For the past 40 years, the United States Sports Academy has delivered sport and physical education programs in more than 65 countries to more than a quarter million people. These programs are designed to help individuals develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge required to succeed in coaching, physical education, management, fitness and other related sport disciplines.
But even before the Academy was founded in 1972 by Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, who continues to serve as its President and CEO, Dr. Rosandich coached his first of many national track and field teams in Malaysia nearly 54 years ago. As Malaysia was becoming an independent nation, he led a combined team of Malaysia, Singapore and North Borneo to the Asian Games in 1958.
Today, team of the university’s sports education instructors have begun retraining 1,000 of Malaysia’s physical education teachers as part of its latest program—International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IDPESS). The Academy recently sent a group of 13 educators on a three-week assignment starting July 25 to help deliver the program. Already, seven full-time sports university faculty members have been teaching courses in Malaysia since June.
The Malaysia Ministry of Education (MOE) approved a pilot program with the university that runs from June through December. For the pilot program, the Academy’s faculty developed a 10-course diploma program to teach in Malaysia, which was approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Authority (MQA), a national accrediting body. The program is being taught in six different locations throughout the country, which is considered one of the most beautiful in Southeast Asia.
The IDPESS is designed to impart the latest in teaching techniques and skills to Malaysia’s physical education teachers. This effort is but one part of a program to enhance the country’s physical education programs, as the nation’s leaders look to the future and the goal of healthier and physically fit citizens. The other part is a curricular review currently underway and together the goal is a comprehensive physical education program with the teachers prepared to deliver it.
Leading the program in Malaysia is Dr. Dale Reeves, who has taught and coached basketball, football and softball at the high school level for about 35 years and who received his doctorate in Sports Management in 2002 from the Academy. In all, about 30 Academy physical education instructors will be involved in the newest Malaysia program, which includes surges of additional faculty in July and November.
In 1981, the Academy’s first program in Malaysia began when the sports university provided a team of coaches to staff the Likas Sports Complex in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. More programs were developed in Kuching, Sarawak, in 1982. The Academy’s team oversaw administration and training for sports teams, including swimming, athletics and boxing. Program support was also offered in sports medicine and human performance evaluation.
This relationship for sport development between Malaysia and the Academy continued when current Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohammad Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak was appointed as the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports in 1984. In his role as the Minister for Youth and Sports, Dato’ Sri Najib focused on improving the national sports effort and introduced the National Sports Policy in 1988. A year later, Malaysia produced its best-ever performance at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, a regional multi-sport competition in which Dr. Rosandich played a role in developing.
The Academy contributed to this effort through the delivery in Malaysia of its sport education programs. Over the decades since the early 1980s, the Academy has taught its International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) and Sports Coaching (ICSC) programs in the various municipalities and States and in Kuala Lumpur through the National Sports Council (NSC) and after that, through the National Institute of Sports (ISN). It has also provided coaches, sport scientists and other specialists, as requested to assist in special sport projects and programs.
Over the years, from his days as the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and through his days as the Minister of Education, Dato’ Sri Najib has recognized the role of physical education in the building of a nation. This endeavor is important for the benefits that it brings the nation’s youth, but also for the way that scholastic sports can build a national feeder system for sports yielding the most talent to compete on the world stage.
The Academy is proud of its long association with Malaysia and its contributions to Malaysian sports. It is also proud of its association with the current Prime Minister. In 1991, the Academy recognized Prime Minister Najib for his contributions to sport with an Honorary Doctorate Degree. This added to his already distinguished academic background, which includes a degree in Industrial Economics from Nottingham University in Great Britain.
Working with Dato’ Sri Najib during his tenure as Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, the Minister of Education and now as the Prime Minister, Dr. Rosandich says the Academy is looking forward to continued service to the country and its people.
If you are interested in teaching opportunities overseas in Malaysia or elsewhere with the Academy, please forward a letter of interest, résumé, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org; or to United States Sports Academy, Attention: Dean of Administration and Finance, One Academy Drive, Daphne, AL 36526; or fax it to 251-621-2527.