Mr. Daniel Acosta-Laureano (M.S.S. – Sports Science – 2010, B.S.S. – Sports Coaching- 2008)
Acosta-Laureano has been working in professional baseball for over 15 years as a strength and conditioning coach, and as a hitting and catcher instructor. Along with his wealth of expertise, Acosta-Laureano owns a college recruiting company which exposes young athletes to potential colleges for placement. Currently, he serves as the field manager for the Florida Jets, a professional baseball organization that plays in the South Florida Winter League.
Mr. Denny Williams (M.S.S. – Sport Management – 2011)
Denny Williams has been appointed Acting Deputy Director of Athletics at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany Indiana. As such, he will assume a greater level of administrative responsibility in the athletic department.
Williams is responsible for all elements of athletic facility management, supervision of personnel; game management, operations, facility scheduling, and supervision. He also assists in the overall management of the athletic program. Williams serves as Chief of Staff for the athletic department and oversees office support staff. Additional responsibilities include coordinating all team travel planning and scheduling.
Mr. Ed Comeau (M.S.S. – Sports Science – 2008)
Ed Comeau has been appointed head coach for Team Canada at the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Syracuse, NY.
He was also selected as Head Coach of the Georgia Swarm of the National Lacrosse League. Starting in January 2016, the Swarm will begin playing at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., just outside of Atlanta.
Mr. Lance D. Noble (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 2005)
United States Sports Academy alumnus Mr. Lance D. Noble graduated in 2005 with a Master of Sport Science Degree in Sports Coaching.
He is now the Executive Director of the Capitol Area Youth Soccer Association (CAYSA) in Manor, Texas. CAYSA governs the greater Austin Area and is one of the largest youth soccer associations in the country.
Dr. Jay Mehrhoff (Ed.D. – Sport Management- 2001)
United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Jay Mehrhoff graduated with honors in 2001 with a Doctor of Education Degree in Sports Management.
Dr. Mehrhoff, Associate Professor and Director of Athletics at East Central College, was awarded the NACDA Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award – Junior College/Community College Division for 2014-15 at the NACDA Convention in Orlando, Florida this past June. This was the second time Mehrhoff has won the award as he received the same honor in the 2010-11 academic year. Currently, Mehrhoff serves in various leadership roles throughout junior college athletics: President of the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference, NJCAA Assistant Men’s Region 16 Director and Chair of NJCAA Men’s Division I Soccer.
Dr. William Galen Hoffman (Ed.D, 2015 Honors)
United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. William Galen Hoffman graduated with honors in 2015. Dr. Hoffman is currently an Associate Professor in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb. He graduated with honors from the Academy in 2015.
“Because of where I live, the nearest university with a doctoral program is several hundred miles away. The online format at the Academy allowed me to complete a degree which I may not have been able to complete otherwise. The structure of the courses was very streamlined and easy to follow. ”
Hoffman notes that his research and writing skills have greatly increased because of his studies through the Academy. These skills, he said, will benefit him greatly moving forward with his career.
George Efthymiou (MSS, Sport Coaching, current student)
United States Sports Academy student George Efthymiou organized a charity event to help raise money for the Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society. The charity event, “I-Fitness Day 3,” took place at the European University of Cyprus on April 19, 2015. With the money raised at the event and others like it, the Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society is able to provide home care services, psychosocial services, physiotherapy, and develop campaigns regarding cancer prevention and screening. Efthymiou is currently in the Master’s program studying Sports Coaching at the Academy.
Dr. Stephanie Harrison-Dyer (Ed.D, 2015)
Stephanie Harrison-Dyer successfully defended her dissertation for the United States Sports Academy on 15 May 2015. She is currently working as the Assistant Athletic Director at Albany State University (ASU). She is also the Senior Woman Administrator and the Director of Compliance for the university. As part of her position, she has interaction with the male and female student athletes involved in the eleven sports that are offered at the ASU. Now that she has completed her dissertation and received her doctorate, Dr. Harrison-Dyer said that she would like to “sit down somewhere,” and hopes to one day become the Athletic Director for Albany State.
Mr. Sean Leveroos (MSS, Sport Coaching, 2007)
Leveroos, who graduated the Academy with honors, was chosen the new head coach for the varsity football team at Summerville High School in Tuolumne, Calif. Leveroos is an alumni of the school (Class of 1994) and a former player, having handled defensive back and running back duties while a member of the Bears. Leveroos went on to play at Modesto (Calif.) Junior College before transferring to Sacramento (Calif.) State University and graduating in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. He went on to coach football at Riverbank (Calif.) High School, first as freshman coach and then as the head coach of the varsity, before moving on to an assistant coaching position at Modesto. Eventually, Leveroos returned “home” to Summerville and served as defensive coordinator at Summerville the last seven seasons before being chosen to run the program.
Mr. Ray Alvarado (MSS, Sport Coaching, 2006)
After serving in a part-time capacity as women’s basketball coach at the College of the Sequoias (COS), Alvarado has been appointed to a full-time position at the Visalia, Calif., school. Now a full-time instructor in the COS health and physical education department, Alvarado becomes the first full-time coach for the college in 23 years. The promotion comes on the heels of Alvarado’s finest season thus far with the Giants, having directed the team to unbeaten conference record and 29-4 overall. Alvarado previously coached high school girls and boys teams in California as well as the women’s team at Fresno City College. A football player at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif., he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Fresno (Calif.) State University.
Dr. William Dixon (MSS, Sport Management, 2001)
Dixon, the Cleveland County (N.C.) school district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, died unexpectedly April 24 with the cause of death unknown. Dixon was a newcomer to the district, having only been in his position since August 2014. Previously, he had served in a similar capacity for schools in Colleton County, S.C., and as a principal at Weldon (N.C.) STEM High School and James Simons (S.C.) Elementary School. Dixon graduated South Carolina State with a bachelor’s degree in history education before starting his 21-year career in education. After graduating from the Academy, he earned a specialist degree from Cambridge College in School Leadership and his doctorate in education from Walden University. He had been a successful basketball coach at the high school level, leading one team to a South Carolina state title and twice earning coach of the year honors. He is survived by his wife, La’Toya Thomas-Dixon, and his two children, Mitchell and Xavier.
Ms. Christina Epps (MSS, Sport Management, current student)
A graduate of Coppin State University (CSU) in Baltimore, Md., in the spring of 2014, Epps has continued to pursue her track and field endeavors while serving as an academic advisor at CSU and taking classes at the Academy. Her emphasis in the classroom is sports psychology. In the athletic realm, it’s the triple jump – and she excels in it. Currently, Epps has the second-best mark in the event posted in the U.S. this year when she went 45-4.5 at an April 18 meet. She also won the event at the Penn Relays, jumping 44-2.5 on April 25. A Moorestown, N.J., resident who represents the Garden State Track Club at meets, Epps has her eyes on the USA Track & Field outdoor championships, set for Eugene, Ore., in late June, when Team USA will be selected for the Pan-American Games and IAAF World Championships this summer. Epps still has to meet the international qualifying standard, which is about a foot farther than she has gone. But she has increased her jump by two feet in the past year.
Ms. Jane Bolin (MSS, Sports Management, 2004)
Bolin, who graduated the Academy with honors, was selected as one of South Florida’s most influential business women and participated in a special one-on-one mentoring event March 30 in conjunction with that honor. Bizwomen Mentoring Monday, sponsored by the South Florida Business Journal, focuses on helping women in the workplace and chose Bolin as one of 40 elite individuals to educate other women how to succeed in that realm. The Managing Partner and CMO of leading community association law firm PeytonBolin, she is recognized as an entrepreneur, speaker, coach and leader. Bolin also holds degrees from Radford University (B.A.) and St. Thomas University School of Law (J.D.).
Mr. Andrew Johnson (MSS, Sports Coaching, 2010)
Johnson was named athletic director at Lehigh Carbon Community College, located in the Allentown, Pa., area in mid-March. A veteran coach, he most previously had been working at Delaware County Community College in Media, Pa., as the Director of Wellness, Athletics and Recreation, and also had served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Division III Widener University the last 12 years. Johnson also holds a bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven (Pa.) University.
Mr. Timothy Barnhill (MSS, Sports Management & Sport Coaching, 2014)
Barnhill and Kati M. Blue, both of Salina, Kansas, announced their engagement, with a wedding planned this June 27. Barnhill and his bride-to-be earned bachelor’s degrees from Wichita State University before Barnhill went on to earn a dual master’s at the Academy.
Craig T. Bogar (Ed.D., Sports Management, 2011)
Bogar has a new position with the American Public University System, based in Charles Town, W.Va. He is Faculty Director, School of Health Sciences and Associate Professor, Sports Management. The former Dean of Student Services, Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance, and the Director of Administration at the Academy, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Bryant (R.I.) University and a master’s from the University of Maryland. Bogar resides in Spanish Fort, Ala., and has worked as a project coordinator for pre-doctoral training at the University of South Alabama and as an athletics director at Loyola University New Orleans and the University of Mobile.
Art Mota (MSS, Sports Coaching/Sports Psychology, 2013)
Mota is the head coach for the women’s soccer team at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore., and earned Coach of the Year honors for the South Division of the Northwest Athletic Conference. His team finished second in the division after quadrupling its win total from the previous season. It also doubled its goal scored and halved its goals allowed as two of his players were named all-stars. Mota, who earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Fresno State University, is a professor in the physical education department of the school.
Michael Relucio (Sports Medicine Certification Program, 2010)
Relucio works as a Fitness Manager for the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif., overseeing the High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) program. He also currently runs the Sports Massage program for the base. Relucio has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years and holds bachelor’s degrees in physical education and holistic health, and a master’s degree in leadership.
Abdulrahman Ali Buali (IDSM, 2005)
Academy Alumnus Abdulrahman Ali Buali, who completed an International Diploma in Sport Management in 2005, was elected on November 29, 2014 to the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Parliament representing the Muharraq Governorate: Eighth Constituency.
One month ago the Kingdom of Bahrain held elections for their Parliament and Abdulrahman Ali Buali was elected. This is significant because Bahrain is among the first Arab Monarchy’s that has open elections for a bicameral representational parliament.
The Academy has a long relationship with Bahrain that began in 1977 providing coaches and sports scientists to GOYS to assist in the development of their national sports effort. Over the decades that followed, the Academy worked with numerous organizations in the country on a host of sports education programs.
Adam Reeb (MSS, Sports Studies, 2010)
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. During the 2013-2014 season, the men’s team boasted 19-7, taking fourth place at the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Tournament and qualified for the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships. This was the first time in McKendree University history to qualify for a national tournament. The men’s team also ranked 6th in the Midwest Region and 50th in the nation. In addition, the men’s team received 1 ITA All-Academic Team nomination, 9 ITA Scholar-Athlete nominees, 1 GLVC Team Academic All-Conference nomination, and 12 GLVC Academic All-Conference nominees last year.
The women’s team was also proud to record 18 wins and only 6 losses in addition to being the top academic team overall in the GLVC conference. This past 2013-2014 season, the women’s team had 1 ITA All-Academic Team nomination, 10 ITA Scholar-Athlete nominees, 1 GLVC Team Academic All-Conference nomination, and 10 GLVC Academic All-Conference nominees last year.
Reeb has a masters in sports science from the Academy and graduated in 2010 with honors.
Jason Medlock (Ed. D, current student)
Jason Medlock recently accepted a position as the Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Research and Economic Development for Athletics at Grambling State University, in Grambling, La. Medlock spent his doctorate mentorship at Grambling State University developing a strategic plan, enhancing academic programs and making suggestions to their policies and procedures. Having only been a member of the faculty for approximately four months, Medlock has made significant headway successfully implementing revenue drivers in digital media and reorganizing the athletic department’s organizational chart. He has also authored the athletic department’s five-year strategic plan, launched a new sales and sponsorship strategy, developed a new athletics advancement strategy and re-launched athletics radio broadcast selling radio sponsorships and creating new sponsorship packages for Grambling State.
Jason Fonseca (MSS, Sports Management & Sports Coaching, minor in NCAA Compliance, 2011)
A graduate of the Academy’s Masters of Sports Science program, Fonseca has recently published the book Great Scots! Scottish Men whom Shaped, Changed and Created the Modern World. This biography takes the reader on a journey to meet the Scotsmen whom with their imagination and genius, created our modern world. Throughout its pages, the reader encounters the individuals who brought the telephone, the television, the toilet, the paved road, the bicycle, radar, the ATM and PIN, standard time, and the gas lantern to fruition. The reader also travels to the origins of some of the most popular sports in the world; curling, football (soccer), shot put, weight throw, hammer throw and golf. Also, Fonseca introduces accounts such as the first and second Scotsmen to play Major League Baseball. Professional American Football firsts and finally the Shot Heard Around the World.
Fonseca is currently seeking employment in Physical Education around the New York City area.
Chris Johnson (EdD, Sports Management, current student)
Johnson is a nationally recognized Fitness Consultant and Athletic Performance coach and owner of Improve with Chris. In addition to training athletes, he is the CEO and Co-Founder of PROformance, LLC, and current President and Co-Founder of Reach your Peak. Johnson is also the author of PR Pace: Strength & Performance Training for Distance Runners. He has made numerous appearances in the media including The Boston Globe and Runner’s World Magazine. In the past, Johnson worked as Head Strength & Conditioning Coordinator and Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at the collegiate level. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Sports, Fitness and Health to further enhance his other accreditations and certifications in injury prevention and performance enhancement.
Joey Woody (MSS, Sports Coaching, 2013)
Woody is currently the Director of Track and Field and Cross Country at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Prior to this position he served as the Associate Head Track and Field Coach.
Matthew Reed (MSS, Sports Coaching, 2014)
Reed was recently hired as assistant coach to wide receivers and assist in special teams and video editing at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. Prior to this position, Reed also served as a wide receivers coach at Main Maritime in Castine, Maine. In addition to coaching, Reed has experience assisting in study hall, strength and conditioning, travel, recruiting, advising, play-by-play announcing, and teaching.
Doug Wharam (EDD, Sports Management, current student)
Wharam is the current Associate Head Coach for the Nashville Aquatic Club in Nashville, Tenn. He was recognized as a top 10 finalist for the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Age Group Coach of the Year. Wharam is currently pursuing his doctorate at the United States Sports Academy.
Mary Beth Spirk (MSS, Sports Management, 2002)
In January 2014, Spirk achieved her 500th win as Head Women’s basketball Coach at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. Her current record stands at 507-238, which ranks Spirk in the top 25 in the nation for victories among active Division III coaches.
Joe Davenport (MSS, Sports Management, 2005)
Davenport was recently selected as the second men’s basketball coach in Daley College history. Daley College is a community college located in Chicago, IL. Coach Davenport earned his master’s in Sports Management from the Academy in 2005.
Clay Harrelson (MSS, Sports Fitness & Health, current student)
Harrelson is a former college football player who has managed a personal training company. He is currently finishing his master’s degree in Sports Fitness & Health. He is mentoring with Robert Taylor and Smarterteamtraining.com. At the website, STACK.com, Harrelson has provided some expert advice on “3 Challenging Workouts You Can Do With a Pull-Up Bar.” To view, click here: http://www.stack.com/2014/06/10/pull-up-bar-workouts/
Brian Jackson (MSS, Sport Administration, 2005)
Jackson was recently promoted to Athletic Director at Crestwood High School in April 2014. He reinstated boys and girls cross country after not fielding a team for the past 14 years. Jackson earned his master’s in Sports Administration from USSA in 2005.
Aaron Settle (EDD, Sports Management, 2005)
Settle, ATC, CSCS, was recently promoted to full Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Health and Human Performance at West Virginia State University. Settle earned his doctorate from the Academy in 2005 in Sports Management.
Dan Kehlenbach (MSS, Sports Medicine, 2003)
Kehlenbach graduated with honors in 2003 with a master’s degree in Sports Medicine. He recently co-authored a book entitled, Distance Cycling, with John Hughes. The book was published by Human Kinetics (http://www.humankinetics.com/products/all-products/distance-cycling). The authors also hosted a webinar on century/200K training through Human Kinetics to 400 listeners that is available on the book’s site.
Jason Hamil (EdD, current student)
Hamil is the current high school soccer coach at Academic Magnet High School in Charleston, SC. His team recently won its second Class 2A state championship this past spring. The squad finished with a 19-4-2 record and was ranked #50 in the nation. Hamil was named NSCAA Small School Coach of the Year for the third year in a row and High School Sports Report 2A Coach of the Year for the second time in three years.
Md. Jais Bin Ismail (CER, Physical Education and Coaching, 2013)
Ismail, from Malaysia, received an International Diploma in Physical Education and Sports Coaching in 2013. Ismail is currently a sports instructor in the state of Putrajaya, teaching sports training and health education. One of Ismail’s areas of specializations is coaching swimming.
Tim Johnson (MSS, Sports Studies, 2006)
Johnson graduated with honors in 2006 with a degree in Sports Studies. He also recently received a second master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the American Military University. Johnson recently got married, and he and his wife, are expecting a baby in November.
Lance Noble (MSS Sports Coaching, 2005)
Noble graduated in 2005 with a master’s degree in sports coaching. He is currently the general manager of the Texas Strikers, a professional indoor soccer team that plays in the Major Arena Soccer League and is based in Beaumount, Tex.
Jean-Claude Rabbath (MSS, current student)
Rabbah, from Dubai, is an accomplished high jumper and currently a master’s student at the Academy. He is pursuing his degree in Sports Medicine and Sports Studies. He placed first in the high jump in the 2006 Asian Games in Doha-Qatar. He won the gold medal with a winning jump of 2.23m. His performance is available for viewing at http://youtu.be/9X1fVsM3O9E.
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