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Acting Director of Continuing Education

Congratulations to Mr. Brandon Spradley, the acting Director of the Sports Academy’s Continuing Education Department. He was recently ordained as a minster in a ceremony at Covenant of Grace Ministries in Collerville, Tenn.

Congratulations to Erik Compton
Congratulations to professional golfer, Erik Compton, for earning a runner-up finish in the US Open on June 15th, in Pinehurst, N.C. Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, received the Academy’s Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award in 2012. Compton finished 1-under par for the four rounds of the tournament.

 MAJOR PROGRAM EVENTS

The United States Specialty Sports Association Global Sports Baseball World Series will be held from 17 June – 27 July 2014 and will be held at the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Foley Sportsplexes.

 

 

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Judy Rose Named Sports Academy’s Carl Maddox Sport Management Award Winner

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DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich proudly announces Judy Rose as the 2014 recipient of the Carl Maddox Sport Management Award for her leadership as Director of Athletics for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

For almost 25 years, Rose has served as the athletic director for the Charlotte 49ers and has been a long-respected athletic director and coach in intercollegiate athletics.

Under her leadership, Rose recently brought football to the 49ers, as they built a football stadium and have accepted membership into Conference USA. Supporters of the institution named the football center in her honor, the Judy W. Rose Football Center.

Since 1994, she has overseen $100 million in facility construction for the 49ers athletic program, which has supported UNC-Charlotte student-athletes in each and every sport in terms of venue enhancement; strength and conditioning facilities, academic support and medical training services.

Rose was president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) in 2003-04 and the first female to serve on the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee. She has received many awards during her career including the 2001 NACDA Southeast Region Athletic Director of the Year.

She was one of five finalists for the Sports Business Journal Athletic Director of the Year this past year and received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Charlotte Business Journal “Women in Business” Awards.

Rose is active on numerous boards and is a popular guest speaker. She is currently chair of the Championship and Sport Cabinet for the NCAA and was recently appointed to serve on the NCAA Workgroup for Resource Allocation.

In addition, she has received many other accolades, including being featured as Charlotte’s “20 Dynamic Women” in 2010 and was a recipient of the Business Leader Media “2010 Charlotte Women Extraordinaire” in 2011. Rose was named Charlotte’s Woman of the Year in 1996.

A native of Blacksburg, S.C., she has been named to a trio of Hall of Fames. She became the first female to be named to the Blacksburg Hall of Fame in 1986 and more recently was named to the University of Winthrop Hall of Fame and the Women’s History Hall of Fame in Charlotte.

Rose earned a B.S. degree in physical education from Winthrop and also a master’s degree in physical education from the University of Tennessee.

She began her career with the 49ers as the women’s basketball and tennis coach in 1975. She served as the head women’s basketball coach from 1975-82 and the coordinator for women’s sports at the University from 1976-82. She had three 20-win seasons as the head coach of the 49ers, finishing with a 93-56 record. Rose also served as a graduate assistant under Pat Summitt in 1974-75.

The Carl Maddox Sport Management Award, named in honor of the former Athletic Director of Louisiana State and Mississippi State, Corbet Award Winner and United States Sports Academy Board of Trustees member, is given annually to an individual for his/her contributions to the growth and development of sport enterprise through effective management practices. The individual should exhibit mastery of all the management functions, be well known in the sport arena, and have an abiding belief in the need for ethical behavior in sport management.

The United States Sports Academy’s Award of Sport program is a long-standing awards program within the Academy, dating back to 1985. The recipients of the awards will be recognized in an awards ceremony in November.

The 2013 Carl Maddox Sport Management Award was presented to Mal Moore, the retired athletic director at the University of Alabama who passed away last year.

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.

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U.S. Sports Academy Sports Talk program to focus on bribery scandal surrounding Qatar as 2022 World Cup site

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Sports fans mark your calendars for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program.

This week the Sports Talk panel will focus on the bribery scandal surrounding the selection of Qatar in hosting the World Cup in 2022. To view the panel discussion live, visit the Academy’s Google Plus page at http://google.com/+UssaEdu.

Moderated by Dr. Arthur Ogden, Chair of Sports Management at the Academy, the program features commentary on a wide range of current events in the sporting world from a panel of experts from The Sports Academy.

Along with Dr. Ogden, the panel will include Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies at the Academy; and Dr. William Steffen, Chair of the Sports Coaching at the Academy.

The program will also be available for viewing afterwards at the USSA’s YouTube site at https://www.youtube.com/user/USSportsAcademy. The USSA’s Sports Talkprogram features discussions on current sports topic each week by Academy faculty and staff.

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.

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Chinese delegation visits American Sport Art Museum & Archives

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The United States Sports Academy welcomed some special guests to campus Friday, 30 May as a delegation from China visited the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives. The group was guests of the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The Chinese delegation was investigating the possibility for hosting an upcoming World Leisure Congress, for which Mobile will be hosting later this year. Pictured are: President and CEO Thomas P. Rosandich and Tingyue Wang from Jiaming Investment.

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The Academy Welcomed Special Guests

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The United States Sports Academy welcomed some special guests to campus earlier this week for a tour of the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives. Pictured (L-R) are: President and CEO Thomas P. Rosandich; Ms. B’Beth Weldon, USSA Art Committee; Dr. Glenn Roswal, Professor Emeritus at Jacksonville State University; and Mr. John Stephenson, Administrator from Camp ASCCA. The group met to discuss an art show for disabled children at the Coastal Arts Center in Orange Beach next fall.

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U.S. Sports Academy Sports Talk program to focus Wed. on newest lawsuit against NFL

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Sports fans mark your calendars for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (today) for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program

Moderated by Dr. Arthur Ogden, Chair of Sports Management at the Academy, the program features commentary on a wide range of current events in the sporting world from a panel of experts from The Sports Academy.

This week the Sports Talk panel will focus on the lawsuit being brought against the NFL by former players claiming they were given painkillers illegally to mask injuries, causing many to become addicted. To view the panel discussion live, visit the Academy’s Google Plus page athttp://google.com/+UssaEdu.

Along with Dr. Ogden, the panel will include Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies at the Academy; and Dr. Tim Foley, Dean of Student Services at the Academy.

The program will also be available for viewing afterwards at the Sports Academy’s YouTube site athttps://www.youtube.com/user/USSportsAcademy. The Sports Talk program features discussions on current sports topic each week by Academy faculty and staff.

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.

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Auburn University Coach Gus Malzahn Earns Academy’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award

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Head coach Gus Malzahn was presented the award Friday, May 30th at Auburn Athletics Complex.

United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich proudly announces Gus Malzahn as the 2014 recipient of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award for his exceptional first season as the Auburn University head football coach.

Malzahn, who was named National Coach of the Year by several publications and organizations, led the Tigers to the 2013 SEC Championship. Auburn finished the 2013 season with a record of 12-2 and a No. 2 ranking, advancing to the NCAA Division I National Championship game against Florida State. The season was one of the top turnarounds in major college football history. He also was named the 2013 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year.

The presentation of the Stagg Award to Coach Malzahn took place on Friday, May 30th at the Auburn Athletics Complex. Dr. Arthur Ogden, Chair of the Academy’s Sports Management program, made the presentation. Dr. Ogden served as an assistant athletic director at Auburn in the mid-1990s.

The 2013 season was a magical one for Malzahn and Auburn, as they defeated five ranked teams, including dramatic victories at No. 7 Texas A&M and back-to-back games against No. 25 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama.

The Tigers defeated Georgia in the final 30 seconds of the game as Bulldog defensive back Josh Harvey-Clemons tipped up a deep pass from quarterback Nick Marshall that landed right in the out-stretched arms of Ricardo Lewis leading to a game-winning touchdown.

During the last minute against rival Alabama, Auburn cornerback Chris Davis caught a missed field goal nine yards deep in the end zone and sprinted the ball all the way for a touchdown and a 34-28 win, sending the Tigers into SEC Championship game.

The Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award is presented to an individual who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach.  The recipient should exhibit a high standard of propriety, imagination, and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.

Malzahn also served as the offensive coordinator of the Tiger’s 2010 National Championship team.

The United States Sports Academy’s Award of Sport program is a long-standing awards program within the Academy, dating back to 1985. The recipients of the awards will be recognized in an awards ceremony in November.

The 2013 Amos Alonzo Stagg Award was given to the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, John Harbaugh, for leading his team to the playoffs for his first five years and winning the National Football League’s 2013 Super Bowl.

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.

 

U.S. Sports Academy Sports Talk Program to Focus on ‘Tommy John’ Elbow Surgery

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Sports fans mark your calendars for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program.

Moderated by Dr. Arthur Ogden, Chair of Sports Management at the Academy, the program features commentary on a wide range of current events in the sporting world from a panel of experts from The Sports Academy.

This week the Sports Talk panel will focus on the rash of “Tommy John” elbow surgeries in Major League Baseball and the implications and impact of the injury on the sport. To view the panel discussion live, visit the Academy’s Google Plus page at http://google.com/+UssaEdu.

Along with Dr. Ogden, the panel will include Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies at the Academy; and Dr. Tim Foley, Dean of Student Services.

The program will also be available for viewing afterwards at the USSA’s YouTube site at https://www.youtube.com/user/USSportsAcademy. The USSA’s Sports Talk program features discussions on current sports topic each week by Academy faculty and staff.

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.

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Dean Stephen Butler, Former Sport Coaching Chair James Thoma to teach courses in China

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The United States Sports Academy announces that the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Academy, Dr. Stephen Butler, and the former Chair of Sport Coaching at the Academy, Dr. James E. Thoma, will travel to Shanghai, China to teach in conjunction with the Shanghai Administration of Sports (SAS).

Dr. Butler will teach a Sport Coaching Methodology course, while Dr. Thoma will teach a Sport Administration for Coaches course on May 19-23 and May 26-30. These courses comprise the first two sections of the seven-part series to be hosted by the (SAS) for the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program this year.

Dr. Butler holds a Doctorate degree in Administration of Curriculum and Instruction from Auburn University; a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Chapman University; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Florida Atlantic University.

He has over 20 years of experience in higher education where he has developed curriculum, taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and served as an administrator. In addition, Dr. Butler served nearly 24 years in the United States Air Force as a B-52 navigator and military educator. His final Air Force assignment was as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, the world’s largest foreign language school.

Dr. Butler has played and coached team sports at all levels. He is also an avid runner who has competed in 30 marathons, including the Boston Marathon twice. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Big Sur International Marathon for the past 13 years.

In addition to serving as a member of the Academy’s National Faculty, Dr. Thoma is currently the Director of the Sports Business program at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, OH.

Dr. Thoma holds both a Ph.D. in Sport Science and a M.A. in Sport Management from The Ohio State University. He earned a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Grove City College.

His philosophy on sports stems from his experiences as a football and track coach from the secondary schools through the National Coach of Brunei Darussalam and his experience with athletics and administration throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East. In addition, his previous work as the Track and Field/USA National Teams Coordinator and his work with the Sports Academy have provided him with unique perspectives on the field.

For over four decades, the Academy has provided programs in sport education to students throughout the nation and to over 60 countries across the globe. It has a long-standing relationship with the SAST, which plays a vital role in the development of sports in China.

The United States Sports Academy, known around the world as America’s Sports University, is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and the 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 United States Sports Academy, “America’s Sports University,” call 251-626-3303or visit the Academy’s website www.ussa.edu.

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U.S. Sports Academy Sports Talk program to focus Wednesday on Brazil hosting World Cup and Olympics

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Sports fans mark your calendars for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talkprogram.

Moderated by Dr. Arthur Ogden, Chair of Sports Management at the Academy, the program features commentary on a wide range of current events in the sporting world from a panel of experts from The Sports Academy.

This week the Sports Talk panel will focus on the challenges that Brazil has encumbered in serving as the upcoming hosts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. To view the panel discussion live, visit the Academy’s Google Plus page at http://google.com/+UssaEdu.

Along with Dr. Ogden, the panel will include Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies at the Academy; and Dr. Bill Steffen, Chair of Sports Coaching at the Academy.

The program will also be available for viewing afterwards at the USSA’s YouTube site at https://www.youtube.com/user/USSportsAcademy. The USSA’s Sports Talk program features discussions on current sports topic each week by Academy faculty and staff.

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 Faculty Members, Dr. Stephen Butler and Dr. James Thoma, to Teach Sports Courses in China

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The United States Sports Academy announces that the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Academy, Dr. Stephen Butler, and the former Chair of Sport Coaching at the Academy, Dr. James E. Thoma, will travel to Shanghai, China to teach in conjunction with the Shanghai Administration of Sports (SAS).

Dr. Butler will teach a Sport Coaching Methodology course, while Dr. Thoma will teach a Sport Administration for Coaches course on May 19-23 and May 26-30. These courses comprise the first two sections of the seven-part series to be hosted by the (SAS) for the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program this year.

Dr. Butler holds a Doctorate degree in Administration of Curriculum and Instruction from Auburn University; a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Chapman University; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Florida Atlantic University.

He has over 20 years of experience in higher education where he has developed curriculum, taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and served as an administrator. In addition, Dr. Butler served nearly 24 years in the United States Air Force as a B-52 navigator and military educator. His final Air Force assignment was as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, the world’s largest foreign language school.

Dr. Butler has played and coached team sports at all levels. He is also an avid runner who has competed in 30 marathons, including the Boston Marathon twice. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Big Sur International Marathon for the past 13 years.

In addition to serving as a member of the Academy’s National Faculty, Dr. Thoma is currently the Director of the Sports Business program at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, OH.

Dr. Thoma holds both a Ph.D. in Sport Science and a M.A. in Sport Management from The Ohio State University. He earned a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Grove City College.

His philosophy on sports stems from his experiences as a football and track coach from the secondary schools through the National Coach of Brunei Darussalam and his experience with athletics and administration throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East. In addition, his previous work as the Track and Field/USA National Teams Coordinator and his work with the Sports Academy have provided him with unique perspectives on the field.

For over four decades, the Academy has provided programs in sport education to students throughout the nation and to over 60 countries across the globe. It has a long-standing relationship with the SAST, which plays a vital role in the development of sports in China.

The United States Sports Academy, known around the world as America’s Sports University, is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and the 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 United States Sports Academy, “America’s Sports University,” call 251-626-3303 or visit the Academy’s website www.ussa.edu.

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