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Volleyball legend Lang Ping joins BNU Zhuhai's faculty


Updated: 2021-08-06

Lang Ping, head coach of the China women's national volleyball team, will teach motion control and professional development volleyball at Beijing Normal University (BNU) Zhuhai in Tangjiawan during the fall semester, which opens in September.

According to the university, "Jenny" Lang will instruct a credited physical education course rather than a general elective.

Lang stepped down as head coach of the China women's national volleyball team following its Tokyo Olympics campaign. The Global Times reported Aug 2 that, "The Chinese players gathered together after Monday's 3-0 win over Argentina to bid farewell to Lang, before jointly saying an emotional thank you, a moment that left both the players and the coach in tears."


"Jenny" Lang Ping [Photo by He Zongwen for China Daily] 

The 60-year-old legend said she had almost fulfilled all her dreams in volleyball, and didn't think she could ask for more as it was not feasible to pursue more given her age.

Known as the "Iron Hammer" and member of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame, Lang is revered for her elegant athleticism, fierce spiking, and tactical brilliance. Esteemed throughout China, stadiums are named after her and stamps have borne her image. She won gold at the World Cup in 1981 and 1985, World Championship in 1982, as well as Olympic gold at Los Angeles 1984 as the leading spiker of the Chinese national team. 

Although born in Tianjin and always retaining Chinese citizenship, she resided in the US for 15 years, helped coach volleyball at the University of New Mexico, coached in Italy, and guided the US national team to a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2009, Lang returned to China as head coach of Guangdong Evergrande, guiding the team to their first Women's Volleyball League title in 2011-2012 season.

During her reign from 2013-21, Lang led China to gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, two World Cup titles, and a silver and bronze at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championships.

Early in 2015, Lang began working at BNU, at which she studied English. According to the university website, she has served as director of the Lang Ping Sports Culture & Policy Research Center there since March 2015. The center promotes sports culture, raises public sports enthusiasm, and provides intellectual support for the development of national sports policies.

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