Dr. T.J. Rosandich

Dr. T.J. Rosandich

Vice President

Dr. T.J. Rosandich serves as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Academy, where he earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees. In addition to having oversight responsibility for the Academy’s administrative and financial functions, he also chairs the Institutional Effectiveness Committee and is responsible for international programs.

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Dr. Stephen Butler

Dr. Stephen Butler

Dean of Academics

Dr. Stephen Butler is the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Academy. Previously, he served as an administrator, faculty member, and curriculum developer in higher education at several institutions. Butler serves on the Board of Directors of the Big Sur International Marathon.

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Dr. Fred Cromartie

Dr. Fred Cromartie

Director of Doctoral Studies

Dr. Fred Cromartie earned his doctorate and master’s degrees from the Academy and was named the school’s 2002 Alumnus of the Year. He is the Academy’s director of doctoral studies and has held several management positions during his 20 years there.

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Dr. Arthur Ogden

Dr. Arthur Ogden

Chair of Sports Management

Dr. Arthur Ogden has more than 45 years of experience in education as a vice president of academic affairs, a head football coach at the high school, junior college, and collegiate levels, an athletic director at the high school and collegiate levels, a dean of liberal arts, a graduate dean and a college president.

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Dr. William Wirt Edwards

Dr. William Wirt Edwards

Chair of Sports Exercise Science

Dr. Wirt Edwards is Chair of the Department of Sports Exercise Science at the Academy. He has over 15 years of teaching experience at the college level. At Sam Houston State, he played on two NAIA national championship golf teams.

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Dr. Michael J. Fredrick

Dr. Michael J. Fredrick

Chair of Sports Studies

Dr. Michael J. Fredrick is the Chair of Sports Studies and a faculty member here at the Academy. He has developed curricula and taught physical education at the college level for the past 21 years. In addition, he has provided sport psychology services to several high school, college sport teams during the past two decades.

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Dr. Timothy Foley

Dr. Timothy Foley

Dean of Student Services

Dr. Tim Foley is the Dean of Student Services and a faculty member at the Academy. He has five years of collegiate teaching experience in business and physical education. Foley has three years of collegiate baseball coaching experience.

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Dr. Rob Hudson

Dr. Rob Hudson

Director of Library/Archivist

Dr. Rob Hudson is Assistant Professor, and Director of Library /Archivist, at the United States Sports Academy. Prior to his employment at the Academy, Rob spent three years as an Assistant Professor & Librarian at Lakehead University, School of Law in Canada, and two years as Lecturer in Law at Qatar University, Faculty of Law, in the Middle East. Also, he was Associate Dean for the Law Library at Phoenix School of Law. In total, Rob has ten years of legal practice experience in areas such as employment and international law. He has taught law courses in many areas of law both online and in classroom settings. His degrees include a Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS), Educational Technology Specialist (Ed.S), and a Law Degree (JD). He is a member of the Nevada State Bar and the American Bar Association. He teaches SAM 486 Sports Law and Risk Management.

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Dr. Brandon Spradley

Dr. Brandon Spradley

Acting Director of Continuing Education & Executive Director of the Alumni Association

Dr. Brandon Spradley earned his doctoral degree from the Academy in Sports Management, while focusing his dissertation on concussion awareness and education. He serves as the Acting Director of Continuing Education and the Executive Director of the Academy’s Alumni Association. Dr. Spradley was a track and field sprinter at the University of Alabama, where he completed his master’s and bachelor’s degrees.

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Dr. Bret Simmermacher

Dr. Bret Simmermacher

Chair of Sports Coaching

Dr. Simmermacher is currently the Chair of Sports Coaching at the Academy and recently re-located from New Mexico where he was a teacher/coach at Artesia High school in Artesia, New Mexico. He taught in the special education department as an inclusion teacher in the History department. He was an assistant varsity baseball coach and did the off-season conditioning for all male athletes. He spent six years at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM as an Instructor/Head Baseball Coach. He originally came to the Mobile, AL area in 1981 on a baseball scholarship to the University of South Alabama and played for the legendary Eddie Stanky. Upon Coach Stanky’s retirement in 1983, he transferred to the University of West Florida, where he graduated with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health, leisure, and sports/physical education in 1986. He received his Doctor of Sport Management degree from the United States Sports Academy in 2003. Dr. Simmermacher taught and coached golf, girls’ basketball and baseball for 15 years in Crestline, Ohio. During his time in Ohio he taught and coached a variety of sports at three different schools. From 2000-2005 he was the head golf coach, head girl’s basketball coach, and the head baseball coach for Crestline High School. From 1995-1997, Dr. Simmermacher coached baseball at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio in a part-time capacity. His 1995 team made the school’s first trip to the NCAA Division II College World Series.

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