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Student of the Month Cheryl Tabone is a Coach, Educator, and Leader in Her Community

2020-06-09T13:42:07-05:00June 9th, 2020|

Cheryl Tabone works as a coach, adjunct professor, and a nonprofit organization president in the Buffalo, N.Y. area. The United States Sports Academy’s Student of the Month, Tabone hopes that her doctoral education from the institution will help her earn an athletic director position at the collegiate level. Tabone already earned a Master of Sports Science dual degree in Sports Coaching and Sports Medicine from the Academy in 2018. Now, she’s seeking her Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management with a specialization in sports leadership and a focus in sports medicine. The Fredonia, N.Y., resident is also breaking down barriers in her field. She’s an assistant coach for the men’s soccer team at Buffalo State University (BSU), where she’s the only female coach on a men’s team in the [...]

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Robert Jackson Uses Academy Education in Work as High School Principal in South Carolina

2020-06-09T11:45:39-05:00June 9th, 2020|

Recently hired high school principal Robert Jackson said his master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy informed his work as a coach and led to a career in academic administration. Jackson, who holds a Master of Sports Science degree in Sports Management from the Academy, begins his work at Westwood High School in Blythewood, S.C., on July 1 2020. He previously worked as the principal at Longleaf Middle School, which feeds into Westwood, and also spent time as a head basketball coach and physical education teacher early in his career. After completing his degree in 2003, Jackson soon became the assistant principal at Barnwell (S.C.) High School, then worked as assistant principal for instruction at Dutch Fork High School and principal of Irmo Middle School International Academic Magnet. “The [...]

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Academy Alumna Amy Brooks Named Girls’ Basketball Coach, Assistant AD at Savannah Country Day School

2020-06-09T10:36:43-05:00June 9th, 2020|

Savannah (Ga.) Country Day School girls’ basketball coach, assistant athletic director and physical education department chair Amy Brooks said her education from the United States Sports Academy taught her some valuable lessons, none more important than the value of networking. Brooks is part of the Academy’s network of thousands of graduates working at all levels of sport around the world. She earned her Master of Sports Science degree in Sports Management from the Academy in 1989 and has worked as a coach at the high school and AAU levels in her career. “In the sport profession, it is very important to have a personal network of contacts who can help you find jobs and get further in your career,” Brooks said. “The Academy really showed me the value in developing [...]

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Love for Soccer Gave Academy Alumnus Rick Fenoglio Lengthy Career in UK

2020-06-09T08:36:38-05:00June 9th, 2020|

Rick Fenoglio has been described as a “leading American soccer scientist” with more than 30 years of experience coaching and teaching different aspects of the game abroad in the United Kingdom. He’s worked at the highest levels of soccer there, including spending time with both the Manchester United and Manchester City professional clubs. A native of Bristol, Tenn., Fenoglio earned a Master of Sports Science degree from the United States Sports Academy in 1989. The longtime soccer professional recently retired from working as a senior lecturer in football (soccer) at Manchester Metropolitan University to focus his efforts on contributing to the development of the sport in the United States. Fenoglio plans to launch a youth soccer academy in his home state of Tennessee. In addition to work at Manchester Metropolitan [...]

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Student of the Month Cory Baker Using Academy Education in Community Event Effort

2020-05-12T09:01:41-05:00May 12th, 2020|

Cory Baker is a high school basketball coach trying to bring people in his community together through the sport. The United States Sports Academy’s Student of the Month, Baker is using what he’s learned in his Bachelor of Sports Science degree program to aide his efforts in organizing a Hoop it Up basketball tournament in the Winston-Salem, N.C., area. Baker is pursuing his Academy bachelor’s degree in sports management. He said his courses on fundraising in sports and sports marketing and promotions have been beneficial in his quest to help his community. Baker – the head junior varsity basketball coach at Parkland (N.C.) Magnet High School – is organizing the Hoop it Up tournament as his degree program mentorship. The 3x3 basketball tournament for all ages is currently scheduled for [...]

Academy Grad Lorenzo Canalis Retires After Storied Coaching Career at Berry College

2020-05-12T09:00:01-05:00May 12th, 2020|

United States Sports Academy master’s degree holder Lorenzo Canalis, the winningest women’s soccer coach in Berry College history, recently announced his plan to retire after 25 seasons leading the Vikings on the pitch. A native of Torino, Italy, Canalis earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 1991. He served as the Vikings’ women’s soccer coach since 1995 and amassed a 322-137-37 record. He coached 39 All-Southern Athletic Association (SAA) selections, 130 SAA Academic Honor Roll honorees, a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, and led the team to a 2014 Southern Athletic Association regular-season championship. He was also named the SAA's Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Like many of the Academy’s degree holders and students, Canalis studied with the institution while he [...]

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Student of the Month Daniel Kane Eyes Boost in Education Career with Academy Doctoral Degree

2020-04-14T11:04:30-05:00April 14th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy’s student of the Month Daniel Kane said he’s looking forward to earning his doctoral degree and using it to progress through the ranks of the teaching profession in higher education. Kane is a faculty member in the department of tourism and hospitality at Kingsborough Community College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system in Brooklyn. Kane, an Academy Doctor of Education degree student, discovered the institution on the recommendation of alumnus and national faculty member Dr. Anthony Borgese, who is the chair of Kane’s department at Kingsborough. “I found out about the Academy from Dr. Borgese when I taught an introduction to sports management course with him,” Kane said. “I couldn’t be happier with the result. The Academy is the best program [...]

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Academy Alumna Dr. Monique Carroll Hired as Athletic Director at Huston-Tillotson University

2020-04-14T10:58:32-05:00April 14th, 2020|

An experienced collegiate athletics administrator with more than a decade of work on her resume, United States Sports Academy alumna Dr. Monique Carroll was recently hired to lead the athletic programs at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. Carroll earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2012 before earning her doctoral degree in sports management from Northcentral University. A native of New Boston, Texas, Carroll previously served as Deputy Athletic Director for Internal Operations and Senior Woman Administrator at South Carolina State University. In that role, she served as the sport administrator for 10 sports. In addition to serving as a sport administrator, Carroll oversaw various units including, business operations, compliance, academics, strength and conditioning, sports medicine, ticketing, sports information, and game day operations. [...]

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‘Servant-Leadership’ Advocate Dr. Marty Durden Takes Over High School Athletic Department in Georgia

2020-04-14T11:21:05-05:00April 14th, 2020|

United States Sports Academy doctoral degree holder Dr. Marty Durden is taking his brand of “servant-leadership” and nearly five decades of athletic leadership to a new position at Calvary Christian School in Columbus, Ga. Durden earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2016 and has written extensively about the “servant-leader” model of coaching, including in a 2019 Sport Digest piece titled “The Call for a Higher Standard Than Winning.” Durden is the new athletic director at Calvary Christian School in Columbus, Ga. Durden is a veteran coach whose teams have won state championships in basketball, baseball, football, and golf over the span of nearly five decades. He previously worked as the athletic director at Presbyterian School in Houston, and has also has worked as [...]

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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