Dr. T.J. Rosandich
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.
Dr. Stephen Butler
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.
Dr. Fred Cromartie
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.
Dr. Erwei Dong
Dr. Erwei Dong is the Chair of Recreation Management for the United States Sports Academy. He earned his doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and has more than 10 years of higher education experience in the United States. He has a combination of more than two hundred published peer-reviewed papers, book and book chapters, professional presentations and technical reports to his research. He is a co-founder of China and North America Leisure Studies Network (CN-ALS). He has also been appointed as a Dongfang Scholar (Eastern scholar at Shanghai University of Sports) by the city of Shanghai (China). He is an emeritus associate professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) and a research professor by University of Ryukyus (Japan).
Dr. Michael J. Fredrick
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.
Dr. Rob Hudson
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.
Dr. Arthur Ogden
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.
Dr. Vincent K. Ramsey
Dr. Vincent K. Ramsey is Chair of Sports Exercise Science at the United States Sports Academy. Prior to his employment to the Academy, Dr. Ramsey spent 10 years as a Lecturer at the University of North Georgia for the Department of Health and Physical Education and Recreation. He was also the CEO and LMT at Dynamic Therapeutics in Gainesville, Georgia where he provided medical massage, trigger point and myofascial release, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation as well as Swedish and cranio-sacral therapy.
Dr. Ramsey received his PhD in Physical Education & Sport Studies/Biomechanics from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia in 2002 and received his Master of Science in Exercise Science/Biomechanics in 1998 and his Bachelor of Science in Physics/Mathematics in 1996, both from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Throughout his career and education, Dr. Ramsey has completed many funded research projects. The most recent of them was in 2013, the Veterans to Veterans Home Winterization Project. This project was funded by Home Depot Foundation and through collaboration with the Northwest Georgia Homeless Veterans Shelter in Winder, Georgia, the group was able to enhance the living conditions of approximately 30 homeless veterans.
Dr. Brandon Spradley
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 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.
Dr. Bret Simmermacher
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.
Sara J. Weber
Ms. Sara Weber joins the Academy as a doctoral teaching assistant with over 20 years of experience working in sports communications. She most recently served as an editor at CBS Sports/Interactive in New York, NY. Weber also has several years of college sports information experience, working in the athletic departments at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, and the University of Tampa.
Weber, from Massapequa, NY, received her master’s degree from Hofstra, where she earned a degree in Communications. She received her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Pennsylvania State University.
Mr. Ben Billman joins the Academy as a doctoral teaching assistant with over 10 years of athletic coaching and teaching experience. Billman most recently served as the Assistant Athletic Director at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, OH. He also serves as an instructor at the University teaching a sports-related course. He served as an assistant basketball coach at the school from 2007-10.
Billman, from Circleville, OH, received his master’s degree in Sport Management from Liberty University in 2013 and his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Taylor University in 2007. He was a four-year letterwinner on Taylor’s tennis team.
Ms. Tonya Butler-Collins joins the Academy as a doctoral teaching assistant with over 10 years of experience teaching health, physical education and recreation courses at the higher education level. She most recently served as an Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at the University of North Georgia, in Dahlonega, GA. She has also taught classes at Gainesville State College and Georgia Perimeter College.
Butler-Collins, from Oakwood, GA, received her master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, in 2006 and her bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Georgia in 2001.
She served in the US Army for six years and is a Gulf War Veteran, receiving several medals for her service. Butler-Collins has published a number of articles and made several presentations on health and fitness topics.
Mr. Cory Schierberl joins the Academy as a doctoral teaching assistant with over seven years of experience in the health and fitness profession. He most recently served as the Master Fitness Trainer Mobile Team Lead Instructor at Anautics, Inc., where he helped with the implementation of the US Army’s new physical readiness training course know as Master Fitness Trainer Course.
Prior to his position at Anautics, he served as the Director of Operations at the GO: Sports Performance Center. Schierberl received his master’s degree in Coaching Education in 2012 from Ohio University in Athens, OH and his bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Community Health from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.
Mr. James Mattern joins the Academy after most recently working in the athletic department at Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, PA. He recently served as a graduate assistant in the athletics program and as the interim head coach of the school’s women’s swimming team.
Prior to working at Lock Haven, he worked in the sports information department at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Mattern received his master’s degree in Sports Administration from Lock Haven in 2014 and his bachelor’s degree from the school in Sports Administration in 2012.
Ms. Sandra Geringer joins the Academy as a doctoral teaching assistant, special appointment by the President. She has over 10 years of experience in sport administration focusing on tennis, athletic policy, accreditation and legal issues. She has also participated in the Academy’s IDPESC 2014 program in Malaysia as an educator.
Geringer, received her Master of Education in Educational Leadership – Higher Education Administration degree from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Science and Allied Professions, major in Sport Management from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH.