Chinese coaches team up with ASU Global Launch, Sun Devil Athletics


Samantha Talavera

Coaches from the Federation of University Sports China have visited Arizona State University's Sun Devil Athletics to learn more about American coaching and conditioning techniques.

As part of the Pac-12's global initiative, the Chinese coaches visited Tempe and observed practices from the ASU swimming team, with former USA Olympic swimming coach Bob Bowman and 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. Additionally, the coaches worked with the men's and women's basketball, and track and field teams. The program, jointly coordinated by Sun Devil Athletics and Global Launch, is in talks for a third year.

In addition to attending team practices, the Chinese coaches took weekly English lessons through Global Launch, and seminars on nutrition, sports medicine psychology and academic support.

“The coaches that are here for training, they’re getting to see everything that we do. They’re taking away the training plans as well as the leadership style of U.S. Athletic coaches [to China],” said Susan Edgington, Global Launch’s CEO, in an interview with the Pac-12 Network. 

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