State examination in politics and sports science in Frankfurt am Main.
Worked as a scientist at the Institute for Sports Science at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt until 1980.
Was national coach at the German Canoe Association from 1980 to 2005; since 1988 has been head coach of the entire association. Numerous assignments on behalf of the IOC in developing countries and emerging markets.
National coach in China between 2005 and 2008; since 2009 national coach in Great Britain and Italy (2010-2012).
Since 2013 sport advicer of the Chinese Province of Guandong.
Awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and named honorary professor of Wuhan University (People’s Republic of China) in 1998.