Dr. Sós Csaba’s career full of success has reached another milestone. The Head of the Swimming and Watersport Department of the University of Physical Education (UPE) has been awarded the professor title. Mr. Sós, an essential character of the Hungarian swimming scene, who has been the head coach of Hungary's swimming team since 2017, has been teaching at the university for more than thirty years.
„The university professor title has a high rank, it is a wonderful feeling even to say it” says Dr. Csaba Sós, who has lead the department at UPE since 2008. “If I am not mistaken, I am the first in the Hungarian sport scene to receive the title as a national head coach or a person fulfilling a similar position. Based on my habilitation thesis, I wrote a monography that I submitted with the title ‘The development trends in swimming in world competitions between 1972 and 2017’. I managed to process a total of 14,000 data on nearly 200 pages although most of it consists of charts and tables.”
It is important to know that to be able to act as a university professor, one has to hold a PhD. For Hungarian citizens, habilitation or some equivalent international teaching practice collected in higher education is also required. You also has to be eligible for leading university students and those participating in PhD training, and you must be able to supervise the studies and academic work of teaching assistants.
“The thing about teaching is that I really love doing it, and this feeling will stay with me for the rest of my life”, added the 63-year-old expert who won a bronze medal at the 1977 European Swimming Championships.
As a head coach of the Hungarian swimming team, he also has to plan ahead as well. Similarly to his international colleagues, he is in an unenviable position. As known, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed and there is no guarantee that it will be held in 2021 due to the pandemic.
“Athletes, trainers, head coaches also suffer from the crisis caused by the pandemic” said Dr. Csaba Sós. “Currently it is not known whether the rescheduled Olympic Games will be held next year, however, one thing is sure. Our swimmers and trainers including myself will continue preparations for Tokyo 2021 and I am sure if it is finally held, we will be ready for the Games.”
photo: Hédi Tumbász, Nemzeti Sport