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Lang to coach club team in Guangdong

FORMER Chinese and US national volleyball head coach Lang Ping will take charge of a club team in South China.

The former Chinese star hitter, known as Jenny to her American colleagues, said yesterday that she had signed with Guangdong Hengda women's club.

It will be Lang's first coaching job in China in 11 years.

Her last coaching spell at home was from 1995 to 1998 when Lang led the Chinese women's national team to an Olympic silver medal in Atlanta and the world championship runners-up spot in Japan.

Former Chinese sports minister and volleyball chief Yuan Weimin, Lang's former teammate Zhang Rongfang, general secretary of the Chinese volleyball administrative center, and the center's director Xu Li welcomed Lang's appointment.

The Guangdong Hengda club is owned by real estate giant Hengda, and is the first privately funded volleyball club in China.

Lang, adored by millions of Chinese fans both as a player and a coach, did not extend her contract as the US head coach. She said then she wanted more flexibility to spend time with her family.

Lang's American team won the silver medal at the Beijing Games - its first Olympic medal since 1992. During her four-year tenure as the US coach, Lang compiled a 90-49 record.

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.


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