Sports Academy Continues Its Educational Reach in Thailand to Offer Certifications

By February 4, 2015News & Events

DAPHNE, Ala. – Recognized as a global leader in providing sports education, the United States Sports Academy once again has extended its instructional tentacles overseas. This week and in the coming months, National Faculty members will be teaching week-long courses in Thailand that offer students there the opportunity to earn international certifications in Academy programs.

In this latest effort of “have expertise, will travel to enlighten,” Dr. Christopher Rampacek and Mr. Marc Margolies represent a fraction of the Academy’s professors who will work in cooperation with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) this year to educate those interested in one or several aspects of the sports industry.

“They are the first of many who will teach in Thailand,” said Dr. Brandon Spradley, Acting Director of Continuing Education at the Academy.

Rampacek and Margolies currently are teaching Sports Coaching Methodology and Sports Facility Management, respectively, with International Certification available in the Academy’s Sports Coaching and Sports Management programs. Starting in March and ending in August, Thailand students will be offered courses in biomechanics, strength and conditioning, psychology and ethics, elite development, marketing, public relations, event planning, law and medicine – as they all pertain to the world of sports.

For more than four decades, the Academy has provided programs in sport education to students throughout the nation and to 60 countries across the globe. It has a long-standing relationship with the SAT, sending instructors to Thailand to teach certification courses in the sports management and sports coaching programs. The SAT is Thailand’s primary sport organization and plays a vital role in the development of sport.

Known worldwide as “America’s Sports University®,” the Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special-mission sports university created to serve the nation and the 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.

The Academy provides America’s largest graduate program in sports education, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates in sport-specific programs. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit the Academy’s website at