DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy national faculty member Dr. Christopher Rampacek of Houston, Texas, recently took part in the Academy’s program to teach sports coaching to students from the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) in Bangkok.
Rampacek is currently a personal trainer at the Trotter Family YMCA in Houston, Texas. Rampacek trains and educates his clients in exercise and nutrition. He also has experience teaching for the Academy in Malaysia and Thailand.
He taught the sports nutrition and ergogenic aids course for the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program in Bangkok, a program that has been in place for more than a decade.
“It is wonderful, being able to share my knowledge and experience with other sport minded professionals in a country quite different from my own,” Rampacek said. “I not only teach but also learn. I now know how to play woodball and, by the way, have returned from Thailand with a gift of woodball gear for my future practice.”
Dr. Rampacek earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1977. He also earned multiple bachelor’s degrees from the University of Houston, which include: a degree in human nutrition and foods, 1991; a degree in psychology, 1994; and a degree in health, 2004. He received his master’s degree in childhood education from Florida in 1978 and his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Houston in 1997.
The ICSC program, along with the Academy’s International Certification for Sports Management (ICSM) program, prepare participants for leadership roles in sport. The ICSC program includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, while the ICSM program includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities.
“I enjoy the people I teach so much,” Rampacek said. “I have created lifelong friends through the opportunities afforded me by the Academy. I will be forever grateful for the experience.”
Approximately 50 students annually are drawn from the SAT and its affiliated sport organizations around the country to attend each of the certification programs, with a total of 100 students involved each year. Following the conclusion of the classroom portion of the program, which is provided by Academy instructors, the SAT selects the best students from each program for a special study tour of sport in America. A delegation of approximately 15 students and administrators from the SAT takes part in an educational tour of various sports organizations and venues for two weeks from coast to coast in the United States, including a visit to the Academy.
Coursework for 2017 began in January and runs through June, followed by the sports study tour in September. The Academy and the SAT have a Memorandum of Understanding to extend cooperation in sports education and training through 2020.
Prior to his current position, Rampacek served as an adjunct professor at San Jacinto College in Houston, where he taught physical education, sports and health promotion courses from 2006-12. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston for four years teaching similar health and fitness related courses.
Rampacek’s experience also includes serving as a physical education teacher overseas in Tunisia and the Virgin Islands, and coaching soccer and cross country in Gainesville, Fla.
In addition to his educational credentials, Rampacek is a certified health fitness instructor, an American Red Cross instructor and a member of the National Strength Coaches Association. Rampacek is an active competitor in triathlons, marathons and other sports. He has medaled multiple times in Senior Games competitions and competed in more than 120 marathons.
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