Utah President David W. Pershing 'proud' to partner with Pac-12, CSC and FUSC for coaching alliance
SHANGHAI, China — In a day full of exciting developments, the Pac-12 Conference, University of Utah, Arizona State University, China Scholarship Council and Federation of University Sports of China announced the framework for an innovative coaching alliance on Friday. CSC secretary-general Dr. Liu Jinghui announced the joint venture during the China-U.S. University Sports and Education Summit at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Starting in the fall of 2016, 100 FUSC member institution coaches will be embedded with the University of Utah while 100 more coaches will head to Arizona State for a 90-day course in coaching, as part of the Pac-12 Conference’s burgeoning Globalization Initiative.
Utah President David W. Pershing said he looks forward to the new partnership between the parties, which was signed and sealed as part of Friday’s press conference, one day before the Washington and Texas men’s basketball teams tip off the regular season with a matchup in Shanghai.
“We are proud to be a member of the Pac-12 and support the globalization efforts that they are undertaking at the conference level,” Pershing said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to host these wonderful coaches.”
The objective of the coaching alliance will be to provide hands-on education for Chinese coaches, in order to promote athletics and academics on an international scale. Basketball, track and field swimming and cheerleading will be the focal points of the program in its initial year.
“We will learn from our peers,” FUSC Vice President Shen Zhen said via translator, “and will mix our Chinese methodology, U.S. methodology and find the best way to share the knowledge with our athletes in China.”
The partnership was signed and sealed as part of Friday’s press conference, where optimism was running high.
“In the universities we should have a global level of thinking,” Dr. Liu said through a translator. “We should promote globalization and we know that teachers and coaches are very important to education. … We will send the coaches to the U.S. just like 200 seeds. Then they will return and 200 seeds will be spread throughout China.”