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Student of the Month Amphone Rasasombath Looks Forward to Career with Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Strength and Conditioning

2020-03-16T13:35:04-05:00March 10th, 2020|

Amphone Rasasombath was already working in the patient care field when she decided to pursue her Bachelor of Sports Science degree in Sports Strength and Conditioning from the United States Sports Academy. Now, the institution’s Student of the Month is nearing the end of her bachelor’s program and eyeing a career boost in the personal training field. A native of Seattle, Wash., Rasasombath said she heard about the Academy from a friend. After graduating from Rainier Beach High School, she discovered a passion for health and fitness and earned a certificate in the field from the ACE Academy. She works as a personal fitness and aerobic trainer and would like to pursue a doctorate in the personal training discipline. “I was looking for somewhere to get a bachelor’s degree and [...]

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Academy Alumnus Patrick Catullo Promoted to Athletics Director at University of Mary Washington

2020-03-10T11:30:42-05:00March 10th, 2020|

United States Sports Academy master’s degree alumnus Patrick Catullo was recently promoted to be the director of athletics at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) in Fredericksburg, Va. Catullo earned his Master of Sports Science degree in Sports Management from the Academy in 2000. He’s also a 1995 graduate of UMW and had served as the interim director of athletics for the school since 2018. Catullo said the Academy’s flexible distance learning options allowed him to pursue his master’s degree while continuing to work in collegiate athletics. “After determining that I wanted to pursue a career in college athletics, the Academy really helped me learn and understand all that was involved in sports coaching and administration and how it related to college athletics,” Catullo said. “I was working as a [...]

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Martin Clayes Credits Academy Master’s Degree for Aiding Career as Collegiate Soccer Coach

2020-03-10T11:29:44-05:00March 10th, 2020|

Soccer coach Martin Clayes said his master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy made him competitive among job applicants and ultimately led to him being hired to lead a soccer program at the collegiate level. Clayes, a native of Perth, Scotland, earned his Master of Sports Science degree in Sports Coaching from the Academy in 2013. Clayes, who was recently hired to coach both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at East Central College in Missouri, said his Academy studies boosted his career even before he completed the master’s program. “I decided to pursue my master’s degree after I was a finalist for a head coaching position I did not get because the ‘other guy’ had a master’s,” Clayes said. “Because I was already working as a full time assistant [...]

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Academy Alumnus, National Faculty Member Dr. Tim Rice Named Assistant Coach for Ireland Under 20 Men’s Basketball Team

2020-03-10T11:28:31-05:00March 10th, 2020|

Dr. Tim Rice, a longtime coach and administrator at the collegiate, high school, and international levels has been named as an assistant coach for the Ireland men’s Under 20 National Basketball Team. Rice holds two degrees from the United States Sports Academy and is a member of the institution’s national faculty, credentialed to teach its sports education programs at home and its post-secondary, non-degree programs abroad. Rice earned his Master of Sports Science degree in Sports Management in 1999 and completed his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management in 2005. He has served as a member of the Academy’s national faculty since 2008. “The Academy has been a huge part of my life for a long time, and it has made a huge impact on my life as well,” [...]

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Student of the Month Ciara Taylor Eyes Athletic Training Career with Academy Education

2020-02-11T11:31:31-06:00February 11th, 2020|

United States Sports Academy January 2020 Student of the Month Ciara Taylor said the institution’s flexible learning options have helped in her career as a high school athletic trainer in Birmingham, Ala. Taylor is in her third year in the Academy’s Doctor of Education degree program in sports management. She works as an athletic trainer for Oak Mountain (Ala.) High School through PlaySafe, a non-profit organization that provides essential sports medicine services to youth, community, and secondary schools in the Birmingham area. “The Academy has been great because it is so flexible,” Taylor said. “As a high school athletic trainer, almost all of my work is in the afternoons and evenings. The Academy allows me to do my school work in the mornings before I go to work. I can [...]

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Academy 1995 Alumnus of the Year Mike Behymer Joins Leadership Team for Marketing Firm True Media

2020-02-11T11:28:21-06:00February 11th, 2020|

Mike Behymer has worked at the upper levels of sports marketing, sales, and management and was the United States Sports Academy’s 1995 Alumnus of the Year for his work in Major League Baseball. Now, Behymer has embarked on a new venture as the Vice President for Client Development with True Media, a company in Kansas City, Mo., that specializes in media strategy and communications. Behymer earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 1987 worked as the marketing and sales director for Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals between 1989 and 1988. “I think the thing I appreciate the most from my Academy education was the great mentorship opportunity it provided to me,” Behymer said. “I was supposed to do my master’s degree internship [...]

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Olympian Vicky Bullett Says Academy Master’s Degree Boosted Coaching Career

2020-02-11T11:25:21-06:00February 11th, 2020|

Vicky Bullett has played basketball at every level imaginable. The West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) women’s basketball coach and United States Sports Academy graduate can even count the name “Olympian” among her many accomplishments on the court. Bullett is in her fourth season coaching WVWC’s Lady Bobcats, who compete at the NCAA’s Division II level. She earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 2015, having earned her degree while she coached and taught at Hagerstown Community College in Maryland. “The Academy was beneficial to me, and it especially helped me to become a head coach at the DII level,” Bullett said. “I was able to earn my master’s degree while continuing to work as a coach and teacher. The Academy taught me that, [...]

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Student of the Month Jonathan Rosenberg Thankful for Flexibility of Academy’s Doctoral Program

2020-01-14T11:13:00-06:00January 14th, 2020|

Because of his dedication to learning and his successful mentorship program, doctoral degree candidate Jonathan Rosenberg was named the United States Sports Academy’s December 2019 Student of the Month. Rosenberg is the director of the sports management program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y. He is seeking his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management with an Olympism emphasis from the Academy. He is currently in the dissertation phase and attended the Academy’s inaugural Dissertation Writing Intensive Workshop last fall. “I chose the Academy because, first and foremost, I knew I would get a great education,” Rosenberg said. “But also, the Academy affords me the opportunity to work at my own pace. I work full time in education, so there are some days when I have [...]

Academy Alumna Dr. Linda Hilgenbrinck Serves Students with Adapted Needs in Denton, Texas, Independent School District

2020-01-14T13:17:09-06:00January 14th, 2020|

United States Sport Academy master’s degree alumna Dr. Linda Hilgenbrinck has spent almost her entire career helping young people with adapted needs through physical education, working at every level of education for more than 30 years. The 2012 National Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year, Hilgenbrinck earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports fitness and health management from the Academy in 1984 and holds a Ph.D. in adapted physical education from Texas Women’s University. She works as an Adapted Physical Education Specialist within the Denton (Texas) Independent School District (ISD), serving students with adapted needs in eight schools and at every age level from kindergarten through high school. “Even though I earned my master’s degree a while ago, I still use the things I learned from the [...]

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Academy Alumnus Mike Leach Named Head Football Coach at Mississippi State

2020-01-14T10:54:14-06:00January 14th, 2020|

Mike Leach, a two-time national coach of the year and former United States Sports Academy Alumnus of the Year, was recently hired as the head football coach at Mississippi State University. Leach is known as the mastermind behind the “Air Raid” offense that has put up huge offensive numbers in his head coaching stops and Washington State and Texas Tech and also when he was an assistant coach at Kentucky. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in American studies and earning his Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law – where he originally planned to be an attorney – Leach decided to take a different career path as a football coach.  He earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the [...]

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Los Angeles Rams Rehab Director Byron Cunningham Named United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Alumnus of the Year

2020-01-14T10:43:31-06:00January 14th, 2020|

In late October 2018, Byron Cunningham earned a promotion within the athletic training staff of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams organization. One year later, Cunningham was named the United States Sports Academy’s Alumnus of the Year for 2019. Cunningham is the director of rehabilitation and assistant athletic trainer for the Rams’ award winning training staff. He spent the previous eight seasons as a physical therapist and assistant athletic trainer for the Rams. A native of Mobile, Ala., Cunningham earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports medicine from the Academy in 2002. The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to the year’s most outstanding Academy graduate and the honoree must represent the ideals of sport and of the institution. “The Academy was the best of both worlds for [...]

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West Florence Basketball Coach Daryl Jarvis Says Coaches Must be Mentors and Teachers First

2019-12-10T11:15:54-06:00December 10th, 2019|

West Florence (S.C.) High School boys’ basketball coach Daryl Jarvis learned more than just the X’s and O’s of coaching while pursuing his master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy. Jarvis holds a Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy. He led the West Florence boys to their first region title since 1992 in his first season there after being hired by the school in May 2018. “The Academy gave me insight into all of the administrative parts of the job,” Jarvis said. “Sports management and coaching are about more than just the X’s and O’s and jimmies and joes. From facilities, to money management/budgeting within the program, marketing, the laws that need to be followed in certain situations, liability and so many other things [...]

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