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Photograph Felicia Stancil on bike

Academy Student Hopes to Ride in Olympics

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

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Navy Commander Sather Has Reason to Rejoice at Academy

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.

Welch Continues to Climb Up Organizational Ladder at App State

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

Metcalfe Having Much Success in Indonesia

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.

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Renkens Enlightens Recruits on Game’s Realities

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.

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Floyd Returns to School Where He Enjoyed Most Coaching Success

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

Steve Johns

Johns Has Proven to Be Right Guy at Navy

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

Where Are They Now?

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.

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Academy Alumnus Has Winning Season

Adam Reeb, an alumnus of the Academy, had a successful tennis season as Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill. Reeb graduated from the Academy with honors in 2010 with a masters in sports science.

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Sara Shaw

SOON TO BE ALUMNA CREDITS ACADEMY FOR JOB GROWTH AND SUCCESS

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.

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Academy Alumnus Wins Parliamentary Election in Bahrain

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.

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Academy Alumnus Coaches For A Cause

The seven-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier, Dave McGovern, earned a Master’s Degree from the Academy in Sports Coaching and Sports Medicine in 2006.
During his decade-long competitive career, McGovern has won 14 U.S. National Championships.

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2010 Academy Alumnus of the Year Credits Academy for Coaching Success

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.

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Dr. Bonnie Tiell

Academy Awards Dr. Bonnie Tiell as the 2014 Alumna of the Year

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.

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Current Doctoral Student Balances Academics and Professional Career

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.

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2014 Academy Alumnus Lands Job at Rice University

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.

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Paul Choi

Paul Choi (M.S.S., Sports Management)

United States Sports Academy alumnus, Dr. Paul Choi, recently visited the Academy while in Mobile, Ala., to present his research at the World Leisure Congress being held in the United States for the first time during September 7-12, 2014.

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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.

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Jeff Mittie

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

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.

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Nick Taylor

Assistant Football coach and Defensive Coordinator for Briar Cliff University

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Joel Pearson

Head Cross Country and Assistant Track and Field Coach at Kennesaw State University

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Mike Wells

Assistant Coach of The University of South Florida Men’s Basketball
1994: M.S.S. Sports Management

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Lanning Tucker

Assistant Athletic Trainer and Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Minnesota Twins
1992: M.S.S. Sports Medicine

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Scott Flemming

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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Nathan Miklos

Head Women’s Golf Coach at Youngstown State University
2005: M.S.S. Sports Coaching

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