PETALING JAYA: Lee Meng Yean is ready to start a new coaching journey after parting ways with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
Meng Yean waved goodbye to BAM after 16 years as a player and coach in the national set-up.
The 29-year-old was appointed as women’s doubles coach in February 2022 before she was redesignated as junior coach in August.
As soon as she left, Meng Yean started her career as a professional coach with CPS Badminton Academy, owned by former mixed doubles great Chan Peng Soon.
Meng Yean is keen to impart her knowledge and experience she gained with BAM to budding young players.
“It has been 16 years and I’m really grateful to BAM for the trust and support all these years,” said Meng Yean.
“I’ve learnt that the key is to have a systematic training approach for players to progress.
“Personally, I think as long as I keep putting in dedicated effort to teach each player well, someone will notice my hard work.
“If there are players willing to learn, I’m confident I can help them improve,” added Meng Yean.
Meng Yean also thanked Peng Soon for giving her the new opportunity.
Meanwhile, BAM’s national coaching director Rexy Mainaky is on the lookout for Meng Yean’s replacement.
“We need another women’s doubles coach to assist current head coach Hoon Thien How,” he said.
“As for the junior coaching position, we will see first. If we have enough coaches in the current set-up, we will not look for anyone (to replace Meng Yean).”
Thien How is currently handling Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah, Anna Cheong-Teoh Mei Xing, Go Pei Kee-Low Yeen Yuan, Cheng Su Hui-Cheng Su Yin, and Lee Xin Jie-Tan Zhing Yi.