KUALA LUMPUR: Many may view the transition of a national chief coach to a doubles coach at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) as a demotion.
But not Yap Kim Hock, who was the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) chief coach from 2004-2008.
As far as Kim Hock is concerned, he has just taken a step back to strengthen the game at the grassroots level out of his love and passion for the sport.
On Friday, the BAM approved a decision to appoint Kim Hock as the doubles coach in the BJSS set-up under the charge of chief coach Sun Chenhua.
In fact, it was Kim Hock who requested that he be placed at the sport school.
And Kim Hock is happy that the BAM decided to keep him.
“Usually, chief coaches do not stay around ... probably I am the first in the BAM to stick around. I am grateful to the BAM for giving me the opportunity to work with youngsters,” said Kim Hock.
“I cannot think of doing anything else except being involved in badminton. I have been involved in this game from a young age and I just love the game.
“I have the experience of having played the game and coaching the players at all levels. I want to continue doing what I love most. This is a new job and another new challenge for me.”
Kim Hock said that he had learnt a lot during his tenure as chief coach.
“I gained a lot of knowledge in managing people. It was quite a challenging task to deal with people. I learnt a lot,” said Kim Hock.
“I was also exposed to new methods of coaching and I worked with some of the best coaches — Misbun Sidek, Rexy Mainaky and Li Mao — and that was good.”
He was, however, dumbfounded about the inconsistent performances of the elite players when he was chief coach.
“We have the best coaches, facilities and incentives for the players. Our players are skilful and their techniques are good. But the players continue to be plagued with inconsistency,” he said.
“The coaches must find the best way to overcome this problem.”
Kim Hock will meet up with Chenhua today to discuss his programme for the future.
“The main tournament will be the 2010 Olympic Youth tournament (in Singapore).
“I will discuss my plans with the chief coach. It is my goal to prepare a solid doubles team for the country,” said Kim Hock.
There were some outstanding results when Kim Hock was chief coach with the senior side, including the 2006 Asian Games and 2007 All-England triumphs by Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.