2014 March

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Public Invited to Bruce Larsen Sculpture Unveiling at the Academy

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The Paralympian is one of three pieces that composes the new cycling sculpture by artist Bruce Larsen. The cycling sculpture will be unveiled during a ceremony open free to the public at 1730 (5:30 p.m.) on Thursday, 3 April 2014, on the Academy’s campus.

Public Invited to Bruce Larsen Sculpture Unveiling at the Academy

The Academy is inviting the public to the unveiling of their newest sculpture by the 2009 Sport Artist of the Year and local “found object” artist, Bruce Larsen. The newest addition to the Sport Sculpture Park will be unveiled at 1730 (5:30 p.m.) on Thursday, 3 April 2014, on the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala.

The addition will be the largest sculpture in the nearly 2,000 piece collection of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), which is open free to the public Monday through Friday 0800 (8:00 a.m.) -1700 (5:00 p.m.).

The first piece of the sculpture will be 12 feet tall and will depict an old-style cyclist. This piece will be unveiled by Mr. Robert Campbell III, Esq., the Chairman of the Academy’s Board of Trustees and an Attorney in Mobile, Ala.

The second piece, depicting a Paralympian cyclist, will be unveiled by Ms. Nancy Raia, the Community Arts Director at the Eastern Shore Art Center and Chairperson of the Academy’s Art Committee. Thirdly, Mr. Dane Haygood, the Mayor of Daphne, will unveil the final piece depicting an Olympian.

Last but not least, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President and CEO of the Academy, and the artist, Bruce Larsen, will unveil the plaque dedicating the 24-foot sculpture.

The theme for the sculpture was selected in part by the Academy’s role as a transition point in the upcoming 263-mile Gulf Coast Interstate Relay.  The Relay, which includes runners and cyclists, will begin in New Orleans, La., on Friday, 4 April 2014, and will conclude in Pensacola, Fla., on Sunday, 6 April 2014.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.

The United States Sports Academy is Offering Free Courses to the Public

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The Academy is offering two free online courses available to the public year-round, including an Introduction to Coaching and a course on Sport Art Appreciation.

Students wanting to pursue a degree from the Academy, but who are unfamiliar with online education, can use these free courses to familiarize themselves with the details and the process.

The Introduction to Coaching course includes six units: Ethics, Administrative Principles, Methodology and Pedagogy for Sports Coaching, Sports Conditioning and Nutrition, Injury Management for Coaches, and Sport Psychology. Supplemental materials including videos, up-to-date articles and other readings are used to enhance and augment the program.

Whether a student is an experienced coach wanting to refresh their knowledge or just simply wanting to coach their child’s little league team, this free course would be a useful resource.

The Sport Art Appreciation course explores the works of the Sport Artists of the Year chosen by the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) since 1984. Once you’ve completed this free course, you will understand the sport artists’ contributions to contemporary sport art history and have a deeper appreciation of the cultural context of sport, its relationship to art, and the masters of that art.

The Academy offers its courses 100% online, allowing students to take courses from wherever they want and rolling enrollment allows students to begin courses whenever they are ready.

The final exam for both courses is open book, which means you may use your text during the exam. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and does not include a time limit. Those who score 70% or higher on the final test may purchase Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and receive a certificate of completion. 

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.

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Blair Buswell, 1990 Sport Artist of the Year, Continues to Impress

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Blair Buswell contributed to a marvelous city-block long sculpture wagon train monument in Omaha, Nebraska.

blair-buswell_v0The 1990 Sport Artist of the Year, Blair Buswell, continues to amaze his fans with awe-inspiring sculptures across the country.

Buswell, the second sculptor to be honored as the Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year, is known for his lengthy list of larger-than-life monuments of famous sport’s figures, such as the former University of Alabama head football coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant; former professional golfer, Jack Nicklaus; famous baseball player, Mickey Mantle; and most recently John Wooden, the former head coach at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Buswell has been responsible for sculpting nearly 70 busts of the Professional Football Hall of Fame inductees since 1993. Patrons can enjoy Buswell’s pieces in art galleries across the United States from Hilton Head Island, S.C., to Breckenridge, Colo.

Along with sculpting artists, Kent Ullberg and Ed Fraughton, Buswell took on the largest project of his career to date, when he accepted the task of sculpting a city-block long sculpture of a wagon train monument in 2002. The piece features a life-size wagon train that adorns the streets of downtown Omaha, Neb.

Buswell was also honored with the responsibility of sculpting the medallions for Super Bowl XIX through Super Bowl XXI and the Doak Walker Award, which is given annually to the top collegiate running back.

The United States Sports Academy Board of Trustees commissioned Buswell to sculpt a bust of Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, the Academy’s founder and President. The sculpture currently adorns the lobby of the Academy for visitors to view.

Buswell is a board member of the National Sculpture Society and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Board of Directors of the Utah Arts Council. In addition to being a member of the Northwest Rendexvous Group, a Western art group, he is also a member of the Prix de West Society, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

After becoming an all-conference sprinter and being named one of the best art students at his alma mater, Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, Buswell transferred to Utah State University (USU) to study illustration. Soon after, Buswell transferred once more to Brigham Young University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Art Education on a scholarship. As if this wasn’t ambitious enough, he also served as a running back for the USU Cougars, who at the time were a nationally ranked football team.


Announcing the Academy’s new relationship with the ECSS

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It is with great pleasure that we are announcing a new relationship with the European College of Sport Science (ECSS). Based in Cologne, Germany, ECSS is an international non-profit organization founded in 1995. Its purpose is the promotion of science and research, with special attention to the interdisciplinary fields of sport science and sports medicine.

The Academy is certain that this new relationship will cultivate a culture of collaboration on sports related research and academic sharing to advance the sports profession. We view this as a mutually beneficial development not only for the institutions, but to our faculty students as well.

ecss14-1024x445We would also like to take opportunity to announce the upcoming 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science in Amsterdam on 2 through 5 July. The theme is “Sports Science Around the Canals”. The venue is the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, only 15 minutes away by train from Schiphol Airport and near the old city center of Amsterdam.

By attending this congress you have an excellent possibility to discover or contribute to ‘Sport Science around the Canals’.

For more information please view the official ECSS Congress website.

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Paralympian Portion of New Cycling Sculpture Released

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The 2009 Sport Artist of the Year, Bruce Larsen, released the first segment of his newest sculpture depicting cycling that will be featured as part of the Academy’s Sports Sculpture Park. The piece, depicting a Paralympian, is the first of three or four that will compose the 24-foot sculpture.

The unveiling, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, 3 April 2014, will be open free to the public.

The theme for the new sculpture was selected in part by the Academy’s role as a transition point in the upcoming 263-mile Gulf Coast Interstate Relay. The Relay, which includes runners and cyclists, will begin in New Orleans, La., on Friday, 4 April 2014, and will conclude in Pensacola, Fla., on Sunday, 6 April 2014.


Olympians Ahn and Seung-hi Voted February Athletes of the Month

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After one week of online voting, the Academy announced their 2014 February male and female Athlete of the Month recipients. Russian short-track speed skater, Viktor Ahn, captured first place in the men’s division, while Park Seung-hi, a short-track speed skater from South Korea, sped to first in the women’s.

Ahn who is not unaccustomed to first place, recently captured three gold medals in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, last month. The 28 year old earned his medals in the short track men’s 1000 meter race with a winning time of 1:24:102, the men’s 500 meter race with a winning time of 41.312 seconds and in the men’s 5000 relay. In addition to his gold medals, Ahn earned a bronze medal in the men’s 1500 meter race.

Seung-hi, a fellow Olympian, received two gold medals and one bronze medal during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Seung-hi, 21, received gold in the ladies’ 1000 meter race with a winning time of 1:00:761, and the ladies’ 3000 meter relay with a winning time of 4:09:498. Seung-hi’s bronze medal was earned in the 500 ladies’ meter finals.

The second place winner in the men’s division went to Renaud Lavillenie, a French pole-vaulter, who broke the world record for indoor pole vaulting at the Pole Vault Stars in Ukraine with a height of 6.16 meters (20.21 feet).

Also in second place in the women’s division is Genzebe Dibaba, an Ethiopian middle and long-distance runner who set three separate world records within 15 days. The first record, which Dibaba beat by three seconds, is the 1500 meter world record with a time of 3:55:17. The second record was broken in the women’s indoor 3000 meters by nearly seven seconds with a time of 8:55:04. Dibaba also broke the two-mile record with a time of 9:00:48, which is nearly six seconds less than the previous record holder.

Malcolm Smith of the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks landed in third place in the Athlete of the Month’s men’s division. Smith was named the Most Valuable Player of the XLVIII Super Bowl game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, 2 February 2014. The Seahawks overpowered the Broncos 43-8 at the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

Tina Maze, a Slovenian ski racer, took third place in the women’s division after earning the gold medal in both the women’s giant slalom race with a winning time of 1 minute, 18.99 seconds and the women’s downhill with a time of 1 minute, 41.57 seconds at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

First place recipients, Ahn and Seung-hi, are now eligible for the Academy’s male and female 2014 Athlete of the Year Award. For the 30th consecutive year, the Academy will oversee the worldwide online voting that will take place in December. This prestigious award is currently done in conjunction with NBC Sports.

The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nomination and ballot voting processes. Visit the Academy website at www.ussa.edu to submit your nominations each month, and then return to the website during the first two weeks of each month to vote for the male and female Athletes of the Month. The votes along with an Academy committee choose the winners who become candidates for the Athlete of the Year. The monthly and yearly winners are announced on the Academy’s website and in the sports university’s online edition of The Sport Update.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.


Golis Named 1st Women’s Head Lacrosse Coach of Keystone College

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Sarah Golis, who is pursuing a Master’s in Sports Medicine/Sports Management with an emphasis in Recreational Management and Sport Psychology from the Academy, has recently accomplished an ambitious achievement.  On Wednesday, 1 January 2014, Golis was selected as Keystone College’s first-ever head coach of the women’s lacrosse team.

Golis looks forward to competing at the varsity level in the spring of 2015 as a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III member of the Colonial States Athletic Conference. The Giants will play their 2014 home games on the College’s new $3.4 million artificial turf field and track complex on Keystone’s campus in La Plume, Calif.

Prior to accepting this position, Golis served as the College’s athletic coordinator, assisting the director of athletics in duties such as managing team operations and fundraising budgets, securing team transportation and assisting in game management.

In the spring of 2013, Golis was named an Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist by the American Council on Exercise in San Diego, Calif., designated by the National Strength and Conditioning Association in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Before beginning her career in sports, Golis earned a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies with a specialization in Public Relations and Advertising from Misericordia University in 2011.


Alumna Ivana Rich Makes Great Strides in Volleyball Career

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The credo “invigorated, zealous and energized” written on the insignia of Ivana Rich’s Delta Sigma Theta Sorority membership also reflects the coaching association she belongs to and embodies the volleyball teams for which she has played. Rich keeps good company as she passionately pursues her goals while maintaining balance in her life.

After returning from recruiting players at the 2014 Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Girls Volleyball Championship in Las Vegas, Rich explained that in addition to skillful physicality, passion is the quality she looks for in new players.

Rich played middle blocker and right-side hitter for four seasons on the Division I women’s volleyball team at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). During her senior year, she served as team captain and led the Lady Rams to their first regular-season conference championship in the university’s history. Finishing with a total of 384 blocks in 117 career matches, Rich became the lead blocker in VCU history, in addition to achieving a VCU chart-topping, single season hitting percentage of .332.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU in May 2009, Rich served as the volunteer assistant women’s volleyball coach at Division II Chowan University. In 2010, she helped lead them to a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship.

In 2011, Rich was hired as the head volleyball coach at Division II Virginia State University (VSU). In 2012, Rich led her team to a 13-3 conference record finishing second in the CIAA Northern Division and guided her team to 14 wins during the regular season, the most wins by a VSU volleyball team since the 2004 season. Rich was subsequently named the recipient of the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association Minority Scholarship, which helped her earn a Master of Education in Counselor Education from VSU in July 2012.

In her final year at VSU, she led the team to a 17-11 record. In addition to winning a CIAA Northern Division title, the team also had five all-conference selections, including the 2013 Rookie of the Year. Rich was also named the 2013 CIAA Coach of the Year. During the 2013 season, she and her team also managed to focus on the community by dedicating 30 hours to community service per week.

After influencing many people while spiraling through the Virginia sports network, Rich set aim at her alma mater and as of Thursday, 16 January 2014, she became the assistant volleyball coach at Division 1 Coastal Carolina University.

Continuing to keep good company among the elite in the world of sports, Rich enrolled at the Academy in the fall of 2013, where she is seeking a Doctor of Education in Sports Management. She says the Academy experience is a perfect fit because the program’s flexibility affords her the opportunity to address her busy professional schedule and personal life-style while pursuing her degree online.

Rich said her philosophical approach of using volleyball as an instrument to coach student-athletes to becoming better people on and off of the court is grounded in her up-bringing. She attributes her work ethic and goal-seeking characteristics to her mother, Dr. Michelle Belle, who was the recipient of the first doctoral degree from VSU. Her father, Alfonso Belle, served as a football coach at the high school and semi-professional levels for more than twenty years.


UNC Coach Sylvia Hatchell named 2013 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award Winner

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Sylvia Hatchell accepts 2013 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award presented by Dr. Mark Janas during half-time of the last home basketball game on Sunday, 2 March 2014.

The Academy is proud to announce Sylvia Hatchell, University of North Carolina’s (UNC) head women’s basketball coach, as their 2013 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award winner.

Hatchell was presented the award on Sunday, 2 March 2014, by UNC and Academy alumnus Mark Janas at the last regular-season game in Chapel Hill, NC.

With a long career of coaching success, Hatchell earned her way to more wins than any other active head coach, holding a record of more than 900 victories over a 39-year reign as a head coach.

As result of her great success, she was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2013, accomplishments all contributing to the Academy’s decision to honor her with this award. The three-time national coach of the year became the tenth UNC Coach to become a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, all other nine being men.

Likewise, in 2013 Hatchell became the third women’s basketball coach in history to reach 900 wins, second to former University Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.

While serving as the head coach of women’s basketball at the University of North Carolina for 28 years, Hatchell has led the Lady Tar Heels to a 1994 National Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship, three Final Fours, eight Atlantic Coast Conference titles, and six 30-win seasons.

In 1994, Hatchell led the United States to a gold medal in the R. William Jones Cup and the silver medal at the World University Games in 1995. She also served as an assistant coach to the United States team that won a gold medal in 1988, along with numerous other successful coaching roles. In addition to her coaching positions, Hatchell served as the 1996-1997 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association president.

In 1994, Hatchell’s alma mater, Carson-Newman, named her the Distinguished Alumna of the Year and she was later inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. Similarly, she was honored with her induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005 and the North Carolina and South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Although Hatchell was raised in Gastonia, North Carolina, she traveled to Jefferson City, Tennessee to obtain her bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Carson-Newman in 1974 and her master’s degree the following year at the University of Tennessee.


Distinguished Service Award Presented to Longtime Track and Field Coach

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Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Academy President and CEO, presented Mr. Vic Godfrey (right) with a Distinguished Service Award in Daphne, Ala., on Thursday, 6 March 2014.  A longtime track and field coach, Godfrey was the first National Faculty member to serve the Academy internationally when he went on assignment to the Kingdom of Bahrain in 1977.  Godfrey, currently the cross country coach at Watertown High School in South Dakota, continues to serve on the Academy’s National Faculty.

People, Places and Programs

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Joe Castiglione, the Director of Athletics at the University of Oklahoma and the Academy’s 2012 Carl Maddox Sports Management Award recipient, will be recognized as Oklahoma City University’s (OCU) 2013-14 recipient of the Abe Lemons/Paul Hansen Award for Sports Excellence. Castiglione will receive the award during the annual OCU Sports Spectacular dinner and auction on Wednesday, 2 April 2014, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Trustee Joan Cronan was recently recognized by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal’s “The Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business.” Cronan was recognized for her role as the administrator of what arguably became the most successful women’s athletic department in history at the University of Tennessee.

Goldman_thumbAcademy Trustee Dr. Robert Goldman (left), the Founder and Chairman of the International Sports Hall of Fame (ISHOF), recently co-hosted the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The ceremonies were held on Saturday, 1 March 2014, during the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio, with more than 175,000 spectators in attendance.

A delegation of coaches from Jones County Junior College (JCJC) in Ellisville, Miss., visited the Academy on Friday, 14 February 2014. This delegation, which was led by Dr. Jim Walley, JCJC’s Vice President of External Affairs, visited to discuss the Academy’s academic degree programs and ways the two organizations may be able to collaborate in the future.

The Academy’s former Curator and current Art Committee member Robert Zimlich will have his photographs included in Dr. Arthur Evan’s “Beetles of Eastern North America,” which will be released on the 23rd of May 2014. While the majority of the 1,406 photographed species are Dr. Evans’, four of Zimlich’s beetle photographs were chosen for inclusion in what will be the first beetle handbook produced in 30 years.

The 2014 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championships will be held from 5-13 April 2014, in Salinas, Ecuador.

The 2014 International Olympic Committee (IOC) World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport will be held from 10-12 April 2014, in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

“WISE – Work In Sports Exhibition” has announced that it will host the first ever International Convention for Careers in Sports from 7-8 May 2014, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The 3rd Annual International Surfing Association (ISA) World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championships will be held from 3-11 May 2014, in La Boquita and Granada, Nicaragua.

The 2014 World Leisure Congress will be held from 7-12 September 2014, in Mobile, Ala.

The 2nd Strength, Conditioning, and Sports Therapy Research Symposium will be hosted by Coventry University on Thursday, 5 June 2014, in Coventry, United Kingdom.

The 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science entitled, “Sport Science Around the Canals,” will be held from 2-5 July 2014, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The Fifth International Conference on Sport and Society will be held from 16-17 July 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 2014 International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES) Congress, “Global Perspectives on Sports and Physical Cultures: From Past to Present,” will be held from 22-25 September 2014, in Doha, Qatar.

The 3rd World Scientific Congress of Combat Sports and Martial Arts will be hosted by the University of Rzeszow from 15-17 October 2014, in Rzeszów, Poland.

The 12th International Symposium for Olympic Research will be hosted by the International Centre for Olympic Studies (ICOS) from 30-31 October 2014, at Western University in Ontario, Canada.

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held from 5-21 August 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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