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"Iron Hammer" Lang to coach Chinese local club

2009-08-10 21:05 BJT

Former Chinese and U.S. national volleyball head coach Lang Ping has signed to take charge of a club team in South China.
Former Chinese and U.S. national volleyball head coach Lang Ping has
signed to take charge of a club team in South China.

Lang, adored by millions of Chinese fans both as a player and a coach, had chosen last November not to extend her contract as the U.S. head coach for the London Olympic Games.

Lang cited the desire for a coaching position that offers more flexibility to spend time with her family as a major factor in her decision.

The resignation came after Lang guided the American team to a silver medal from the Beijing Games, its first Olympic medal since 1992. During her four-year tenure, Lang compiled a 90-49 record.

As a player, the "Iron Hammer" was instrumental in China's major breakthrough in the volleyball world in the 1980s when the Chinese team won the 1984 Olympic gold, one world championship and two World Cups.

She started to coach the Chinese women's team in 1995 and led them to a silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympcis. She took over the U.S. team in 2005.

Lang was the only female head coach among the top 20 national team coaches listed by the world's volleyball body FIVB.

According to FIVB, Lang Ping and former Hungary women's team coach Gabriella Kotsis (1972, 1976, 1980) are the only female coaches to have led teams into multiple Olympics.

Editor: Zhang Pengfei | Source: Xinhua