Dr. Dale Reeves

2002: Ed.D. in Sports Management

Dr. Dale Reeves

For 35 years, Dr. Dale Reeves has worked with high school students and athletes as a science and physical education teacher, basketball, football and softball coach and as an athletic director.

Now, he’s helping youth in Malaysia become healthier, more physically fit and better trained in sports. Reeves is doing this by helping lead the United States Sports Academy’s International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IDPESS) pilot program. The IDPESS is designed to impart the latest in teaching techniques and skills to about 1,000 Malaysia’s physical education teachers, which coincides with health and fitness and sports goals of the nation’s leaders.

The six-month pilot program, which began in June, involves the university’s 10-course diploma program approved by the Malaysia Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Malaysian Qualifications Authority (MQA), a national accrediting body. The program is being taught in six different regions throughout the country, including Kedah, Perak, Pahang, Johor, Sarawak and Sabah. In all, more than 30 instructors will help deliver the Academy’s latest program in the country.

Reeves, who is from Kershaw, S.C., has earned accolades as South Carolina’s Region Coach of the Year in basketball and led his team to the final four in the state playoffs four times. He has served as a high school athletic director and is a past president and Executive Board member of the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s in physical education from the University of South Carolina.

As Reeves prepared for the arrival of 13 additional instructors for a “surge” July 25 to help teach additional Malaysian teachers, he discussed the new program and its students, challenges and his high hopes for Malaysia’s young student-athletes.

Alumni Network: How have the Malaysia physical education teachers you are retraining received the Academy’s International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IDPESS) program so far?

Dr. Dale Reeves: The students have been great. They start at 8 a.m. and leave at 10 p.m. We will have 600 to 800 students after this week and many more are interested in the program, but are having problems getting out of school to attend. We could have 1,000 Malaysia physical education teachers in the program in a couple of weeks.

Alumni Network: What do you think of the Academy’s instructors that are teaching in Malaysia?

Dr. Dale Reeves: The faculty that has been assembled has done a great job in both teaching and handling many obstacles that have come up. Bill Price and Dr. Lawrence Bestmann were here about 25 years ago and their experience has been invaluable. Dr. Tim DeVinney has been on many assignments for the Academy and is one of our top instructors here. Newcomers Tim Dornemann and Anthony Castelon are experts in their field and are doing a tremendous job. The faculty has been given a tough assignment of teaching some days over 10 hours a day and they’ve done it with no complaints. This is a pilot program and we knew there would be a few bumps in the road, but the teachers have been great. Their students love them.

Alumni Network: What have been some of the most memorable moments in Malaysia to date?

Dr. Dale Reeves: There are five things that come to my mind. They are: 1. Getting to meet some of the leaders of the BPG—the teacher certification department of the Ministry of Education—has been the most memorable. Shah Anuar Harun, director of teacher education in Malaysia, has really become a good friend. He has a vision to enhance the development of sports among students in the Malaysian education system. 2. Working with KH Sports and watching them put together the program. They handle all of the logistics of the program. 3. Visiting some of the areas in Malaysia like the Petronas Towers, which are one of the tallest twin towers in the world. It has hundreds of stores and restaurants in it. 4. Handling all of the changes that have occurred during the program has also been very memorable. 5. Maybe the most memorable moment was when I visited an elementary school and they brought the class out to do physical education. Every student came by and shook my hand on the way back in to the school. It was very touching.

Alumni Network: How does this compare to other international assignments you have done?

Dr. Dale Reeves: The classroom has been similar to most assignments that I’ve been on. The students are great and really try to make your stay very enjoyable. The difference is being on the administrative side of it. Merging our vision with their standards is sometimes a challenge, but we have a great relationship with them that was initiated over 50 years ago by Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. The Malaysian administration has done everything to make this successful.

Alumni Network: What’s your hope for this program?

Dr. Dale Reeves: My hope is that the children of Malaysia would have the opportunity to become better educated in the area of physical education and sport. We would like for them to have opportunities that we have in the United States. We would want them to become healthier citizens through active participation in sports that would create a better humanistic relationship with us and throughout the world.