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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 25, 2011) – Dennis Docheff, professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Central Missouri, assumed the presidency of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education at its recent national convention in San Diego, Calif.
As a national spokesperson for NASPE, Docheff will address the organization’s role in advancing the professions NASPE serves and be an advocate for quality sport, physical activity and physical education programs. This includes a new initiative called Let’s Move in School, which focuses on ensuring every school across the country incorporates a comprehensive physical activity program before, during, and after school with the help of school, parents, and community involvement. During National Physical Education and Sport Week, May 1-7, more than 3,200 schools and nearly 2.5 million students will be participating in a national celebration of physical activity.
A NASPE/AAHPERD member since 1985, Docheff has served on NASPE’s Sport Steering and Sports Award committees, Coaches Council, Coaching Standards Revision Team, and was a Cabinet Member/Convention Coordinator He is also a member of AAHPERD’s Strategic Planning Committee and has been a delegate to the 12 AAHPERD assemblies.
Docheff joined the faculty of the University of Central Missouri in 2001, serving as department chair from 2001-03. Prior to 2001, Docheff was an associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Concordia University in Mequon, Wis., from 1999-2001; associate professor in the Department of Physical Education at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. from 1996-99; a teacher, counselor, and coach at Elma School District and Montesano School District in Washington from 1991-96; Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Chair at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., from 1990-91; assistant professor of Physical Education at Eastern Washington University from 1987-90; principal, athletic director, and coach of Unified School District #365 in Garnett, Kan., from 1985-87, and physical education teacher at the Ocosta School District in Westport, Wash., 1978-83.
A graduate of Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education and a Master of Education degree in school administration, Docheff received his Education Doctorate degree in physical education curriculum and administration from the University of Northern Colorado.
He was the president of the AAHPERD Central District and a member of its Structure and Function Committee, Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship Committee, Site Selection Committee, Executive Director Evaluation Committee, and Financial Advisement Committee. He also served as an editor or reviewer on several professional journals, including both JOPERD and Strategies, and has coached sports on all levels, including football, basketball, track, fencing, golf, and volleyball. Docheff is a member of both the Kansas and the Missouri state AHPERD associations.
He has received numerous awards throughout his career including the 2011 AAHPERD Honor Award, the 2011 Central District Sport and Physical Education Division Merit Award, the 2010-2011 UCM College of Health and Human Services Faculty Award for “Excellence in Service,” the 2009 Central District AAHPERD Honor Award, and the 2005 Scholar Award from the Missouri AHPERD. He was also nominated for both the Byler Distinguished Faculty Award and Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008 at the University of Central Missouri.
The mission of NASPE, a nonprofit professional education association, is to enhance knowledge, improve professional practice, and increase support for high quality physical education, sport and physical activity programs. NASPE, which has been setting the standard for the profession for over 35 years, believes that daily physical activity is critical to improve school and work performance and the health of individuals.