AC/AD Special Course 902: Principles, Strategies & Methods by James Matter & Matt Fleming

This course takes a basic approach to the fundamentals and methods of international athletic administration.

It educates athletic administrators regarding potential problems and possible solutions in the areas of budgets, logistics, scheduling, parent/student/coach conflicts & communications. The course also provides sample athletic/activity department organisational charts, activity procedures/checklists, public relations, and emergency plans.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Inexperienced athletic administrators seeking to define and improve their operational procedures.


  • Logistics
  • Budgeting
  • Scheduling
  • Communications

The National Interscholastic Athletics Administrators Association or NIAAA offers Registered Internal Athletics Administrator Certification certificates for those ADs that wish to add this to credential to their name and resume. The costs are 75.00 USD per course, payable at the door of the course. For those not interested in this credential, the original CEESA conference fee will cover the courses.

James S. Matter

James or Jim ,received his Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology from Eastern Washington University in 1983 and his Masters in Health Education from Whitworth College in 1986.

He has had over 20 years of Overseas Athletic Administration in Gaum,Torreon,Mexico and Warsaw Poland.

He is a founding member and course developer of the recently accredited International Athletic Administrator Program sponsored by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association or NIAAA. In his free time, he likes to swim.

Matthew Fleming

Matt Fleming is currently the Athletic Director at the American International School of Budapest, Hungary since 2008.

Prior to Hungary, Matt spent six years as Athletic/Activity Coordinator and PE teacher at the International School of Latvia, specializing in new program development. Originally from Akron, Ohio, Matt has coached a variety of sports and levels in international schools along with organizing many tournaments/festivals.

Over the past seven years, he has been very active in leading Professional Development opportunities for the Central Eastern European Schools Association Athletic Director’s and Activity Coordinators through his association with the USA-based National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Matt has been a key contributor to collaborative efforts between CEESA, the NIAAA, and the Canadian Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. These endeavors have lead to the development of courses adapted from the NIAAA to meet the unique needs of AD’s in international school settings. The primary goals of being to provide PD opportunities, enhance the repertoire of AD’s, and provide best-practice strategies for education-based athletics in International Schools.

Matt has achieved the highest level of certification through the NIAAA by earning the Certified Master Athletic Administrator title. He also holds a BS Ed. From the University of Dayton, and MS Ed. from the University of Akron.

Additional Info

  • Timetable: Saturday, Session 4-5, 09:30-10:55-break-11:05-12:30 Loreta