United States Sports Academy Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich recently signed a new protocol with the Shanghai Sports Administration (SSA) that calls for the Academy to create an elite coaching program. 

Academy Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich (right) and Liu Li Ping, Deputy Chief for the Shanghai Sports Administration Foreign Affairs Office, sign a protocol that calls for the Academy to help train their elite athletes as coaches.

The Chinese Sport Authority plans to select 100 of its most elite athletes and Olympians, who have recently retired and are between the ages of 25-30 and put them into a special training program with one of their sport universities for a period of 10 months. At the end of those 10 months, 20 of the best students will be selected and sent to the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala., for two months of special sports training in November 2014.

After attending training sessions at the Academy in Daphne, the elite coaching group will begin basketball, track and field, and swimming mentorship programs with local sports organizations.

The SSA requested the Academy to submit a proposal for this program following Academy Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich’s meeting with Dr. Guo Bei, SSA Deputy Director General, and Liu Li Ping, Deputy Chief for the SSA Foreign Affairs Office.

“We are delighted with this opportunity to work with some of the best athletes in the world,” Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich said.

In May, the Academy hosted a group of more than 20 swimming coaches from Shanghai who traveled to the United States for sports training. The Shanghai Swimming Coaches Sports Study Tour included attending seminars on sports psychology and sports medicine, as well as going to swim practices both at the youth and collegiate level to learn more about swimming techniques and training methods. Besides the Academy and Auburn University, a college powerhouse in swimming, they also worked with both Bishop State Community College and TNT Swimming, an elite youth swimming team based in Daphne, Ala.

Ping, the Shanghai Swimming Coaches Study Tour group leader who won a bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in women’s Team Handball, said she and other Shanghai members learned a lot of useful information during the Study Tour that they can use to be better coaches and to help their athletes improve.