Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Cornerstone University, Dr. Marty Marra, visited the United States Sports Academy on Wednesday, 17 June, to defend her dissertation on the perceptions of athletic administrators towards gender equality in schools. Read More
Sport entrepreneur and United States Sports Academy doctoral student, Brad Nein, is helping coaches and players through the several companies and online resources that he has helped create.
Swimming has always been a passion for United States Sports Academy’s 2005 honors graduate, Mathew Luebbers. His dreams led him from being a swimmer in his hometown of Libertyville, Ill., to becoming the head swim coach for the Okinawa Dolphins Swim Team in Okinawa, Japan. Read More
The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for June. Following the selection committee’s meeting, a total of 12 candidates – six male, six female – from seven different countries comprise the list.
The original pool of those nominated was 40 before getting pared down by a vote from a panel of the Academy’s faculty and staff. The list includes standout golfer Jordan Spieth and tennis star Serena Williams.
Other male candidates are: Stanislas Wawrinka, tennis, Switzerland; LeBron James, basketball, United States; Jordan Spieth, golf, United States; Max Scherzer, baseball, United States; and Juan Pablo Montoya, racing driver, Columbia.
Other female candidates are: Inbee Park, golf, South Korea; Francena McCorory, track & field, United States; Charmaine Soh, netball, Singapore; Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, swimming, Vietnam; and Jenn Suhr, track & field, United States.
One male and one female will be chosen the winners as decided by the public. So, feel free to cast your vote today on our website, and encourage your friends to do the same. The full ballot is listed on the website www.ussa.edu, along with bios of what each athlete accomplished during the month. Voting will go until the July 10th.
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, visit www.ussa.edu.
The Youngstown State University (YSU) women’s golf team won the Horizon League Women’s Golf Championship for the first time since 2009 and for the third time in the history of the school. The win led the Penguins to their very first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Regional, fulfilling a goal of Mr. Nate Miklos, Penguins coach, who has been striving for his team to reach the Regionals since he started his career at YSU two years ago. Although the women were defeated at the South Bend Regionals held at the Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind., the team has pulled together to make school history and tackle some long-term goals.
Sometimes life takes you in directions that you had never thought you would go. The same is true for Jed Smith, a student at the United States Sports Academy, who is currently working toward his Doctor of Education in Sports Management. He was never really interested in being a coach, then one day all of that changed. Today, Smith is the Strength and Conditioning Coach of The University of Northern Iowa.
Many times when you ask someone to hear a tale from their childhood memories, they will tell you of the first time they had to get stiches or thought that they were lost in a department store. Not so for Olympic hopeful BMX athlete and United States Sports Academy student Felicia Stancil.
“I can literally visualize in detail the first time I rode a two-wheeler at the age of 3,” she said. Read More
The smile told it all.
Wide, genuine and showing two rows of pearly whites, all of which went quite well with the matching U.S. Navy dress attire, it shared some insight into the man, what he’s about and what he had just accomplished.
In successfully defending his doctoral dissertation at the United States Sports Academy April 29, U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Thomas E. Sather fulfilled a lifelong personal goal and it showed. The smile was hard to ignore. Grinning from ear to ear, and sharing hearty handshakes with those congratulating him on the accomplishment, Sather was a beacon of good vibes during a visit to the picturesque Eastern Shore campus.
A career service man who currently is a Naval Aerospace and Operational Physiologist stationed in Pensacola, Fla., completed the final aspect required of him to receive his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Sports Management with an emphasis in Sports Health and Fitness with the trip. Now, after displaying his elation, not to mention some relief, it’s just a matter of the process going through before the parchment reveals the ultimate evidence.
“It’s been a great experience,” said Sather. “I was fortunate in my Navy experience, educational experience, helping me here. I was able to complete everything in four years. I’m pretty proud of that. Being able to do so much of my schoolwork online was such a benefit.”
With research, safety and training the focal points of Sather’s professional life, he has prepared pilots for duty while located in Patuxent River, Md., New River, N.C., and Pensacola. Since 2006, he has worked along the Gulf Coast at the Navy Survival Training Institute, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute and Navy Medicine Operational Training Center. In classic, disciplined fashion of a military man, he also managed to attend the Academy and produce 10 published papers.
This degree will mark Sather’s second from the Academy. He earned an M.S.S. in Sports Fitness Management and Sports Medicine back in 1996. He also holds degrees from Radford University (M.S., Psychology, 1997) and Elon College (B.S., Psychology, 1992). In a nifty, ironic twist, one of his former Academy classmates, Dr. Fred Cromartie, presided over the group that faced Sather during his defense, and also was one of the happiest faces on campus when it was over.
“He did great,” said Cromartie, the Director of Doctoral Studies at the Academy, referring to Sather’s backing of findings discovered on his study to assess caffeine and energy beverage consumption patterns among naval aviation candidates, including attributes and perceptions regarding their benefits and safety.
Now in his 16th year with the Armed Forces, one of his two tours with the Marines putting him in the Gulf War, Sather stated plans to further utilize the knowledge he has gained through education in his job and the new status he has achieved.
“It certainly can open up some doors,” Sather said of his imminent doctorate. “It helps with rank. I could be a captain, or even potentially an admiral. It’s amazing to think of the possibilities.”
That smile showed that they were to his liking.
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 visit www.ussa.edu.
His career path was never in question. From the time he was a young boy, he loved sports. By high school, he knew, somehow, in some way, he wanted to have them the focal point of his vocational pursuits.
Now, how Mr. John Welch was going to make that desire a reality … that was open for debate.
An athlete good enough to be recruited to play football, Welch originally wanted to get into sports medicine. But managing that educational workload as a student-athlete, well, he determined that was more than he was willing to take on. Read More
Busy may have met its match in Mr. Stephen Metcalfe.
As if serving as Athletic Director and head coach for men’s basketball at Pelita Harapan University in Tangeran, Indonesia, wasn’t enough to fill his daily, weekly, monthly and yearly planners, Metcalfe also manages to find time to be Sports Director for a high school within the university campus, resident director of the university and director of a Mission Youth for Christ group. On his “down” time, he takes classes at the United States Sports Academy – at the doctoral level.
We all hear the stories about the blue-chip recruits and the endless tales about what this school did to land this kid, what that school did to land that kid. It’s big-time stuff, national, the type of material that gets a fan base just as juiced up about State U.’s football or basketball program as it does the head coach.
Opportunity has found a willing friend in Victor Floyd.
In recognizing a good thing when he saw one, Floyd jumped at the chance to return to Chester High School in Chester, S.C., as its football coach. Having been relieved of his Xs and Os duties at Brunswick (Ga.) High School in December, the United States Sports Academy alumnus applied for the recently vacated position at Chester and beat out 44 other candidates for the opening. Read More
Sometimes it all just falls into the place. For whatever reason, someone just happens to be the right person at the right time for the right job.
Consider United States Sports Academy alumnus Steve Johns (M.S.S., Sports Science) seven years ago.
A professor in the exercise science department at Grossmont Junior College in El Cajon, Calif., who happened to be double-dipping as defensive coordinator for the school’s football team, Johns’ name was one of the first to come to Ken Niumatalolo’s mind in early December of 2007. Read More
Rick Antinori (B.S.S. Sports Management, current student) published an E-Book entitled, “Real Players Swing Wood.” Antinori is a sales representative for the Phoenix Bat Company.
Torre Becton (M.S.S. Sports Science, 2014) is the University of Washington Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and earned his degree while juggling five different job changes and moving across the country.
Jeff Brookman (M.S.S. Sports Management, 2008) men’s basketball coach at Spartanburg Methodist College (SMC), hosted the first annual SMC/Jeff Brookman Basketball Academy this summer in South Carolina.
This January, Sara Shaw, a graduate student at the United States Sports Academy is set to earn her master’s degree in sports management with an emphasis in personal training. Recently named the head softball coach at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI), Shaw spoke with us about her desire to earn a master’s degree and lifelong aspiration to coach at the collegiate level.
She credits the Academy for giving her the flexibility to complete her degree while still working in the field.
Academy Alumnus Abdulrahman Ali Buali, who completed a Diploma Certification in Sport Management in 2005, was elected to the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Muharraq Governorate: Eighth Constituency on November 29, 2014.
Ali Buali was a long-time employee of Sport Facilities Department for the General Organization for Youth Sports (GOYS). GOYS is equivalent to a Ministry of Sports department. This entity serves as the central sport organization for the Kingdom of Bahrain. In this position he ensured the maintenance of facilities, day-to-day operations and the preparation for sporting events and competitions. Looking for professional advancement, he enrolled in the Academy’s Sports Management Diploma Certification program and successfully completed the coursework and mentorship in 2005.
The Academy’s 2010 Alumnus of the Year, James Vilade, has enjoyed a very successful coaching career since obtaining his Master’s Degree in Sports Management from the Academy in 2003.
Vilade serves as a scout, as well as the first base coach and the hitting coach for the Frisco Roughriders, the Class AA affiliate of the major league team, the Texas Rangers, in Frisco, Texas. Currently in his sixth year with the organization, he also creates the pre-draft workouts and player developments for the Texas Rangers.
DAPHNE, Ala. – The Academy President and CEO, Dr. TJ Rosandich, proudly awarded Dr. Bonnie Tiell as the 2014 recipient of the Academy’s Alumna of the Year award at the Annual Awards of Sport Ceremony on Thursday, November 6, 2014. Dr. Tiell is the former Dean of Graduate Studies at Tiffin University (Ohio). She coordinates the Olympic Academic Experience and is co-chair of the NCAA/NACWAA Women’s Leadership Symposium.
Academy student, Chris Johnson, successfully balances a demanding schedule amid pursuing his doctoral degree and administrating multiple successful businesses. Johnson, a fitness consultant and athletic performance coach, specializes in high school, collegiate and post-collegiate athletic development in addition to the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
Academy alumnus Jonathan Pick has been named Rice University’s Athletics Ticket Manager. Pick earned his master’s degree in Sports Management in March of this year and attests that it has provided him the opportunity to enter the professional field at an NCAA Division I institution.
Jeff Mittie, one of the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I with more than 450 career wins, accepted the position as the head women’s basketball coach at Kansas State University, earlier this spring. Mittie earned his master’s degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in 1992.
Antinori, a current student in the Academy’s Sports Management program recently published an E-Book entitled, “Real Players Swing Wood.”