United States Sports Academy Alumnus and National Faculty Member Publishes Ninth Book


United States Sports Academy alumnus and national faculty member Dr. John L. Stump has written nine books and more than 70 peer reviewed articles.

When United States Sports Academy alumnus and national faculty member Dr. John L. Stump suffered a stroke in 1999, his physicians told him that writing would be good therapy to aid his recovery.   The chiropractor, teacher, writer and scholar took the advice to heart.

Today, Stump has written nine books – seven since his stroke – and more than 70 peer reviewed articles.  And he still continues to write.

Stump, a long time practitioner and advocate of chiropractic, acupuncture, and alternative medicine, lives in Fairhope, Ala., where he is clinic director of the Integrative Medicine Center.  At age 69, he is still writing and serving his patients. Read More

Academy Alumna Named First Head Coach for Women’s Lacrosse at Northern Michigan University


United States Sports Academy alumna Emilia Ward has been selected as the first head coach of the newly created women’s lacrosse team at Northern Michigan University.

An alumna of the United States Sports Academy who has experience building women’s lacrosse programs has been selected as the first head coach of the newly created women’s lacrosse team at Northern Michigan University.

Emilia Ward, of Marquette, Mich., will start the NCAA Division II NMU program from scratch with play to begin in the spring of 2017.

Ward earned her Master of Sports Science in sports coaching from the Academy in 2013. She says the Academy’s online degree program helped her enhance her career opportunities by preparing her to be a head coach.

“Everything in my Academy classes was super helpful,” she said.   “My classes pertained to things I am doing in my current job.  They helped with the aspects of administration and organization.  They gave me an idea of what I needed to do and my schedule was great. Read More

Academy Alumnus Qualifies for Record Eighth Olympic Trial

DaveA United States Sports Academy alumnus with 14 U.S. national championships in race walking has set a record as the first person to qualify for eight Olympic trials in USA Track & Field.

Dave McGovern, a race walker with an international reputation as an athlete and coach, in December qualified for the USA Track & Field Olympic trials to be held 21 February in Santee, Calif.  McGovern, 50, qualified for the 50K Olympic race walking event to earn his eighth trip to the trials.   He was previously tied with hammer thrower Ed Burke with seven appearances, according to USA Track & Field records. Read More

Alumnus Dr. Thomas J. Rosandich Named President and CEO of United States Sports Academy

TJRosandichV2Daphne, Ala. — The United States Sports Academy has named alumnus, faculty member and long-time senior administrator Dr. T.J. Rosandich as the institution’s second president and chief executive officer.

The Academy Board of Trustees made the appointment at its annual meeting in November, following the resignation of the Academy’s founding president, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, who was named President Emeritus after 43 years of service. He will continue with the Academy engaged in fundraising, alumni affairs, the Awards of Sport program and international relations. Read More

Recent Academy Doctoral Graduate Authors Article for The Sport Journal

_MG_7260Dr. Kechia Seabrooks Rowles, who recently earned her Doctor of Education in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy, has a new article published in The Sport Journal, the Academy’s refereed journal of sport.

Her article, “An Investigation into Factors that Contribute to the Perception of Disparities between Academic Achievement and Athletic Participation in High School Student-Athletes,” analyzes and compares various factors that contribute to the attitudes and perceptions held by public high school student-athletes toward academic achievement.

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Alumnus Scott Novack Joins Tulane University after Successful Work with Olympics

Scott Novack

Scott Novack

Daphne, Ala. — United States Sports Academy alumnus Scott Novack has joined Tulane University in facilities and event management after several successful years with the United States Olympic Committee and Olympic sports associations.

Novack earned his Master of Sport Science in sports management from the Academy in 1997 and embarked on a career of working in high performance for several Olympic sports, including assisting the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Team win six medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

A native of Grand Junction, Colo., Novack earned his bachelor’s degree in international affairs and Russian language from the University of Nebraska in 1995.  While working for the Goodwill Games in Russia in 1994, Scott met Jack Kelly, who was then a member of the Academy Board of Trustees and a longtime leader with the Olympics and other sports organizations.   Kelly, who is now deceased, suggested that Novack earn a master’s degree at the Academy and influenced Scott’s decision to attend.

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New Academy Alumni Directory Being Developed

Daphne, Ala. — The United States Sports Academy recently began the process of developing a new hard cover alumni directory to enable alumni to keep up with each other and with the Academy.

The Academy has partnered with industry leader Harris Connect Inc., a national producer of alumni directories, to produce the book. The Academy has worked with Harris Connect in the past to produce alumni directories and determined it was time to do a new edition to include recent graduates and update information on past graduates. Read More

1996 Alumnus Making His Mark in Youth Development

Paul TheinAcademy alumnus Paul Thein held a succession of posts at community colleges in sports capacities, such as coach and administrator, prior to accepting his current position as President and CEO of the Greater Naples YMCA.

In many communities the YMCA is synonymous with youth camps, fitness classes, accessible gyms and helping individuals become healthier in body and mind. In his new post, Thein is actively utilizing his education from the Academy to work on curriculum and programs that benefit the youth in his community. He is advancing programs in youth football in addition to looking at ways to improve adult education in wellness matters and keeping pre-school open at his institution to help shift workers. Read More

Alumna Credits the Academy for Job Growth and Success in College Athletics

Theresa HansonThis December, Theresa Hanson, an alumna of the United States Sports Academy, will embark on the next chapter of her administrative career as she begins her tenure as the first female Athletic Director at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., Canada.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary year, Simon Fraser will install Hanson as its sixth Athletics and Recreation Director to lead the 17 Clan varsity sports programs. Simon Fraser currently competes at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level and is the only Canadian school to be a member institution of the NCAA. Coincidentally, while Hanson was working on her masters, she was part of a group lobbying the NCAA to accept Canadian schools into membership. Read More

Academy Alumnus McKown Promoted to Director of Sports Science at Utah Jazz

PhotographFollowing a life committed to sport, alumnus Mark McKown, who graduated from the Academy in 1987 with a Master of Sport Science degree in Sports Coaching, has recently been selected for a promotion by the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah. McKown joined the team in 1997 as the first full-time Strength and Conditioning Coach and has now been named the Director of Sports Science for the National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise. Read More

Academy Alumnus Adam Reeb Named Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach

Photograph ReebFollowing a lifetime career of coaching tennis that began when he was just 16 years old, United States Sports Academy Alumnus Adam Reeb, who graduated with honors from the Academy in 2010 with a Master of Sport Science degree in Sports Studies, has been named the Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at Seattle University (SU) in Seattle, Wash. Read More

Academy Continues to Reach Out to Current Students and Alumni

The United States Sports Academy takes great pride in the fact that 96 percent of graduates would recommend the institution to their colleagues. Academy alumni also dominate the social science employment statistics, as the number of graduates who work in the sports profession is more than twice that of graduates from any other degree program who find employment in their chosen field of study. Read More

Academy Alumna Dr. Linda Moore Senior Director of Business Operations and Planning for ESPN’s X Games

Wakeboarding is returning to the X Games for the first time in a decade following a renewed partnership between the ESPN extreme sport franchise and MasterCraft Boats. The MasterCraft Throwdown competition will take place at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Saturday, August 8, 2015. The new wakeboarding event will be featured on the ABC series “World of X Games” at 2:30 p.m. ET. Read More

Photograph of Bob Clarkson at FIFA

Exclusive: Academy Doctoral Students Visit FIFA Just Before Arrests Were Made

United States Sports Academy Doctoral students Mr. Bob Clarkson and Mr. Todd Pitts, both faculty at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, lead a study abroad group to Europe each summer. This year they visited the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) headquarters in Zurich Switzerland on 12 May, just one week prior to the 14 arrests and the formal corruption allegations. The group met with the Public Affairs Manager of FIFA and discussed World Cup site selection, FIFA budgets, strategic planning, marketing, governance, and the corruption allegations.

Dr. Arthur Ogden, Academy Chair of Sports Management, has recently chimed in on the FIFA corruption allegations. His article, “FIFA Tower of Babel is Crumbling Under the Weight of its Own Pride and Greed,” is available on the Academy blog, The Sport Digest. A segment on Sports Talk, “The FIFA Circus,”was also dedicated to the issue.


Academy Alumnus Led Penguin’s Women’s Golf Team to First NCAA Championship

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.

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University of Northern Iowa Strength and Conditioning Coach Continues Education with the Academy

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.
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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

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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Victor Floyd

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


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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