Academy Alumnus Named School Superintendent in Washington State

A United States Sports Academy alumnus has been named superintendent of schools for the Crescent School District in Washington State.

David Bingham photo by Peninsula Daily News

David Bingham photo by Peninsula Daily News

David L. Bingham recently was named Crescent School District superintendent and principal of Crescent School in Joyce, Wash.  Located on the northern edge of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Crescent is a public school district that serves traditional and home schooled students under the Home Connection program, which provides families of students the opportunity to combine the best aspects of home-schooled learning with the opportunities offered by public education.

Bingham has been with the Crescent School District since 1984, when he started as a para-educator.  He was hired as a high school social studies teacher in 1985 and served in that capacity until 2012, when he was named associate principal for Crescent School, which serves grades 1-12.  He was also the high school boys basketball and track coach for several years and has been the district’s athletic director since 2000.  He has been named his league’s coach of the year and athletic director of the year several times.  He has served as administrator for Crescent’s HomeConnection program for 10 years.

Bingham, who resides in Port Angeles, Wash., received his Bachelor of Arts in history from Linfield College in Oregon in 1984 and his Master of Sports Science in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in 1992.

Bingham said earning his master’s degree at the Academy was instrumental to his success as a coach and school athletic administrator, as well as to his being named superintendent.

“I came to the United States Sports Academy because I was interested in athletic administration, since many coaches eventually become school administrators,” he said.

“I learned a great deal at the Academy and this helped prepare me for my new role.  While my degree was in sports, it was really also like getting a business degree.  We learned many important things such as legal issues, human resources, and marketing, all of which are very transferable skills.   My Academy sports degree is also a good business degree.

“My Academy degree really gave me a foundation for my career and prepared me for additional academic learning, including getting my principal credentials. A successful school administrator must focus on student learning, and hiring the right people is a key component for success, which is what they talked about at the Academy.

“The Academy helped give me a foundation for academic preparedness and working with people.  School administration jobs are about working with people, and the Academy is all about knowing how to work with people.

“My Academy faculty were well prepared and enthusiastic about their area of expertise. They had real life experiences to share and they were very accessible.  They were not only dedicated to helping us earn our degrees, but also to helping us learn how to practice our craft.

“At the Academy I was exposed to faculty who were associated with big time sports programs.

“Since I graduated, I have sent many colleague to look at the Academy,” he added.  “People should really look at the program, especially if athletics or athletic administration is their passion.”

Bingham says even though his duties have expanded, his interest in sport and sport administration remains.

“I will still be able to be involved in sports and I’m highly involved in the state’s high school athletic association,” he said.   “I will also be able to mentor the new athletic director that we hire.”

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 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).

Gregory B. Bonds was named to the post by JSU Athletic Director Gregory K. Seitz.

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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“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

Rick Tice

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 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

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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.


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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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

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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

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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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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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 (M.S.S., Sports Management)

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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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