Jean Cotinaud, was originally a gymnast, then he became a windsurfing instructor, which was followed by some climbing and then a little paragliding, he cycles to the campus everyday (with the help of an electric bike!).He has been teaching since he graduated in 1984 from Paris X Nanterre University. Firstly, in Paris before moving to Lyon in 1991 to head the team of PE teachers at the newly created international school (Cité Scolaire Internationale) located in Gerland. In 1998 he was appointed head of the sports department at École Centrale de Lyon. He teaches sport and is also the director of the Sports Association. He is involved in many areas of Ecole Centrale de Lyon : he is on the Board of the Professional Education Unit, Board of communication, languages, business studies and sports department (CLES), he was also part of the Study board, and many other work groups (Subject evaluations of subjects, Competence evaluations, etc. Beyond teaching, he is also a Professional Career councillor (PCP) and is regularly a Study project and Industrial project tutor.