Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom

Vice President of Academic Affairs
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Dr. Tomi L. Wahlström is a multilingual, multicultural academic leader with expertise in teaching, business, academic management, consulting and clinical human services.

Before joining the United States Sports Academy as vice president of academic affairs, Wahlström served as acting dean at Schiller University and academic facilitation manager at Ultimate Medical Academy, both in Tampa, Fla.

He previously served for more than a decade at the American Intercontinental University (AIU) in Chicago, Ill., and Los Angeles, Calif., where he held numerous roles including lead faculty, program chair, associate vice president of academic affairs and dean of business.

Wahlström previously served as vice president of academic affairs at Argosy University in Tampa, Fla., dean of professional studies and human services at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla., and executive director of the Center for Social Responsibility and Community for the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta. He has also served on the faculty for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Colorado State University Pueblo and the University of Maryland.

In addition to his work in education, Wahlström has for more than a decade managed Otavala Consulting, Inc., a nationally recognized firm that specializes in strategic planning, organizational development and leadership in higher education. He previously owned management consulting companies Omni Management Group in Colorado and Apollo Consulting in Hawaii.
Throughout his career, Wahlström has specialized in management consulting, leadership coaching, career counseling, conflict mediation and public speaking. He has also served as a clinical/family therapist.

Wahlström holds a Doctor of Management degree from Colorado Technical University, a master’s degree in human resource management from the Hawaii Pacific University and a master’s degree in instructional design from Saint Leo (Fla.) University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hawaii Pacific.

Fred CromartieDr. Fred Cromartie

Director of Doctoral Studies
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Dr. Fred Cromartie is the Director of Doctoral Studies at the Academy. Cromartie is also an Academy alumnus, having earned his Doctor of Education and Master of Sports Science degrees here. Cromartie also holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree from Ripon College.

At the Academy, Cromartie has held various leadership positions including: Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Chair of Sports Studies, Chair of Sports Medicine, Chair of Health and Fitness Management, Chair of Sports Coaching, Executive Director of Alumni Relations and a member of the Alumni Associations Board of Directors, Director of Student Services, Director of Continuing Education, Distance Learning Faculty Member, Admissions Counselor and Graduate Assistant.

Cromartie was recognized for his service to the Academy by being selected as The Distinguished Alumnus of the Year 2002.

Brandon SpradleyDr. Brandon Spradley

Director of Sports Management
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Dr. Brandon Spradley earned his doctoral degree from the Academy in sports management and currently serves as the Director of Sports Management. Spradley previously served as the Director of Continuing Education working on international programs and special projects. He has been to Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates on international assignments helping to teach and develop sport education programs across the world.

Spradley’s dissertation focused on concussion awareness and education and he has been diligent about educating athletes and coaches about sport-related concussions. He has been involved in developing and facilitating concussion awareness programs in Mobile and Baldwin County and serves as a concussion educator for the Academy. Spradley played an integral role in helping the University of South Alabama educate more than 700 high school football players in Mobile County through the help of an NCAA grant.

Spradley was a track and field sprinter at the University of Alabama, where he completed his master’s and bachelor’s degrees. He was a four-time NCAA regional qualifier and a two-time NCAA national qualifier in track and field running on nationally ranked relay teams in 2009 and 2010.

Sandra GeringerDr. Sandra Geringer

Director of Recreation Management and Sports Studies
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Dr. Sandra Geringer has an extensive background in both education and sports. She is Director of Sports Studies at the United States Sports Academy, where she earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management.

Previously, Geringer served as Study Abroad Coordinator at Cuyahoga Community College in Highland Hills, Ohio, where she assisted students with opportunities to study abroad. At the same institution, she served as program assistant at the Global Issues Research Center.

She earlier served as an office manager for Project HOPE-Virginia in Williamsburg, Va., which is Virginia’s program for the education of homeless children and youth.

Geringer also has served as the assistant director of special events for the Athletic Department at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg,Va., and recreational coordinator at the Chagrin Valley Recreation Department in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Geringer has extensive experience as a tennis professional and has coached women’s and men’s tennis teams at the high school and collegiate levels. She was the interim head men’s and women’s varsity tennis coach at Cleveland State University in Ohio. She has held the position of tennis professional in the resort, private club, and recreational settings for over 15 years.

Geringer has taught numerous courses abroad for the Academy, including the International Diploma in Physical Education and Sport Coaching in Malaysia and the Sport Authority of Thailand Certification in Sports Management program.

She was a member of the women’s varsity tennis team and earned a bachelor’s degree in education with a major in sports management from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, in 1997, and a master’s degree in education with a focus on higher education administration from the College of William and Mary in 2011.

Rodney BlackmanDr. Rodney J. Blackman

Chair of Recreation Management
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Dr. Rodney Blackman is in his second year as a member of the Resident Faculty at the United States Sports Academy and Chair of Recreation Management program. Prior to the Academy, he has worked in a range of professional settings, including academia, where he has taught at the university level since 1997.

Blackman also has work experience in non-academic, public, and private sector positions. Collectively, Blackman’s education and professional experience have been primarily in the areas of leadership, management, marketing, programming, operations management, and administration – all in the context of sports, recreation, tourism, and leisure services delivery systems. In addition, his foremost area of expertise is in the legal aspects of sports, recreation, and leisure services.

Blackman has lived and worked in a number of different environments, including internationally, in Japan, Germany, and Russia. Also on the international scene, Blackman has spent several summers in Ireland, where he has led study abroad troupes and conducted research and development with the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

Blackman earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from The Master’s College in Los Angeles, Calif., and his Master’s Degree in Leisure Services Program Management from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. In addition, Dr. Blackman has the equivalent of a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington – and, he earned his Doctorate in Recreation from Indiana University, in Bloomington, Ind.

Bret SimmermacherDr. Bret Simmermacher

Chair of Sports Coaching
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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.

Dr. Brian WallaceDr. Brian Wallace, Ph.D., FACSM

Chair of Sports Exercise Science
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Dr. Brian Wallace is the chair of sports exercise science at the United States Sports Academy, where he previously served as chair of sport fitness and health. He has also served on the Academy’s National Faculty, a group of highly qualified faculty who teach in the institution’s international post-secondary non-degree education programs. He has served on numerous doctoral dissertation committees for the institution and directed the Academy’s Human Performance Lab.

After earning his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Florida State University (FSU), Wallace directed the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Fitness and Testing Center at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center. He also has served as senior vice president of applied physiology and nutrition for the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Fla., and executive director of the lifestyle and performance center at Evolution Sports Science in Boston, Mass.

Wallace has served as an adjunct professor at FSU, as well as a seminar speaker and consultant for Cross Country Education (Vyne Education). He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and has numerous publications in scientific, medical and fitness journals.

Wallace has an extensive research record and his certifications have included the ACSM and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has more than 30 years of experience with everyone from Olympic and professional athletes to cardiac and diabetic patients. This background has allowed Wallace to create a cutting edge physiologic testing system that blends the most recent advances in health, fitness, and nutrition science to identify individual strengths, weaknesses and needs.

Wallace earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in exercise physiology from Southern Illinois University.

Sara WeberSara J. Weber

Doctoral Teaching Assistant
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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.

Jason WilliamsJason J. Williams

Doctoral Teaching Assistant
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Jason J. Williams is a doctoral teaching assistant at the United States Sports Academy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Idaho and dual master’s degrees in business administration and sports business management from the University of Central Florida. He is also certified by Precision Nutrition, Functional Movement Systems and the National Strength & Conditioning Association and is also certified as a performance specialist by EXOS. Williams is also the owner of Williams Sports and Fitness in Foley, Ala. and has been an academic advisor at Columbia Southern University and a realtor with Meyer Real Estate in Orange Beach, Ala. Williams has also worked as an account executive for the New Orleans Hornets basketball team.

Wanyi TangWanyi Tang

Doctoral Teaching Assistant
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Wanyi Tang is a doctoral teaching assistant at the United States Sports Academy. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Beijing Language and Culture University, where she also participated in the university’s exchange study program at Kristianland University in Sweden, and a master’s degree in translation and interpreting (Chinese-English) from the University of Westminster. Prior to joining the Academy, Tang was a teaching assistant and lecturer at the School of Foreign Languages at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, where she taught undergraduate courses on intensive reading, listening and speaking and cross-cultural communication. She was previously a liaison officer for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of China.