DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy national faculty members Marc Margolies and Charles Temple recently took part in the Academy’s program to enhance the training of football (soccer) administrators in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The Academy played a role in the development of the Football Club Operators License Program in cooperation with the United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA). The agreement between the Academy, its Emirati colleagues and the UAEFA led to the development of the Football Association Academy (FAA).
The effort includes football certification programs that offer professional preparation and training designed to meet the needs of coaches, athletes, administrators and operatives in the UAE football club system. This year the curriculum covers Sports Administration as well as Facilities and Event Management.
Temple, who taught Sports Administration to the FAA, has served as a faculty member for the Academy’s international programs in Thailand, Malaysia and China. He is an experienced college athletic administrator, coach and instructor in higher education with more than 38 years of experience. He also currently teaches fitness, sports coaching and sports management courses at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky.
“For the past four years, I have been working as a Sports Management Specialist for the United States Sports Academy,” Temple said. “I am so thankful for the Academy, who provides me with another international teaching and training opportunity. So now the country of United Arab Emirates will be added to Malaysia, Thailand, and China where I have had the chance to work with the wonderful coaches and teachers in those beautiful countries.”
Temple has taught sports management classes at the University of Kentucky as well as fitness and wellness classes at Indiana Wesleyan University. He was the athletic director at Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, Ky. from 2010-12, and district athletic director and fitness and wellness teacher at Jessamine County Schools in Nicholasville, Ky. from 2000-10.
In addition, he served as director of athletic facilities and head men’s soccer coach at Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., for four years. He was director of athletics, head men’s basketball and head men’s soccer coach at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, Ga for eight years and served as athletic director at Miami Christian College and Central Jersey Christian School early in his career. In addition to his administrative duties, Temple has coached soccer, basketball and baseball as well as taught health, sports and fitness related courses since the mid-1970s.
Temple earned a master’s degree in athletic administration and physical education management from Trenton State College and a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education, and recreation from The Kings College in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.
Over the years, Temple has received numerous awards and recognitions. He received the NIAAA Kentucky State Award of Merit in 2009 and a NCCAA National Meritorious Service Award in 1993. He has received conference and region Coach of the Year honors in baseball, soccer and basketball. Temple also served as NCCAA National Men’s Soccer Chairman from 1988-1990 and the NCCAA National Men’s Basketball Chairman 1990-1992.
Margolies, an Aberdeen, S.D. resident, has served at Presentation College in Aberdeen since 2011, where he is currently assistant professor of business. He teaches a wide range of sports and business subjects including sport management, sport marketing, sport finance, legal and ethical issues of sports, sports facility planning, microeconomics, human resource management, and business communications.
“The UAE is an impressive country and Dubai is a world class city,” Margolies said. “My overall experience in the UAE was fantastic. Dubai was a wonderful teaching assignment.”
Margolies, who taught the Sports Facilities and Event Management course to the FAA, said he incorporated active class activities in the classroom as much as possible. Those activities included completing a feasibility study of a sports facility or complex of the student’s choice and touring the Al Shabab Soccer Club facilities. He said many of the students are already employed as operations directors at their respective clubs.
“The class was very attentive and eager to learn, and the class projects were well received,” he said. “The students deeply engaged in discussion with the instructor and with each other, resulting in the students scoring very well on the exam.”
Margolies served on the United States Sports Academy International Faculty in 2012 in Malaysia, where he taught facility planning and event management. Margolies previously served from 2006 to 2009 as adjunct and then assistant professor at Northern State University in Aberdeen, where he taught numerous sport and physical education classes including sport marketing, financial aspects of sport, and sports administration.
From 2004 to 2007 Margolies was director of youth and sports programs for the Aberdeen Family YMCA. He has also served as court administrator in the Aberdeen Unified Judicial System. For more than 30 years he has been a business owner in Aberdeen, operating a baggage delivery service. His career also includes service as executive regional director of the Alabama Sports Festival.
Margolies earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa in 1985 and his law degree from Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1989. He earned his Master of Sport Science degree from the United States Sports Academy in 1991.
In addition to his professional and educational accomplishments, Margolies has served as a coach or volunteer in a wide range of girls and boys sports in the Aberdeen area including soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, softball, tee ball, and swimming. He also has served as a volunteer for the U.S. Olympic Festival.
Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit http://ussa.edu.