NCCU tennis coach receives national award
|NCCU tennis team coach Chang Kau-lung(張凱隆), right, helps the Taiwan’s national tennis team achieve its best record. Photo: Chang Kau-lung(張凱隆)|
|NCCU tennis team coach Chang Kau-lung(張凱隆), right, recieves the Kuokuang Physical Education Award. Photo: MOE|
|Chang has been a coach for the NCCU women’s tennis team for three years. Photo: Nick Song (宋修亞)|
By Chien Yu-hsuan (簡鈺璇)
The nation’s Sport Administration gave the Kuokuang Physical Education Award to the National Chengchi University (NCCU) tennis team coach Chang Kau-lung(張凱隆) on Dec. 5 for his extraordinary contribution in raising the nation’s athletic level.
As the youngest coach of Taiwan’s national tennis team, Chang helped the country achieve its best record, one gold, three silvers and one bronze at the Incheon Asian Game this year.
Commenting on his being chosen to coach the national team, Chang said he attributed to his extensive experiences in being an athlete and a coach in international games.
He said he originally wanted to be a professional tennis player like Lu Yen-hsun(盧彥勳). He had won the silver medal in the Southeast Asian Game in 2005, but he changed his career to be a coach after getting injured.
As a coach, Chang had trained Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) for the Australia Open in 2006 and led national tennis team to compete in Universiade in 2013.
Chang thanked NCCU for allowing him to participate in the Incheon Asian Games this year.
“This is a good opportunity to watch and learn from training methods in other countries,” he said. “I can apply some of those resources when I teach.”
“Seldom did I use traditional methods to train school team players, and I would like to train them by using ways that top athletes had used in international games,” Chang said.
Chang added that he would not force players to continue hitting the ball or running during the training process. Instead, he said he would focus on addressing drawbacks of each player and gave them appropriate drills.
In order to cultivate players’ spontaneous response in competitions, he said trainings assigned for players vary, adding that he would use different ways to achieve the goal if he wanted to enhance players’ volley skills.
Chang has been a coach for the NCCU women’s tennis team for three years. He not only increased the team’s competence but also led the team to win the fifth place of the tennis team event in the National Intercollegiate Athletes Game last year. In 2012, the team was eliminated at the quarter final.
Chen Yu-an (陳育安), the captain of the NCCU women’s tennis team, said Chang was a nice and hard-working coach. According to Chen, Chang would point out her problems and gave her useful advices.
“I have made a lot of progress in past three years,” she said. “As a freshman, I did not win any match, but now I could represent the school to compete in games.”
Chang said that his role in NCCU was to make tennis a popular sport to do because the university is not physical education-oriented school.
However, he said the job at the university is not easy because he needs to design courses and open classes for faculty members as well.