Mary Beth Spirk (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 2002)
United States Sports Academy alumna Mary Beth Spirk has more than 30 years of basketball coaching experience and recently added another title to her resume as the athletics and recreation director at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. Spirk is the winningest women’s basketball coach in Moravian’s history with 579 wins, ranking among the top active Division III coaches. She was promoted to the role of Moravian’s director of athletics and recreation, becoming the school’s first ever female athletic director. Spirk earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2002 while working as a coach at Moravian.
Paul Smith (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 2002)
Academy alumnus Paul Smith, who was recently promoted to principal at Smithville High School in Texas following a long career in football coaching, education, and administration, says he uses his Academy degree “every day.” Smith was promoted after most recently serving as Smithville’s assistant principal and proving himself as a “patient and consistent leader” who is “committed to being responsive to parents and supportive of campus staff while keeping the focus on student success,” according to the Smithville Independent School District. He earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management in 2002.
Corey Lewis (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 2005)
Veteran coach and educator Corey Lewis recently used his master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy to transition into a role as a high school principal in Hartsville, S.C. Lewis was recently promoted to principal at Hartsville High School, where he had previously served as assistant principal since 2010. In addition to administrative work and classroom teaching, Lewis also previously served as the school’s varsity baseball coach and assistant football coach. Lewis earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2005.
Joshua Steffen (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 2007)
United States Sports Academy alumnus Joshua Steffen was recently named head basketball coach at the nation’s second oldest all-women’s college. Steffen, who has 17 years of coaching experience including 12 at the collegiate level, was hired to take the reins of the women’s basketball program at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. Steffen earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 2007, while he was working full time as the head women’s basketball coach at Concordia University Chicago (CUC).
Scott Novack (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 1997)
United States Sports Academy alumnus Scott Novack was recently hired as the program operations manager for the USA Rugby Men’s Eagles Sevens team. The Colorado native earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 1997 and participated in a mentorship at Brunel University in London, where he met other students and administrators who helped to spark his interest international sports like rugby. Novack has more than 18 years of experience as a sports administrator, managing Olympic and national teams that have won eight Olympic medals, seven world championships and more than 60 World Cup medals.
Dr. Tim Dornemann (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2014)
Dr. Tim Dornemann said his doctoral degree from the United States Sports Academy has been beneficial to his career as an educator, scholar, writer and international instructor. Dornemann earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2014. He is the director of sports performance at Barton College in Wilson, N.C., where he oversees the strength and conditioning programs for the institution’s 21 intercollegiate athletic teams. He coordinates and teaches in Barton’s exercise science program and studies the use of vibration training and rotary inertial training in athletic development. Dornemann is a member of the Academy’s National Faculty, a group of highly qualified faculty who teach in the Academy’s international post-secondary non-degree education programs. He was one of the instructors who took part in the Academy’s 2012 pilot program to train 1,000 Malaysian physical education teachers to improve the fitness of that nation’s youth. Since then, Dornemann has also has taught for the Academy in Bangkok, Thailand and China.
Lance Noble (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 2005)
An accomplished soccer player, coach and administrator at virtually every level of the game, United States Sports Academy alumnus Lance Noble is using his skills as the soccer club director for one of the nation’s largest youth recreation and athletics organizations. Noble earned his Master of Sports Science degree in Sports Coaching at the Academy in 2005. He is club director for Texas Thunder, a youth soccer organization of the Plano Sports Authority (PSA), which offers the largest non-profit youth soccer program in Texas. The PSA offers year-round youth soccer for more than 500 teams in the Plano, Texas, area. Overall, the PSA serves more than 130,000 youth in nearly 20 sports each year.
Dr. Lindsey Schroeder (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2017)
Dr. Lindsey Schroeder, who recently became the 5000th graduate in the history of the United States Sports Academy, is using her Academy doctoral degree to pursue her dream career of teaching and serving in a clinical position at the college level. Schroeder is an assistant professor and the clinical education coordinator for the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) Athletic Training Program within its School of Health and Applied Human Sciences. She recently completed her Academy Doctor of Education degree in sports management with a dual emphasis in sports medicine and sports theory, stating with pride that she’s the first woman in her family with a doctoral degree.
Barry Haley (M.S.S. – Sports Management – Sports Management – 1988)
Highly regarded athletics administrator and United States Sports Academy alumnus Barry Haley has been named 2017-18 Athletic Director of the Year by the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association (MSSADA). A Middleton, Mass., resident, Haley has more than 30 years of service as a high school athletic director and more than 40 years working in school sports programs. He has worked as the athletic director at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School in Concord, Mass., since 2006. Haley earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management in 1988, while he worked as an athletic trainer and physical education teacher at Malden (Mass.) Catholic High School.
Dr. David Peterson (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2014)
United States Sports Academy honoree and alumnus and non-resident faculty member Dr. David Peterson has written a textbook which was recently published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. The book, “A Practical Guide to Personal Conditioning,” connects the science of exercise with the real-world application to sport and human performance. A longtime U.S. Navy Commander, Peterson earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management with a health and fitness emphasis in 2014. He was the Academy’s 2015 Alumnus of the Year for his outstanding service in the armed forces. He recently accepted as position as an assistant professor of kinesiology at Cedarville University in Ohio. Peterson’s textbook is available here: http://www.jblearning.com/catalog/9781284149685/
Scott Garvis (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 2005)
United States Sports Academy alumnus Scott Garvis, who has worked as the athletics and activities director at Newton (Iowa) Senior High School for five years, was recently hired for a similar position at Ankeny (Iowa) Centennial High School. Garvis earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2005. A native of Worthington, Minn., Garvis has more than 20 years of experience as a coach and athletics administrator in Iowa, Minnesota and Washington. Garvis earned his Academy degree while working as athletic director and assistant principal at Muscatine (Iowa) High School.
Drew Richards (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 2013)
Academy alumnus and University of North Carolina Pembroke (UNCP) men’s basketball associate head coach Drew Richards was recently recognized as one of the top assistant coaches in the country. Richards was honored as one of the best assistant coaches in NCAA Division II by CoachStat.net, a website that uses analytical data to compile a comprehensive ranking of men’s basketball coaches in a variety of categories. CoachStat.net said the list, which featured 25 top Division II assistant coaches, was “balanced by a wide scope of basketball, administrative, community and other responsibilities. These coaches excel in the stat sheets, developing their players, meeting their lower level limitations and succeeding despite them.” Richards earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2013.
Ernie McCook (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 1999)
After spending nearly two decades as an assistant football coach at one of NCAA Division II’s most successful programs, United States Sports Academy alumnus Ernie McCook has been promoted to head football coach at the same program. McCook spent 18 years as an assistant coach for the Rams of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., working his way up from position coach to offensive coordinator to assistant head coach for legendary coach Monte Cater, who recently retired after 31 years. A successful offensive coach, McCook was promoted to head coach in January 2018. McCook earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 1999. He pursued his degree while continuing to work in the coaching field, first at Wesley College in Dover, Del., then at Shepherd.
Karen M. Carty (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 2009)
Academy alumna Karen M. Carty is using her master’s degree to lead the sports marketing program at Louisiana’s Grambling State University (GSU). A native of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Carty is completing her first year as the assistant athletics director for marketing and communications at GSU. Prior to Grambling, Carty worked in the athletics department at South Carolina State University (SCSU) as the director of marketing and in media relations for the school’s volleyball, women’s soccer, women’s basketball and softball teams. Carty earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2009.
Aimee Fador (B.S.S. – Sports Management – 2009)
Aimee Fador was a highly regarded high school basketball player who could have gone to college on an athletic scholarship, but, like many people, special family circumstances kept her from leaving home to attend college immediately after high school graduation. A former high-level basketball player at Waterford (Conn.) High School, Fador was recruited by several Division I and II basketball programs. However, circumstances led to her choosing to stay home to be close to family. She never lost sight of her goal to become a basketball coach, and in 2009 she was able to take advantage of the United States Sports Academy’s online program to earn her Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports management. Fador is now works at the Williams School – a small, liberal arts private school on the campus of Connecticut College in New London, Conn. Fador is the assistant athletic director, physical education and health teacher, and varsity girls’ basketball coach at the school.
Dr. China Jude (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 1996)
Dr. China Jude said her education from the United States Sports Academy gave her the knowledge and confidence to excel in the world of collegiate sports, which led to her recent hiring to a senior athletics administration position at the University of Wyoming. Jude recently made a long-sought jump to NCAA Division I upon being hired as the senior associate athletics director for administration and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) at the University of Wyoming. She began her new position on 1 February 2018. She was named the Academy’s 2011 Alumna of the Year for her work as the assistant vice president of athletics and athletics director at Queens College in New York City, where she oversaw the athletics department’s 19 NCAA Division II varsity sports for more than six years.
Darryl Nance (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 1991)
Academy alumnus Darryl Nance has been presented the Frank Kovaleski Professional Development Award, a national honor given annually to an administrator who has made significant contributions and demonstrated excellence in professional development at the local, state and national levels. After nearly 30 years as a high school coach and teacher, Nance has served as the director of athletics for Greenville County (S.C.) Schools since 2015. The Frank Kovaleski Award is presented by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), of which Nance is a member.
Jody Hodgson (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 1995)
Jody Hodgson, the manager of one of the largest sports arenas in North Dakota, says his United States Sports Academy master’s degree and participation in the institution’s mentorship program helped launch his career in the sports facilities management field. A resident of Grand Forks, N.D., Hodgson is the general manager at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, which is known for hosting University of North Dakota (UND) hockey and men’s and women’s basketball games. For his master’s degree mentorship program, Hodgson worked for head coach and general manager Jean Person of the San Francisco Spiders of the International Hockey League, an experience he said gave him the knowledge and contacts he needed to secure employment in sports management.
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Chad Lunsford (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 2002)
Academy alumnus Chad Lunsford, who served on the staff that led Auburn University to the 2010 BCS National Championship in football, has been promoted to head football coach at Georgia Southern University (GSU) in Statesboro, Ga. Lunsford was named the Eagles’ head coach after serving in an interim role since October, when he was promoted from assistant head coach.
Joe Toomey (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 2002)
Academy alumnus Joe Toomey used his Academy master’s degree to build on his skills as a coach and expand his career to school administration, a move that recently earned him the position of principal at one of Alabama’s most historic high schools. Toomey is principal of Murphy High School in Mobile, Ala., known for its longtime academic excellence and historic role as the state’s oldest high school.
Joe Underwood (M.S.S. – Sports Medicine – 1987)
Successful athletic trainer, television production teacher and United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Joseph Underwood has added to his long list of accomplishments by being named to a prestigious fellowship from the National Education Association (NEA). Underwood was recently named an NEA Foundation Global Fellow, where he will serve in a year-long professional development program designed to enhance global education and competency in grades K-12 in the United States. The program culminates with an international field study in South Africa in the summer of 2018. He has worked at Miami (Fla.) Senior High School since 1985. He worked as the school’s head athletic trainer between 1987 and 2000, while also serving as the television production teacher, a position he still holds.
Dr. Dave Shrock (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2009)
Nationally acclaimed track and field leader, coach and professor Dr. Dave Shrock was named the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Alumnus of the Year. Shrock has served in numerous leadership roles for USA Track & Field (USATF) and has coached track and field at various levels for more than four decades. He earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2009.
Dr. Bonnie Tiell (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2004)
Academy alumna and honoree Dr. Bonnie Tiell earned the Provost Award, the highest annual honor given to a faculty member at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. Tiell, who earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2004, is a professor of sport management at Tiffin University. She has been widely recognized for her contributions to intercollegiate athletic administration and global sports governance. She is the founder and co-director of the Olympic Academic Experience (OAE), a program through Tiffin University that offers students from around the world the opportunity for on-site study of the organization, supervision, and management of international sport venues and elite competition in an Olympic host city. She is also co-founder of a humanitarian program for underprivileged youth in Olympic host cities with fellow United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Francis Dove-Edwin, who serves as co-director.
Dr. Sandra Geringer (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2017)
Dr. Sandra K. Geringer says the United States Sports Academy has opened doors for her in many ways, including the opportunity to teach abroad, earn her doctorate, and teach Academy students as the newly appointed Director of Sports Studies. Geringer completed her Doctor of Education degree in sports management with an emphasis in sport marketing, with honors. She began her doctoral studies with the Academy in 2015 and worked her way up to become the Acting Director of Sports Studies in 2016. At the time, she was taking Academy doctoral courses while also teaching students. The “acting” portion of her title was removed after she completed her doctorate, launching her career as Director of Sports Studies.
Dwight Hornibrook (M.S.S. – Sports Studies – 2008)
Academy alumnus and longtime collegiate soccer coach Dwight Hornibrook was named head coach of the women’s soccer team at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. A native of Fredericton in New Brunswick, Canada, Hornibrook had previously served as an assistant coach at Cornell for five seasons and as the team’s interim head coach before the promotion. He earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports studies from the Academy in 2008 with honors while he was working as men’s soccer coach at the State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland.
Dr. Michael Armstrong (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2012)
Former college football player, current high school football coach and United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Michael Armstrong was honored as the Strength Coach of the Year in South Carolina. Armstrong is the assistant athletic director, head strength coach and offensive line coach at Lugoff-Elgin High School (LEHS) in Lugoff, S.C. He earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2012. He recently was named the South Carolina Strength Coach of the Year by the state’s Athletic Coaches Association and High School Strength Coaches Association. He became eligible for the award after winning the same honor in the state’s 4A division.
Dr. Ben Billman (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2017)
Dr. Ben Billman, a graduate of the United States Sports Academy doctoral program, joined the sport management faculty at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. Billman served as a doctoral teaching assistant for three years on the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala., and earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management with an emphasis in sports leadership. He was hired by Carson-Newman as an assistant professor.
Dr. Donna Clemons (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2017)
With a successful career as a business owner in health and fitness already established, Dr. Donna Clemons used her doctoral degree from the United States Sports Academy to launch an additional career as a college faculty member. A native of Mattoon, Ill., Clemons said her Academy degree helped her to earn a position as chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Exercise Science at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala.
Mike Leach (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 1988)
Academy alumnus and Washington State University head football coach Mike Leach visited the sports university’s campus in Daphne, Ala., where he first learned the skills that he says “ushered me into coaching.” Leach, a native of Cody, Wyo., is the Academy Alumni President and a past winner of the Academy’s Alumnus of the Year Award.
Robb Bolton (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 2007)
After experiencing firsthand the difficulties of a personal battle with cancer, United States Sports Academy alumnus Robb Bolton is using his Academy education to benefit the lives of cancer survivors in Southern California. A resident of Newbury Park, Calif., Bolton earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2007. He is the founder and CEO of Cancer Fit, a non-profit organization that provides free exercise and wellness programs, education and resources for adult and childhood cancer survivors in Southern California. Along with his work at Cancer Fit, Bolton is the associate director of campus recreation at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. At Pepperdine, Bolton works with students, faculty and staff to achieve their fitness and health goals. He will also work to assist Pepperdine as it builds a new and improved recreation facility.
Dr. Joseph Spears (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2011)
Academy alumnus Dr. Joseph Spears, who used his Academy doctoral degree to earn a position as a college faculty member, is now seeking to provide elected service in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Spears, who lives in Maryland, is an assistant professor of sports management at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md., where he also serves as NCAA faculty athletic representative. At Bowie State, Spears teaches courses in sports management and conducts research on sport and its relationship to the economy, religious institutions and stakeholders in the community. Spears recently announced his intention to run for public office, seeking the District 27A seat in the Maryland House of Delegates in the 2018 election.
Jaymie Cox (Dual M.S.S. – Sports Coaching and Sports Management – 2017)
Academy alumna Jaymie Cox said her master’s degrees and mentorship experience from the Academy helped her to solidify a strong sports education, took her overseas and helped her to secure her job as the head coach of a collegiate volleyball program. Cox, who earned dual Master of Sports Science degrees in sports coaching and sports management from the Academy, is the women’s volleyball coach and assistant athletic director at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash.
Dr. Karla Faye Jones (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2015)
Alumna Dr. Karla Faye Jones said the United States Sports Academy’s knowledgeable, experienced faculty and flexible scheduling options were important factors in her decision to obtain a doctoral degree from the Academy. Jones serves as the chair of the Health and Physical Education Department and the chair of the Worksite Wellness Committee at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte. She also teaches sport management students at Charlotte-area schools Johnson C. Smith University and Queens University of Charlotte.
Daniel Acosta (B.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 2008 and M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 2010)
Long-time athletic scout Daniel Acosta, founder and chief executive officer of College Scout Bureau, said his education from the United States Sports Academy propelled his career as he progressed through the ranks of athletic scouting. Acosta holds two degrees in sports coaching from the Academy: his Bachelor of Sports Science in 2008 and Master of Sports Science in 2010. He is a lifelong baseball player, coach, and scout. He started working on his own scouting company, which would later become College Scout Bureau, in the 1990s. Today, the company connects high school student athletes in baseball, basketball, soccer, football, softball, swimming, and volleyball with college athletic programs that fit their needs and skills.
Khalid Galant (M.S.S. – Sports Medicine – 1994)
Academy alumnus Khalid Galant, chief executive officer of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS), said the Academy’s unique global focus was a major factor in why he chose to earn his master’s degree from the institution. Galant, who lives near Cape Town, South Africa, earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports medicine from the Academy in 1994. He has served as the CEO of SAIDS since 2008.
Joe Stewart (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 1991)
Academy alumnus and Madison Plains (Ohio) High School boys basketball coach Joe Stewart was recognized by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association (OHSBCA) for collecting his 300th career victory. Stewart is known in Ohio as one of the state’s foremost boys basketball program rebuilders, having taken five separate programs from “worst to first” in their respective conferences. He was inducted into the OHSBCA District 14 Hall of Fame in 2014. Named the head coach at Madison Plains High School in London, Ohio, two years ago, he led the Golden Eagles to a 13-9 record this season, the school’s first winning season in any boys sport in seven years.
Jennifer Saylor (Dual M.S.S. – Sports Medicine and Sports Coaching – 2001)
Academy alumna Jennifer Saylor, a successful volleyball coach with experience at both the high school and collegiate levels, was named head coach of the women’s volleyball program at Rockford University in Rockford, Ill. Saylor previously spent five years as head volleyball coach at both Morton High School in Morton, Ill., and the Capital Volleyball Academy in Madison, Wisc. She also served as head volleyball coach for four years at Lake Forest College in Illinois as well as six years at Illinois College. She has also coached softball at the collegiate level.
Aaron Muhic (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 1996)
Aaron Muhic, who has more than 21 years of head basketball coaching experience in the United States, has taken on a new professional adventure — coaching in Canada. The Academy alumnus is currently rebuilding the men’s basketball program at Trinity Western University (TWU).
Torre Becton (M.S.S. – Sports Studies – 2014)
Academy alumnus Torre Becton is using his Academy education to climb to high levels in the college football coaching world. Becton – who earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports studies in 2014 – was hired as the head strength and conditioning coach for the University of California Berkeley football team.
Dr. Mark Janas (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2011)
Inventor, innovator and business developer Dr. Mark Janas, a United States Sports Academy alumnus, developed and launched a virtual racing platform designed to revolutionize the world of endurance racing and charitable fundraising, the latest of many products he has created to integrate sport and technology. Janas, who earned his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management with a sports medicine emphasis in 2011, was the Academy’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year. His latest invention, RevoRace.com, is a platform that can be used as a fundraising tool for schools, charities, sports teams and fundraising events.
Judy Fox (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 1992)
Academy alumna Judy Fox is using her master’s degree from the Academy to improve the lives of people in underprivileged and underserved communities around the globe, a lifetime goal inspired by a class project from her studies at the Academy. Fox, a 1992 Academy graduate with a Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching, is the founder and president of Ignite International, a non-profit Christian organization which uses the universal language of sport to enrich, encourage and empower the lives of people around the world.
Brion Packett (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 2011)
Academy alumnus Brion Packett was named as the first Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at the new Philip Simmons High School in Wando, S.C. Packett has served nine years at Stratford High School in Goose Creek, S.C., at various times as a teacher, soccer coach and resource specialist. Philip Simmons High School, which is currently under construction, will begin its first season of athletic competition in 2017. He said he was intrigued by the opportunity to be part of the opening of a new school.
Dr. Jamie Kootz (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2016 and M.S.S. – Sports Health and Fitness – 2010)
Dr. Jamie Kootz said her dream of becoming a teacher of health and fitness at the college level is being fulfilled thanks to her education at the United States Sports Academy. In fact Kootz, who earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports health and fitness in 2010 and her Doctor of Education degree in sports management in 2016, was hired to teach at two universities in Kansas: Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina and MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe. Kootz, who resides in Salina, teaches sports management, health and fitness courses. Her Academy doctorate has a sports leadership specialization with an emphasis on sports health and fitness.
Scott Schumacher (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 1990)
Blinn College athletic director and men’s basketball coach Scott Schumacher said his degree from the United States Sports Academy has been crucial to his long term success in the world of collegiate athletics. Schumacher – who earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 1990 – said he still applies the lessons he learned from his Academy education to his career today, 26 years later. Based in Brenham, Texas, Blinn is a two-year institution with four campuses and more than 19,000 students.
Chip Hunnicutt (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 1996)
For alumnus Chip Hunnicutt, a master’s degree from the Academy opened the door for him to turn his passion into his profession. Hunnicutt – an avid outdoorsman and hunter – said his 1996 Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy led to a career in marketing the kinds of products he often used while pursuing outdoor sports. Hunnicutt was hired as the director of marketing for Arcus Hunting, a holding company for some of the hunting industry’s leading brands. Arcus designs and manufactures products for the Tink’s, Dead Down Wind, Obsession Bows, RamCat Broadheads, Trophy Taker and Big Game Butter brands.
Dr. Barbara H. Long
Dr. Barbara H. Long (M.S.S. in sports medicine and sports health and fitness, 1989) has been elected as a commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), which assures quality in the athletic training profession through the evaluation and accreditation of academic programs in athletic training. Long is head of the Division of Professional Studies, professor and chair of Health and Human Sciences and director of the athletic training program at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va. She has a long history of leadership in athletic training, including co-authoring a book that assists athletic training students in preparation for the Board of Certification examination.
Dr. Thomas E. Sather
Dr. Thomas E. Sather has achieved Associate Fellow status by the Executive Committee as a member of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA). Selection as an Associate Fellow honors members of the AsMA who have contributed to the Association in a positive manner. The Aerospace Medical Association is the largest, most-representative professional membership organization in the fields of aerospace medicine and human performance. The Association has provided its expertise to a multitude of Federal and international agencies on a broad range of issues, including aviation and space medical standards, the aging pilot, pilot mental health screening, and physiological stresses of flight.
Mr. Daniel Acosta-Laureano (M.S.S. – Sports Science – 2010, B.S.S. – Sports Coaching- 2008)
Acosta-Laureano has been working in professional baseball for over 15 years as a strength and conditioning coach, and as a hitting and catcher instructor. Along with his wealth of expertise, Acosta-Laureano owns a college recruiting company which exposes young athletes to potential colleges for placement. Currently, he serves as the field manager for the Florida Jets, a professional baseball organization that plays in the South Florida Winter League.
Mr. Denny Williams (M.S.S. – Sport Management – 2011)
Denny Williams has been appointed Acting Deputy Director of Athletics at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany Indiana. As such, he will assume a greater level of administrative responsibility in the athletic department. Williams is responsible for all elements of athletic facility management, supervision of personnel; game management, operations, facility scheduling, and supervision. He also assists in the overall management of the athletic program. Williams serves as Chief of Staff for the athletic department and oversees office support staff. Additional responsibilities include coordinating all team travel planning and scheduling.
Mr. Ed Comeau (M.S.S. – Sports Science – 2008)
Ed Comeau has been appointed head coach for Team Canada at the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Syracuse, NY. He was also selected as Head Coach of the Georgia Swarm of the National Lacrosse League. Starting in January 2016, the Swarm will begin playing at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., just outside of Atlanta.
Mr. Lance D. Noble (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 2005)
United States Sports Academy alumnus Mr. Lance D. Noble graduated in 2005 with a Master of Sport Science Degree in Sports Coaching. He is now the Executive Director of the Capitol Area Youth Soccer Association (CAYSA) in Manor, Texas. CAYSA governs the greater Austin Area and is one of the largest youth soccer associations in the country.
Dr. Jay Mehrhoff (Ed.D. – Sport Management- 2001)
United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Jay Mehrhoff graduated with honors in 2001 with a Doctor of Education Degree in Sports Management. Dr. Mehrhoff, Associate Professor and Director of Athletics at East Central College, was awarded the NACDA Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award – Junior College/Community College Division for 2014-15 at the NACDA Convention in Orlando, Florida this past June. This was the second time Mehrhoff has won the award as he received the same honor in the 2010-11 academic year. Currently, Mehrhoff serves in various leadership roles throughout junior college athletics: President of the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference, NJCAA Assistant Men’s Region 16 Director and Chair of NJCAA Men’s Division I Soccer.
Dr. William Galen Hoffman (Ed.D., 2015 Honors)
United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. William Galen Hoffman graduated with honors in 2015. Dr. Hoffman is currently an Associate Professor in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb. He graduated with honors from the Academy in 2015.
“Because of where I live, the nearest university with a doctoral program is several hundred miles away. The online format at the Academy allowed me to complete a degree which I may not have been able to complete otherwise. The structure of the courses was very streamlined and easy to follow. ”
Hoffman notes that his research and writing skills have greatly increased because of his studies through the Academy. These skills, he said, will benefit him greatly moving forward with his career.
George Efthymiou (M.S.S., Sport Coaching)
United States Sports Academy student George Efthymiou organized a charity event to help raise money for the Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society. The charity event, “I-Fitness Day 3,” took place at the European University of Cyprus on April 19, 2015. With the money raised at the event and others like it, the Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society is able to provide home care services, psychosocial services, physiotherapy, and develop campaigns regarding cancer prevention and screening. Efthymiou is currently in the Master’s program studying Sports Coaching at the Academy.
Dr. Stephanie Harrison-Dyer (Ed.D, 2015)
Stephanie Harrison-Dyer successfully defended her dissertation for the United States Sports Academy on 15 May 2015. She is currently working as the Assistant Athletic Director at Albany State University (ASU). She is also the Senior Woman Administrator and the Director of Compliance for the university. As part of her position, she has interaction with the male and female student athletes involved in the eleven sports that are offered at the ASU. Now that she has completed her dissertation and received her doctorate, Dr. Harrison-Dyer said that she would like to “sit down somewhere,” and hopes to one day become the Athletic Director for Albany State.
Mr. Sean Leveroos (M.S.S., Sport Coaching, 2007)
Leveroos, who graduated the Academy with honors, was chosen the new head coach for the varsity football team at Summerville High School in Tuolumne, Calif. Leveroos is an alumni of the school (Class of 1994) and a former player, having handled defensive back and running back duties while a member of the Bears. Leveroos went on to play at Modesto (Calif.) Junior College before transferring to Sacramento (Calif.) State University and graduating in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. He went on to coach football at Riverbank (Calif.) High School, first as freshman coach and then as the head coach of the varsity, before moving on to an assistant coaching position at Modesto. Eventually, Leveroos returned “home” to Summerville and served as defensive coordinator at Summerville the last seven seasons before being chosen to run the program.
Mr. Ray Alvarado (M.S.S., Sport Coaching, 2006)
After serving in a part-time capacity as women’s basketball coach at the College of the Sequoias (COS), Alvarado has been appointed to a full-time position at the Visalia, Calif., school. Now a full-time instructor in the COS health and physical education department, Alvarado becomes the first full-time coach for the college in 23 years. The promotion comes on the heels of Alvarado’s finest season thus far with the Giants, having directed the team to unbeaten conference record and 29-4 overall. Alvarado previously coached high school girls and boys teams in California as well as the women’s team at Fresno City College. A football player at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif., he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Fresno (Calif.) State University.
Dr. William Dixon (M.S.S., Sport Management, 2001)
Dixon, the Cleveland County (N.C.) school district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, died unexpectedly April 24 with the cause of death unknown. Dixon was a newcomer to the district, having only been in his position since August 2014. Previously, he had served in a similar capacity for schools in Colleton County, S.C., and as a principal at Weldon (N.C.) STEM High School and James Simons (S.C.) Elementary School. Dixon graduated South Carolina State with a bachelor’s degree in history education before starting his 21-year career in education. After graduating from the Academy, he earned a specialist degree from Cambridge College in School Leadership and his doctorate in education from Walden University. He had been a successful basketball coach at the high school level, leading one team to a South Carolina state title and twice earning coach of the year honors. He is survived by his wife, La’Toya Thomas-Dixon, and his two children, Mitchell and Xavier.
Ms. Christina Epps (M.S.S., Sport Management)
A graduate of Coppin State University (CSU) in Baltimore, Md., in the spring of 2014, Epps has continued to pursue her track and field endeavors while serving as an academic advisor at CSU and taking classes at the Academy. Her emphasis in the classroom is sports psychology. In the athletic realm, it’s the triple jump – and she excels in it. Currently, Epps has the second-best mark in the event posted in the U.S. this year when she went 45-4.5 at an April 18 meet. She also won the event at the Penn Relays, jumping 44-2.5 on April 25. A Moorestown, N.J., resident who represents the Garden State Track Club at meets, Epps has her eyes on the USA Track & Field outdoor championships, set for Eugene, Ore., in late June, when Team USA will be selected for the Pan-American Games and IAAF World Championships this summer. Epps still has to meet the international qualifying standard, which is about a foot farther than she has gone. But she has increased her jump by two feet in the past year.
Ms. Jane Bolin (M.S.S., Sports Management, 2004)
Bolin, who graduated the Academy with honors, was selected as one of South Florida’s most influential business women and participated in a special one-on-one mentoring event March 30 in conjunction with that honor. Bizwomen Mentoring Monday, sponsored by the South Florida Business Journal, focuses on helping women in the workplace and chose Bolin as one of 40 elite individuals to educate other women how to succeed in that realm. The Managing Partner and CMO of leading community association law firm PeytonBolin, she is recognized as an entrepreneur, speaker, coach and leader. Bolin also holds degrees from Radford University (B.A.) and St. Thomas University School of Law (J.D.).
Mr. Andrew Johnson (M.S.S., Sports Coaching, 2010)
Johnson was named athletic director at Lehigh Carbon Community College, located in the Allentown, Pa., area in mid-March. A veteran coach, he most previously had been working at Delaware County Community College in Media, Pa., as the Director of Wellness, Athletics and Recreation, and also had served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Division III Widener University the last 12 years. Johnson also holds a bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven (Pa.) University.
Mr. Timothy Barnhill (M.S.S., Sports Management & Sport Coaching, 2014)
Barnhill and Kati M. Blue, both of Salina, Kansas, announced their engagement, with a wedding planned this June 27. Barnhill and his bride-to-be earned bachelor’s degrees from Wichita State University before Barnhill went on to earn a dual master’s at the Academy.
Craig T. Bogar (Ed.D., Sports Management, 2011)
Bogar has a new position with the American Public University System, based in Charles Town, W.Va. He is Faculty Director, School of Health Sciences and Associate Professor, Sports Management. The former Dean of Student Services, Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance, and the Director of Administration at the Academy, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Bryant (R.I.) University and a master’s from the University of Maryland. Bogar resides in Spanish Fort, Ala., and has worked as a project coordinator for pre-doctoral training at the University of South Alabama and as an athletics director at Loyola University New Orleans and the University of Mobile.
Art Mota (M.S.S., Sports Coaching/Sports Psychology, 2013)
Mota is the head coach for the women’s soccer team at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore., and earned Coach of the Year honors for the South Division of the Northwest Athletic Conference. His team finished second in the division after quadrupling its win total from the previous season. It also doubled its goal scored and halved its goals allowed as two of his players were named all-stars. Mota, who earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Fresno State University, is a professor in the physical education department of the school.
Michael Relucio (Sports Medicine Certification Program, 2010)
Relucio works as a Fitness Manager for the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif., overseeing the High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) program. He also currently runs the Sports Massage program for the base. Relucio has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years and holds bachelor’s degrees in physical education and holistic health, and a master’s degree in leadership.
Abdulrahman Ali Buali (IDSM, 2005)
Academy Alumnus Abdulrahman Ali Buali, who completed an International Diploma in Sport Management in 2005, was elected on November 29, 2014 to the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Parliament representing the Muharraq Governorate: Eighth Constituency.
One month ago the Kingdom of Bahrain held elections for their Parliament and Abdulrahman Ali Buali was elected. This is significant because Bahrain is among the first Arab Monarchy’s that has open elections for a bicameral representational parliament.
The Academy has a long relationship with Bahrain that began in 1977 providing coaches and sports scientists to GOYS to assist in the development of their national sports effort. Over the decades that followed, the Academy worked with numerous organizations in the country on a host of sports education programs.
Adam Reeb (M.S.S., Sports Studies, 2010)
Adam Reeb, an alumnus of the Academy, had a successful tennis season as Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill. During the 2013-2014 season, the men’s team boasted 19-7, taking fourth place at the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Tournament and qualified for the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships. This was the first time in McKendree University history to qualify for a national tournament. The men’s team also ranked 6th in the Midwest Region and 50th in the nation. In addition, the men’s team received 1 ITA All-Academic Team nomination, 9 ITA Scholar-Athlete nominees, 1 GLVC Team Academic All-Conference nomination, and 12 GLVC Academic All-Conference nominees last year.
The women’s team was also proud to record 18 wins and only 6 losses in addition to being the top academic team overall in the GLVC conference. This past 2013-2014 season, the women’s team had 1 ITA All-Academic Team nomination, 10 ITA Scholar-Athlete nominees, 1 GLVC Team Academic All-Conference nomination, and 10 GLVC Academic All-Conference nominees last year.
Reeb has a masters in sports science from the Academy and graduated in 2010 with honors.
Jason Medlock (Ed.D.)
Jason Medlock recently accepted a position as the Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Research and Economic Development for Athletics at Grambling State University, in Grambling, La. Medlock spent his doctorate mentorship at Grambling State University developing a strategic plan, enhancing academic programs and making suggestions to their policies and procedures. Having only been a member of the faculty for approximately four months, Medlock has made significant headway successfully implementing revenue drivers in digital media and reorganizing the athletic department’s organizational chart. He has also authored the athletic department’s five-year strategic plan, launched a new sales and sponsorship strategy, developed a new athletics advancement strategy and re-launched athletics radio broadcast selling radio sponsorships and creating new sponsorship packages for Grambling State.
Jason Fonseca (M.S.S., Sports Management & Sports Coaching, minor in NCAA Compliance, 2011)
A graduate of the Academy’s Masters of Sports Science program, Fonseca has recently published the book Great Scots! Scottish Men whom Shaped, Changed and Created the Modern World. This biography takes the reader on a journey to meet the Scotsmen whom with their imagination and genius, created our modern world. Throughout its pages, the reader encounters the individuals who brought the telephone, the television, the toilet, the paved road, the bicycle, radar, the ATM and PIN, standard time, and the gas lantern to fruition. The reader also travels to the origins of some of the most popular sports in the world; curling, football (soccer), shot put, weight throw, hammer throw and golf. Also, Fonseca introduces accounts such as the first and second Scotsmen to play Major League Baseball. Professional American Football firsts and finally the Shot Heard Around the World.
Fonseca is currently seeking employment in Physical Education around the New York City area.
Chris Johnson (Ed.D., Sports Management)
Johnson is a nationally recognized Fitness Consultant and Athletic Performance coach and owner of Improve with Chris. In addition to training athletes, he is the CEO and Co-Founder of PROformance, LLC, and current President and Co-Founder of Reach your Peak. Johnson is also the author of PR Pace: Strength & Performance Training for Distance Runners. He has made numerous appearances in the media including The Boston Globe and Runner’s World Magazine. In the past, Johnson worked as Head Strength & Conditioning Coordinator and Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at the collegiate level. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Sports, Fitness and Health to further enhance his other accreditations and certifications in injury prevention and performance enhancement.
Joey Woody (M.S.S., Sports Coaching, 2013)
Woody is currently the Director of Track and Field and Cross Country at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Prior to this position he served as the Associate Head Track and Field Coach.
Matthew Reed (M.S.S., Sports Coaching, 2014)
Reed was recently hired as assistant coach to wide receivers and assist in special teams and video editing at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. Prior to this position, Reed also served as a wide receivers coach at Main Maritime in Castine, Maine. In addition to coaching, Reed has experience assisting in study hall, strength and conditioning, travel, recruiting, advising, play-by-play announcing, and teaching.
Doug Wharam (Ed.D., Sports Management)
Wharam is the current Associate Head Coach for the Nashville Aquatic Club in Nashville, Tenn. He was recognized as a top 10 finalist for the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Age Group Coach of the Year. Wharam is currently pursuing his doctorate at the United States Sports Academy.
Mary Beth Spirk (M.S.S., Sports Management, 2002)
In January 2014, Spirk achieved her 500th win as Head Women’s basketball Coach at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. Her current record stands at 507-238, which ranks Spirk in the top 25 in the nation for victories among active Division III coaches.
Joe Davenport (M.S.S., Sports Management, 2005)
Davenport was recently selected as the second men’s basketball coach in Daley College history. Daley College is a community college located in Chicago, IL. Coach Davenport earned his master’s in Sports Management from the Academy in 2005.
Clay Harrelson (M.S.S., Sports Fitness & Health, current student)
Harrelson is a former college football player who has managed a personal training company. He is currently finishing his master’s degree in Sports Fitness & Health. He is mentoring with Robert Taylor and Smarterteamtraining.com. At the website, STACK.com, Harrelson has provided some expert advice on “3 Challenging Workouts You Can Do With a Pull-Up Bar.” To view, click here: http://www.stack.com/2014/06/10/pull-up-bar-workouts/
Brian Jackson (M.S.S., Sport Administration, 2005)
Jackson was recently promoted to Athletic Director at Crestwood High School in April 2014. He reinstated boys and girls cross country after not fielding a team for the past 14 years. Jackson earned his master’s in Sports Administration from USSA in 2005.
Aaron Settle (Ed.D., Sports Management, 2005)
Settle, ATC, CSCS, was recently promoted to full Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Health and Human Performance at West Virginia State University. Settle earned his doctorate from the Academy in 2005 in Sports Management.
Dan Kehlenbach (M.S.S., Sports Medicine, 2003)
Kehlenbach graduated with honors in 2003 with a master’s degree in Sports Medicine. He recently co-authored a book entitled, Distance Cycling, with John Hughes. The book was published by Human Kinetics (http://www.humankinetics.com/products/all-products/distance-cycling). The authors also hosted a webinar on century/200K training through Human Kinetics to 400 listeners that is available on the book’s site.
Jason Hamil (Ed.D.)
Hamil is the current high school soccer coach at Academic Magnet High School in Charleston, SC. His team recently won its second Class 2A state championship this past spring. The squad finished with a 19-4-2 record and was ranked #50 in the nation. Hamil was named NSCAA Small School Coach of the Year for the third year in a row and High School Sports Report 2A Coach of the Year for the second time in three years.
Md. Jais Bin Ismail (CER, Physical Education and Coaching, 2013)
Ismail, from Malaysia, received an International Diploma in Physical Education and Sports Coaching in 2013. Ismail is currently a sports instructor in the state of Putrajaya, teaching sports training and health education. One of Ismail’s areas of specializations is coaching swimming.
Tim Johnson (M.S.S., Sports Studies, 2006)
Johnson graduated with honors in 2006 with a degree in Sports Studies. He also recently received a second master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the American Military University. Johnson recently got married, and he and his wife, are expecting a baby in November.
Lance Noble (M.S.S.Sports Coaching, 2005)
Noble graduated in 2005 with a master’s degree in sports coaching. He is currently the general manager of the Texas Strikers, a professional indoor soccer team that plays in the Major Arena Soccer League and is based in Beaumount, Tex.
Jean-Claude Rabbath (M.S.S.)
Rabbah, from Dubai, is an accomplished high jumper and currently a master’s student at the Academy. He is pursuing his degree in Sports Medicine and Sports Studies. He placed first in the high jump in the 2006 Asian Games in Doha-Qatar. He won the gold medal with a winning jump of 2.23m. His performance is available for viewing at http://youtu.be/9X1fVsM3O9E.