February 2015

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.

January 2015

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.

December 2014

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.

October 2014

Jason Medlock (EdD, 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.

September 2014

Chris Johnson (EdD, Sports Management, current student)

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Christopher Johnson

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 she 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.

August 2014

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)

Harrelson5Harrelson 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.

July 2014

Dkehlenbach book_emailan 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.

image_nobleLance 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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