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Academy Alumnus Named Senior Associate Athletic Director at Jacksonville State University

A United States Sports Academy alumnus has been named senior associate athletic director at Jacksonville (Ala.) State University (JSU).

Greg Bonds, Jacksonville State University senior associate athletic director.

Greg Bonds, Jacksonville State University senior associate athletic director.

“I’ve worked alongside Greg for a number of years and know he is the perfect fit for this position within our department,” Seitz said.“He shares my vision for JSU and its athletics department, and we look forward to continuing to make Jax State the best in can be – on the fields of competition, in the classroom and in our community.”

Bonds is in his 25th year with the Gamecock athletic department. In his new role he oversees all financial aspects in the department; coordinates personnel searches with the athletic director; and monitors the department’s commitment to equity and student-athlete wellbeing, among other duties.

He previously served as associate athletic director for internal affairs; assistant athletic director and coordinator for NCAA Compliance; director of student athletic services; and assistant women’s basketball coach.

A native of Douglas, Ala., Bonds earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from JSU. He recently completed his Doctor of Education in Sports Management degree from the Academy.

Bonds serves on the Alabama Athlete Agent Commission and is a member of the College Athletic Business Management Association (CABMA) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). He has co-authored articles on the prevention and management of concussions in sport for the Academy’s refereed publication, The Sport Journal.

“The educational experience I received at the United States Sports Academy has enhanced my professional career,” Bonds said.

“My involvement with intercollegiate athletics spans over 25 years. The Academy helped broaden my knowledge base while strengthening my leadership skills, scholarly activity, and professional engagement needed in today’s ever-changing environment.

“I had a tremendous experience as a doctoral student at the Academy. The curriculum was meaningful, challenging, and rigorous. The quality of education I received was relevant and significant. The faculty were always very supportive and encouraging.

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Jacksonville State

“The online approach provided by the Academy allowed me to continue working full-time while pursuing a terminal degree. The time demands associated with Division I athletics administration extend well beyond the traditional 9 to 5 work day, with many nights and weekends spent on the job. The online approach allowed me to complete the degree requirements anytime and anywhere.

“I would highly recommend others to pursue a degree from the Academy. The online programs eliminated any barriers related to time and distance.”

Located in Jacksonville in northeast Alabama, Jacksonville State University competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Ohio Valley Conference. Recent athletic highlights include a 13-2 football record in 2015 that included an appearance in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Championship game against North Dakota State University. JSU ended the year ranked second in the nation in the FCS.

Based in Daphne, Ala., 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, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.

Academy Alumnus Named Women’s Basketball Coach at Malone University

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DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy alumnus Rick Tice has been named head coach of the women’s basketball team at Malone University in Canton, Ohio.

A long-time coach, educator and athletic administrator, Tice also serves as assistant athletic director at the NCAA Division II university, where his administrative duties include game management, scheduling, contracts and business operations.

Tice earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics, computer science and secondary education from Malone in 1986.  He earned his Master of Sport Science in sport coaching from the UnitedDisplaying Rick_Tice high res.JPG States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala., in 1989.

Tice, who resides in Green, Ohio, has served as an assistant coach with the Malone women’s basketball program for the last five seasons. Highlights include helping lead the Pioneers in 2013-14 to a 21-10 record and an appearance in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship game.

Prior to joining the Pioneer women’s basketball staff, Tice coached at high schools in the metropolitan Canton area. Tice worked the previous four seasons on the boys basketball coaching staff at Green High School in Green, Ohio.  The Bulldogs were district runner-ups in 2010-2011 and sectional champions in 2009-10.  Tice also previously served as head girls basketball coach at Lake High School in Uniontown, Ohio, where he was named Federal League and District 4 Coach of the Year. He also served on the baseball coaching staff at Lake.

Tice also served two prior stints on the Malone men’s basketball staff, first as a student assistant, and then as an assistant coach from 2001-05.  He also previously taught in the mathematics department at Malone.

“Coach Tice knows first-hand how important a coach can be in the lives of his or her players,” said Malone Athletic Director Charlie Grimes in making the appointment. “As an alumnus of our department, longtime assistant coach, and current administrator, Rick will intentionally care for our student-athletes, positively motivating them to be the best they can be both on and off the court.”

Tice said his Academy degree has been crucial to the advancement of his career.

“The scheduling option was crucial to my decision to attend the United Sports Academy,” Tice said. “At the time I was able to continue in my current position as a high school teacher and coach and complete my degree in just over one year.

“The faculty was exceptional; most were leaders in their field. The quality of the instructors was excellent and instructor availability was very good.

“The courses provided me with the needed information to further my career, and they continue to be a solid foundation for what I do as a coach and an athletic administrator.

“At each step of my career a degree from the Academy has been crucial for the opportunity to separate myself from other candidates.

“Without a doubt, my time at the Academy provided me with knowledge and friendships that continue to be an important part of my career.”

Based in Daphne, Ala., 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, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.

Academy Alumna Named Athletic Director at Keene State College

DAPHNE, Ala. — United States Sports Academy doctoral degree alumna Dr. Kristene Kelly has been named athletic director at Keene State College in Keene, N.H.

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Dr. Kristene Kelly, Keene State’s new athletic director

For the past seven years Kelly has served at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, N.C., as associate athletic director and as assistant professor and chair for the Department of Business, Accounting, and Sport Management. She provided leadership in directing and supervising operations for 14 sports, managing coaches, budgeting, staffing, and overseeing compliance and sports information, in addition to course development and educational guidance for students. Her new position at NCAA Division III Keene State began 1 June 2016.

“The Keene State program embodies everything that is valuable about college athletics, and with the college’s commitment to ensuring that athletics is a vibrant part of the student experience, I’m excited about the possibilities,” Kelly said. “I am prepared to hit the ground running, and will help to propel Keene State’s men’s and women’s athletics to new heights.

“Keene State’s student athletes, coaches, and staff inspire me. Their hard work and dedication is behind the college’s tradition of excellence. I look forward to continuing the success of Owl Athletics in the classroom, in the community, and on the different playing surfaces.”

Kelly earned her Doctor of Education in Sports Management with a sports leadership specialization from the Academy in 2014. She said that the flexibility of the online program at the Academy was crucial to her earning her doctoral degree, which was vital to her career advancement.

“The online approach with the Academy was phenomenal for me,” Kelly said. “When I entered the program, I was working full-time as a sports information director, which required endless travel and late nights. This approach allowed me to complete my coursework at my convenience.

“The Academy doctorate afforded me the opportunity to teach on the collegiate level and to serve as a full-time faculty member and department chair at my job at Saint Augustine’s University.

“The Academy faculty is quite diverse with varied experiences. Their knowledge and expertise really assisted me in learning and critically thinking about the wide world of sport.

“One thing I thoroughly enjoyed about the Academy is how each class is personalized to the individual student’s knowledge base and specialization. I am an intercollegiate sport enthusiast so I was able to truly delve into all types of issues relative to collegiate sport.

“My Academy mentorship with the vice president of student services at Saint Augustine’s University was extremely beneficial as I got to see and experience a different side of higher education where, at some campuses, the athletics department is held.

“I recommend the Academy to anyone who truly loves the business of sport. The faculty are caring but tough. The high academic expectations, the vast library resources, the distinguished faculty and the ability to work at your own pace without giving up your career were all things that attracted me to the Academy.”

Kemal Atkins, Keene State College vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said, “I am delighted that Kristene Kelly will be joining our leadership team at Keene State. She has touched every aspect of athletics administration throughout her career, and she brings a unique combination of experience in management, administration, marketing and communications, teaching, and academic counseling for students. Kristene is a talented administrator and I am confident that her positive contributions to the college will extend beyond our athletics and recreational sports programs.”

Prior to her work at Saint Augustine’s University, Kelly served as sports information officer at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., and as an academic counselor at the University of Tennessee.

In addition to her Academy doctorate, Kelly earned two bachelor’s degrees from Johnson C. Smith University in physical education and communication arts. She earned a master’s degree in human performance and sports studies at the University of Tennessee.

Alumni Executive Director Represents United States Sports Academy in Opening Celebration of New Football Academy in United Arab Emirates

Officials of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States Sports Academy recently celebrated the Opening Ceremony for the UAE Football Association (UAEFA) Academy for Sports Management (FAASM), known as the Football Association Academy (FAA). The new project is dedicated to the development of football (soccer) administrators in the UAE through a Football Club Operators License Program being offered cooperatively by UAEFA and the United States Sports Academy. The opening was held 24 April in Abu Dhabi. Shown left to right are Majid Abweh, Development Officer for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA); H.E Yousef Yaqoob Al Serkal, UAEFA President; Stuart Larman, Head of Development for the Asian Football Confederation; Dr. Brandon Spradley, United States Sports Academy Director of Sports Management and Alumni Association Executive Director; Raymond Verheijen, Chief Executive Officer of the World Football Academy; H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Cabinet Member, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, and Chairman of the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare; Alexandre Gros, Manager of Development Asia at FIFA; H.E. Obaid Salem Al Shamsi, FAA Chairman; and Abdulla Al Ahmed, Senior Vice President for Business at Etisalat, the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation.

 

DAPHNE, Ala. — Officials of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States Sports Academy (USSA) recently held an Opening Ceremony for the UAE Football Association Academy for Sports Management (FAASM), a new program to enhance the success of football (soccer) in the region.

The new project, known as the Football Association Academy (FAA), is dedicated to the development of football (soccer) administrators in the UAE through a Football Club Operators License Program being offered cooperatively by UAE Football Association (UAEFA) and the United States Sports Academy. This effort includes football certification programs that offer professional preparation and training designed to meet the needs of coaches, athletes, administrators and operatives at all levels in the UAE football club system. The ceremony was held 24 April in the UAE capital city of Abu Dhabi. Read More

Academy Alumnus Ensures Quality of Physical Education for New Jersey’s Second Largest School District

DAPHNE, Ala. — An alumnus of the United States Sports Academy says his master’s degree from the Academy prepared and enabled him to attain the highly satisfying job of promoting lifelong health to students in New Jersey’s second largest public school system.

Frank B. Dominianni is District Supervisor of Health, Physical Education, Driver Education and Swimming for the Jersey City Public Schools. With 28,000 students and 41 schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, it is the second largest school district in New Jersey. Throughout his education career he has served as a health and physical education teacher, coach, athletic trainer, strength coach and athletic director at the K-12, community college and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III levels. Read More

Alumni and Friends of the United States Sports Academy Offered Discount on Conference: “SEC Sports Festival: Awakening Human Potential Through Sports”

Ever wonder what the future of athletic performance, coaching and training will look like? Have you always wanted to train into the zone and have a flow-state experience? Join the Sports, Energy and Consciousness Group (SEC) for a taste of that future, a weekend celebration of integral learning that combines body, mind, heart and soul to explore the vast potential of our athletic abilities.

The SEC will hold the “SEC Sports Festival: Awakening Human Potential Through Sports” from Friday, 10 June 2016 through Sunday 12 June 2016 at the Dominican University of California in San Rafael, Calif.

“The SEC is proud to offer a 20 percent discount to the United States Sports Academy family via this alumni newsletter and outreach to the entire Academy circle of friends,” said Dr. Michael Spino, long-time Academy National Faculty, current Distance Learning Faculty member and SEC founding member. Read More

United States Sports Academy Alumnus to Coach U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team in Rio Paralympics

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United States Sports Academy alumnus Greg Walker has been named head coach of the U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team.

DAPHNE, Ala. — A United States Sports Academy alumnus has been named head coach of the United States Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team and will lead the team in the 2016 Paralympic Games.

USA Volleyball has named Greg Walker as head coach for the U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team. Walker earned his Bachelor of Sports Science in sports coaching cum laude from the Academy in 2012.

Sitting volleyball is a variation of the original game but designed for disabled athletes. The sport is governed by the same rules as the able-bodied game with a few modifications. Players must maintain seated contact with the floor, the net is just over 3 feet high, and the court is approximately 33 feet by 20 feet. World ParaVolley is the international sport federation and USA Volleyball is the national governing body. Men’s and women’s versions of the sport are played in the Paralympic Games.

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United States Sports Academy Alumna Named Cleveland Woman of the Year in Sports and Teaching Excellence Award Winner

DAPHNE, Ala. — United States Sports Academy alumna Dr. Bonnie Tiell has been named Woman of the Year in Sports by Women in Sports and Events (WISE) of Cleveland, Ohio.

She has also been named a regional recipient of the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), which makes her a candidate for the council’s top International Teaching Excellence award to be announced in June.

Tiell is professor of sport management at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. She earned her Doctor of Sports Management from the Academy in 2004 and was named Academy Alumnus of the Year in 2014. She is a member of the Academy’s National Faculty. Read More

United States Sports Academy Alumna China Jude Featured on NACDA’s “Ask the AD”

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United States Sports Academy alumna China Jude, assistant vice president for athletics and athletics director at Queens College in Flushing, N.Y., is featured in the March 2016 “Ask the AD” video interview released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy alumna China Jude, assistant vice president for athletics and athletics director at Queens College in Flushing, N.Y., is featured in the March 2016 “Ask the AD” video interview released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), where she recently was named to the executive committee. Read More

Legendary Soccer Coach Nelson Cupello Says United States Sport Academy Helped Him Attain Career of “Great Satisfaction”

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United States Sports Academy alumnus Nelson Cupello is among the nation’s top 10 active junior college men’s soccer coaches in career wins.

DAPHNE, Ala. — United States Sports Academy alumnus Nelson Cupello is among the nation’s top 10 active junior college men’s soccer coaches in career wins and has been a National Coach of the Year, but he is quick to point out that coaching is about far more than wins and losses.

“Coaching gives you great satisfaction because you get a chance to make an impact on young people’s lives and you get the opportunity to help them become good citizens and good people,” Cupello said. Read More

Academy Alumni Encouraged to Participate as New Alumni Directory is Developed

DAPHNE, Ala. — The United States Sports Academy is developing a new print and digital alumni directory to enable alumni to keep up with each other and with the Academy. Alumni are encouraged to respond to the book’s publisher as it is currently compiling up-to-date biographical, employment and contact information.

For the third time, 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

United States Sports Academy Alumnus Named Program Director For Special Olympics New Hampshire

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United States Sports Academy alumnus Zachary “Zach” Medlock has been named program director for Special Olympics New Hampshire.

DAPHNE, Ala. – A United States Sports Academy alumnus and high school athletic director has been named program director for Special Olympics New Hampshire.

Zachary “Zach” Medlock, 39, will assume his post with Special Olympics New Hampshire in July. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education degree in sports management at the Academy. Read More

United States Sports Academy Alumna Named to Leadership Role at Bridgewater College

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United States Sports Academy alumna Dr. Barbara H. Long has been named head of the Division of Professional Studies at Bridgewater College in Virginia.

DAPHNE, Ala. — A United States Sports Academy alumna who has had a dual career as a national leader in athletic training and as a college faculty member has been named head of the Division of Professional Studies at Bridgewater College in Virginia.

Dr. Barbara H. Long, associate professor and chair of Health and Human Sciences and director of the athletic training program at Bridgewater, is the new head of Bridgewater’s Division of Professional Studies, where she oversees the departments of Economics and Business Administration, Health and Human Sciences, and Teacher Education. Read More

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Basketball Great Chuck Person Earns Bachelor’s Degree From United States Sports Academy

DAPHNE, Ala. — Basketball great Chuck Person’s career includes a long list of superlatives as a player and coach in the college and professional ranks, and he has recently added another important credential: college graduate.

Person, 51, associate head basketball coach at Auburn University, recently completed his Bachelor of Sport Science in sport coaching at the United States Sports Academy, earning his degree through the Academy’s online bachelor’s degree completion program. Read More

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Academy Alumnus to Coach USA Men in PanAm Cross Country Championships

DAPHNE, Ala. — USA Track & Field (USATF) has announced that Dr. Dave Shrock, United States Sports Academy alumnus and National Faculty member, has been selected as the head men’s coach for the PanAm Cross Country Championships in Carraballeda, Venezuela, on 4 March 2016.

Shrock, of Modesto, Calif., will coach the senior and junior men’s cross country teams that will compete against the Western Hemisphere’s best cross country athletes in an important lead-up event to the Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2016. Shrock will coach the 10-kilometer event for the senior men (age 20 and older) and the eight-kilometer event for the junior men (under age 20). Read More

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

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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

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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

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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

Following 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

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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.

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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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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

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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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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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