Derrick Mitchell (M.S.S., Sports Studies)


United States Sports Academy alumnus Derrick Mitchell has been named the new head men’s basketball coach at Voorhees College, a school located in Denmark, SC.

Voorhees is A NAIA program competing out of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. Prior to joining Voorhees, Mitchell served as assistant coach of the women’s basketball team at NCAA Division II Southern Arkansas University.

Before his appointment at SAU, Mitchell was the head coach at R.B. Hudson Middle School in Selma, Ala. He also previously served as an assistant coach at Wallace Community College in Selma, Ala. In that role, he served as recruiting coordinator and worked specifically with guards. Mitchell earned a master’s degree in coaching and sports studies from the United States Sports Academy in 2009. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Tougaloo College in 2002.



Bruce Fischbach (M.S.S., Sport Science)


Bruce Fischbach, a United States Sports Academy alumnus with a master’s degree in sport science, was recently named to the South Dakota Athletic Trainer’s Association (SDATA) Hall of Fame.

He has served the healthcare needs of thousands of student-athletes at the school since 1987. Along with his service to South Dakota, Fischbach has spent time working with Special Olympics, minor league baseball, local youth athletics and athletes in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA).

Bruce has contributed considerably to the NWBA as a tournament director, conference commissioner and member of its board of directors. He has also served the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a wish granter and regional ambassador.

Fischbach has mentored and continues to provide guidance to many athletic trainers who began their careers as student and graduate assistant athletic trainers at South Dakota. He directed the sports medicine program to its first College Athletic Management “Award of Excellence for Athletic Training Management.”

Fischbach has served as president, vice president and secretary/treasurer for the SDATA and has been on the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association’s board of directors.

Jeff Mittie (M.S.S., Sports Management)

Mittie_Jeff_mugJeff 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.

Prior to his current position, he served as the head women’s basketball coach at Texas Christian University and compiled a 303-175 (.634) record. He guided the program to winning seasons in 13 of his 14 years while taking TCU to 11 consecutive postseason tournaments prior to 2012.

He has achieved an overall record of 454-234 (.660) in his 22 years as a head coach, which includes stops at Missouri Western, Arkansas State and TCU. His .660 career winning percentage ranks 45th among active Division I head coaches and 21st among active coaches with 20 or more years of experience. Mittie has averaged 21 wins and 10 losses per season and experienced only one losing season in his 22 years of head coaching.

Rick Antinori (M.S.S. Sport Management, current student)

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Antinori, a current student in the Academy’s Sports Management program recently published an E-Book entitled, “Real Players Swing Wood.”

Antinori is a sales representative for the Phoenix Bat Company and says the impetus for the book came from his recognition that many baseball and softball players are not using properly sized bats.

“Parents all over the country are spending hundreds of dollars on the wrong type of equipment,” said Antinori. “Everybody wants to be a home run hitter, but the key to hitting is being able to swing your bat consistently on the same plane through the hitting zone.”

Antinori says the The eBook is ideal for players who may be new to the world of wood bats and are transitioning from metal models, as well as experienced hitters who want to get more out of their swing by choosing the bat that can help to improve their approach, pitch discipline, mechanics, and even hitting power.

Antinori’s eBook, which is available on, gives players an inside look at how to select a wood bat and even highlights the best bats for women, youth, softball and vintage league hitters.

A native of Long Island, NY, Antinori plans to use his Sports Management degree to aid him in coaching or working in athletic administration. In addition to working as a sales representative for Phoenix Bats, he is also sales representative for Kronos Custom gloves and a former assistant softball coach at Suffolk County Community College.


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Assistant Coach of The University of South Florida Men’s Basketball
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Assistant Athletic Trainer and Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Minnesota Twins
1992: M.S.S. Sports Medicine

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Head Coach of India’s Men’s National Basketball Team
1987: M.S.S. Sports Coaching

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Art Mota

Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Chemeketa Community College
2013: M.S.S. Sports Coaching

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Mike Brass

Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Performance at the U.S. Naval Academy
1986: M.S.S. Sports Fitness and Health

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Head Women’s Golf Coach at Youngstown State University
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