2011 August

Chizik to Accept the 2011 Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award at the Academy in Daphne

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Gene Chizik

In just his second season as Auburn University’s head football coach, Gene Chizik guided his team to a perfect 14-0 record and won the BCS National Championship, which has earned him the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award.

Chizik, a 23-year coaching veteran, is scheduled to accept the award at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15 at the university’s campus in Daphne, Ala. The award ceremony is planned in the Academy’s main gallery. The annual award goes to an individual who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach and who exhibits a high standard of propriety, imagination, and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.

In 2008 when he was named coach, Chizik inherited an Auburn team that had finished with a 5-7 record. He quickly began rebuilding the program. Auburn defeated the University of Oregon in the BCS title game, which was selected as the Academy’s 2010 College Football Game of the Year. Auburn’s 2010 season was arguably one of its best in the school’s history. Despite a rugged schedule that included 10 games against bowl-eligible teams, Auburn finished undefeated. In fact, Auburn was the only team in the country that won seven games against teams ranked in college football’s Top 25. Plus, the season produced Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, who played quarterback.

Chizik also won many accolades following the 2010 national title, including four National Coach of the Year honors. Chizik, who served as Auburn’s defensive coordinator from 2002-04, proved he could be successful as a major college head coach in his first season with Auburn. The Tigers had an 8-5 record and a 2010 Outback Bowl victory, which made him the first head coach in Auburn history to lead his team to a bowl game in his first season. He is the third coach in Auburn history and only the third Southeastern Conference coach since 1992 to win his first five games as head coach.

His coaching career began as defensive coordinator in 1986 at Seminole High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., before he became a graduate assistant at Clemson in 1988. Chizik’s first full-time college coaching position came at Middle Tennessee State in 1990 and he has also coached at Stephen F. Austin, Iowa State and Texas.

Birmingham Southern College President Gen. Krulak Earns the Academy’s Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award

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Gen. Charles Krulak

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Charles “Chuck” C. Krulak earned the United States Sport Academy’s Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award for his longtime contributions to sport from his wrestling days at the U.S. Naval Academy to his military service as the commandant of the U.S. Marines Corps.

Now the president of Birmingham-Southern College where he is leading an effort to restore the private university’s financial health, Krulak has distinguished himself as an athlete, Marine and businessman.

Krulak was a standout wrestler at the U.S. Naval Academy and at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He earned induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1996.

A 35-year veteran of the Marines, Krulak was appointed in July 1995 as the 31st commandant of U.S. Marines Corps and was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired from the post in June 1999 and is credited during his tenure for annually increasing the USMC share of the Department of Defense budget by $1.5 billion to initiate a modernization effort that continues to benefit troops today.

Krulak’s military career included two tours of duty in Vietnam, serving in the Persian Gulf War and being the commanding general of the 2nd Force Service Support Group at Camp LeJeune, N.C., during the Gulf War. His military honors include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star Medal, three Bronze Star medals, two Purple Heart Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the French Legion of Honor, among many others.

After his retirement from the military, Krulak was named chairman and chief executive officer of MBNA Europe Bank in Chester, England in 2001. There he spearheaded a financial turnaround for the third largest credit card provider in the United Kingdom and the largest credit card provider in the Republic of Ireland. In 2004, he joined MBNA America Bank N.A. in Wilmington, Del., as vice chairman and chief administrative officer, where he was responsible for corporate development and acquisitions, personnel and education for the Fortune 500 company.

The Academy’s Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual in any amateur or professional sport, past or present, who has excelled as a contributor to both sport and society over at least a decade.

Professional Tennis Registry Partners with Academy on Master of Tennis Program

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The United States Sports Academy will begin providing continuing education units for the Professional Tennis Registry’s (PTR) new training program that teaches tennis professionals and coaches about improving the performance level of players.

The PTR Master of Tennis Performance Program was developed to give tennis coaches the knowledge, skills and assessment tools they need to help young players with potential progress in the sport. The first of three programs for players of different skill levels kicks off in July.

The program can be completed at the coaches’ own pace, allowing them to work around their full-time jobs. The 18 progressive courses include a mixture of online learning, home study and practical on court learning in small groups with fellow professionals. Coaches can complete the program in as few as nine months or in as long as two years. A maximum of 16 PTR professionals will be accepted to each program. Those who successfully complete the program will earn the rating of “PTR Master of Tennis – Performance.”

The Academy, which has continuing education affiliations with many sports bodies, will offer CEUs for the PTR Master of Tennis Performance. The PTR plans to debut the Master of Tennis Junior Development Program in February 2012 and an Adult Development Program will also get underway next year.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 14,000 members in 121 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.

Academy’s Iron Bowl Monument Adding Auburn Great Bo Jackson

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World renowned Fairhope sculptor Bruce Larsen (left) reviews a sketch of a new sculpture of Auburn Heisman Trophy Winner Bo Jackson being added to the Academy’s Iron Bowl Monument. With him are Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn (center) and State Rep. Randy Davis, R-Daphne (left).

The Iron Bowl Monument at the United States Sports Academy is about to get its first addition—a running back depicting 1985 Auburn University Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson.

World renowned Fairhope sculptor Bruce Larsen, who created the monument to pay tribute to the University of Alabama and Auburn University football rivalry that began in 1893, unveiled sketches recently of the new sculpture to Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn), State Rep. Randy Davis (R-Daphne) and Quentin Riggins, a football radio sideline reporter for Auburn’s ISP Sports Network.

Larsen’s plans for the addition of Jackson impressed Hubbard, who led Jackson’s publicity campaign for the Heisman as an Auburn Athletic Department sports information director. The current sculpture, which was dedicated by Alabama football coach Nick Saban in May 2010, shows a quarterback releasing the ball right as he is getting tackled by a defender.

“Bo was amazing and this is a great honor,” Hubbard said. “Bo loves this state and I know it will mean a lot to him to have this here.”

Larsen, the Academy’s 2009 Sport Artist of the Year, said he’s looking for a Mack truck engine as a part of the sculpture. Larsen is known as a found object artist because he uses other people’s junk to create magnificent sculptures.

“It’s hard to know what it will look like exactly but I want to make it very powerful,” Larsen said. “Bo was and still is such a powerful guy.”

The unveiling of the new statue of Jackson will be a part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport ceremony and is scheduled for around 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. In addition, the Academy’s Board of Trustees selected Jackson to receive the university’s Distinguished Service Award (DSA) in recognition of his many contributions and work with sick, troubled and disadvantaged children.

In 1985, Bo Jackson and the Auburn president attended the Academy’s Awards of Sport in Mobile to receive the institution’s Amateur Sportsman of the Year Award. Pictured at the presentation (left to right) are Jackson, Cheryl Miller, Howard Cosell, Eddie Robinson and Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich.

In 1985, Jackson and the Auburn University president came to Daphne to receive Jackson’s award as the Academy’s Amateur Sportsman of the Year. During that presentation, he also received a magnificent running back sculpture of himself by Oregon artist Ramon Parmenter.

Davis said he looks forward to seeing Larsen’s sculpture of Jackson added to the Iron Bowl Monument. Someday, it is envisioned this monument will consist of 22 football players on both sides of the line.

“I’m so excited about the work that Bruce Larsen does,” said Davis, who is a member of the Academy’s Art Committee. “I’m also proud of what the Academy does in the art arena. It is a jewel for everyone to enjoy in Daphne.”

The American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), a division of the United States Sports Academy, is acclaimed to be the largest sports art collection in the world. Founded in 1984, ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of more than 1,500 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. The museum is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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