DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has reached an agreement with Henan University to teach four courses from its Coaching Certification program at the Chinese institution. National Faculty member Dr. Christopher Rampacek, who hails from Houston, Texas, and has been praised by Academy CEO and President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich for instruction he has provided at previous ventures in Malaysia, Thailand and China, will serve as the professor for this program.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Rampacek, who just recently returned from a similar stint in Thailand. “It’s just a fabulous opportunity to reach out and connect with people across the globe, and they are such good students there.”
Scheduled to run from March 30 through April 25, the program will consist of one course per week: Sports Administration for Coaches, Sports Coaching Methodology, Physical Fitness and Conditioning, and Athlete Development.
Rampacek, who holds multiple degrees from both the University of Florida and the University of Houston, including his doctorate from latter in Curriculum and Instruction, served in a similar capacity last year when the program was held at the Shanghai Sports Administration of Sports in China. Thus far, he has represented the Academy once in China, twice in Thailand and thrice in Malaysia.
“They’ve been wonderful experiences for me,” said Rampacek. “The students revere their teachers. I’ve taught for 30 years in the States, but I never had a student ask me to autograph a textbook until I went over. You’re treated like a rock star, and the students really pay attention and want to learn.
“They’re well educated, but most don’t have physical education in sport. So it’s a sharing experience. It’s great. I’d welcome any trip I could take over there.”
Rampacek currently serves as personal trainer at the Trotter YMCA in Houston. He has served as an adjunct professor at San Jacinto College in Houston, teaching physical education, sports and health promotion courses, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston teaching health- and fitness-related classes.
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