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China Coaches Program

The China Coaches Training Program, which ran for four years, brought coaches and sports teachers from universities across China to study with University of Utah Athletics coaches and College of Health faculty.


3 months


Custom training with U Athletics coaches, research-based faculty lectures, sports business coursework


Athletics, Sports Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Sports Medicine, English Language


Pac-12, China Scholarship Council, Federation University Sports China

PROGRAM description

Up to 100 coaches stay on the U’s campus for three months and complete 25 hours of coursework and training in topics such as coaching technique, team building, recruiting, sports nutrition, sports psychology, and injury prevention.

The U hosted over 300 participants. Coaches who completed the program reported great results from leveraging the techniques they learned at the University of Utah.

“The China Coaches Program is a remarkable program which provides every participant an unforgettable experience,” said Weihua Xu, a 2018 participant in the program.

Coaches from a variety of sports have benefited from the program, including Track & Field, Cheer and Basketball. The program’s custom curriculum includes formal research-based academic training, shadowing sessions with U Athletics coaching staff, and participation in campus athletic events.

“The most impressive part about American universit[ies] is the sports culture. It’s exciting and amazing. I think it’s very good for us to learn,” said Chen Chen, a 2019 program participant.

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