often encouraging each other to make it to Nationals so they can have a "Battle of the Trash Heap". After a while, both coaches retired, but Coach Nekomata recently came back into work.


Karasuno High Team Formation ArcEdit

Tokyo Expedition ArcEdit

Spring High Preliminary ArcEdit

Tokyo Nationals ArcEdit



Ikkei UkaiEdit

Keishin UkaiEdit

Nekoma HighEdit


  • Current Concern: when he goes out drinking with Naoi he gets smashed too quickly so it's no fun.


  • "The team with strong spikes doesn't win...The team that drops the ball loses, and that's what it means to 'connect'." (Season 1, Episode 13)
  • "Your enthusiasm will be returned in kind. If you try hard despite your awkwardness, the students will follow your lead." (To Ittetsu Takeda, Chapter 34)
  • "In the end, those who do not want to change will not evolve." (About Hinata, episode 4/ season 2).

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