For the 14th consecutive year the United States Sports Academy will continue its international certification program to provide advanced sport education to prepare students in Thailand for careers in sport.

The post-secondary, non-degree programs in Bangkok are designed to prepare people in Thailand for careers in coaching and related athletic professions. The International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, while the International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities.

Each year under the program approximately 100 students are drawn from the Sport Authority of Thailand (SAT) and its affiliated sport organizations around the country to attend the certification programs — typically 50 for each certification. Following the conclusion of the classroom portion of the program in Bangkok, which is provided by Academy instructors, the SAT selects the best students from each program for a special study tour of sport in America.

Academy instructors Dr. Bonnie Tiell and Charles Temple recently taught the institution’s post-secondary, non-degree programs in Bangkok. Tiell taught a course on structure and function in sports, while Temple taught courses on coaching methodology & management and advanced sports coaching methodology.

Tiell, who earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2004, is a professor of sport management at Tiffin University in Ohio. She has been widely recognized for her contributions to intercollegiate athletic administration and global sports governance. Tiell was the Academy’s 2014 Alumnus of the Year and has previously taught for the institution’s programs in Thailand.

Temple 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., where he resides. He has taught for the Academy internationally in the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and China.

Sports education cooperation between the Academy and Thailand goes back to the 1980s and the Academy and the SAT have a Memorandum of Understanding to work together in sports education and training through 2020.

Since its founding nearly a half-century ago, the Academy has leveraged its role and resources as a special mission sports university to make a global impact through quality sport instruction, research and service programs in 65 countries around the world. These contributions have varied in scope from the full-charge conduct of a nation’s entire national sport effort to individual coaching clinics, seminars, and symposia.  For more about the Academy’s international programs, go to https://ussa.edu/international-sport-education/.