Yifei "Evan" Shang is in his second season as a graduate assistant coach for the Ohio men's basketball program.
Most recently, Shang served as the assistant to the head coach, Li Nan, for the Chinese men's national basketball team during the 2018 summer international season, where he worked with two NBA players, Zhou Qi of the Houston Rockets and Ding Yanyuhang of the Dallas Mavericks. He helped the Chinese national team win a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, when China defeated Iran in the final, 84-72.
Shang was involved with the development of the team's offense, focusing particularly on special situations including after timeout, end of quarter/game and out of bounds plays. He assisted with individual player workouts and was responsible for scouting upcoming opponents.
Shang coordinated the Chinese national team's trip to Las Vegas and served as the main point of contact when they participated in the 2018 NBA Summer League. He was responsible for the team's travel logistics, accommodation, and basketball operations tasks. He carried out a similar role in January 2018 when China's head coach Li Nan and Shang followed the Brooklyn Nets, while also visiting the Houston Rockets as well as several Division I programs in the New York area.
Shang is set to remain his post with the Chinese national team and participate in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup as China has qualified for the tournament.
Prior to Ohio and the Chinese national team, Shang worked with the men's basketball program at his alma mater, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland from 2015-2018. He started as a student assistant for one year and later served as an assistant coach for two seasons under head coach Todd McGuinness.
During his stint with CWRU, Shang coached Javi Alvarez, TJ Duckett and Ignas Masiulionis, who together earned one All-Great Lakes Region honor and four All-University Athletic Association honors.
With the Spartans, Shang's duties included assisting with player development, providing on-court instructions, leading individual player workouts and producing scouting reports. In addition, he was responsible for creating video edits and running film sessions.
A native of Beijing, Shang is currently enrolled in the MBA/Master of Sports Administration dual-degree program at Ohio University. He received a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University in 2017.