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Olympians Ahn and Seung-hi Voted February Athletes of the Month

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After one week of online voting, the Academy announced their 2014 February male and female Athlete of the Month recipients. Russian short-track speed skater, Viktor Ahn, captured first place in the men’s division, while Park Seung-hi, a short-track speed skater from South Korea, sped to first in the women’s. Ahn who is not unaccustomed to first place, recently captured three…

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Golis Named 1st Women’s Head Lacrosse Coach of Keystone College

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Sarah Golis, who is pursuing a Master’s in Sports Medicine/Sports Management with an emphasis in Recreational Management and Sport Psychology from the Academy, has recently accomplished an ambitious achievement.  On Wednesday, 1 January 2014, Golis was selected as Keystone College’s first-ever head coach of the women’s lacrosse team. Golis looks forward to competing at the varsity level in the spring…

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Alumna Ivana Rich Makes Great Strides in Volleyball Career

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The credo “invigorated, zealous and energized” written on the insignia of Ivana Rich’s Delta Sigma Theta Sorority membership also reflects the coaching association she belongs to and embodies the volleyball teams for which she has played. Rich keeps good company as she passionately pursues her goals while maintaining balance in her life. After returning from recruiting players at the 2014…

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UNC Coach Sylvia Hatchell named 2013 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award Winner

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Sylvia Hatchell accepts 2013 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award presented by Dr. Mark Janas during half-time of the last home basketball game on Sunday, 2 March 2014. The Academy is proud to announce Sylvia Hatchell, University of North Carolina’s (UNC) head women’s basketball coach, as their 2013 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award winner. Hatchell was presented the award on Sunday,…

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Distinguished Service Award Presented to Longtime Track and Field Coach

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Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Academy President and CEO, presented Mr. Vic Godfrey (right) with a Distinguished Service Award in Daphne, Ala., on Thursday, 6 March 2014.  A longtime track and field coach, Godfrey was the first National Faculty member to serve the Academy internationally when he went on assignment to the Kingdom of Bahrain in 1977.  Godfrey, currently the cross…

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People, Places and Programs

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Joe Castiglione, the Director of Athletics at the University of Oklahoma and the Academy’s 2012 Carl Maddox Sports Management Award recipient, will be recognized as Oklahoma City University’s (OCU) 2013-14 recipient of the Abe Lemons/Paul Hansen Award for Sports Excellence. Castiglione will receive the award during the annual OCU Sports Spectacular dinner and auction on Wednesday, 2 April 2014, at…

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NACDA Names The Corbett Award and the Hall of Fame Class Recipients

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The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced Bill Byrne, the former director of athletics at Texas A&M, as their 2014 James J. Corbett Memorial Award recipient. Byrne served as a director of athletics for 29 years and now serves as the special advisor to the President at Texas A&M. Given annually since 1967, the James J. Corbett…

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Bruce Larsen’s Art of Life

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Bruce Larsen’s steel seahorse rises above a bluff in Fairhope overlooking the bay. A thin wasp nest hangs from a gear in the curve of the chest and pine needles stick out of the roller chain tail. As the metal pieces rust in the salt air, the seahorse that Larsen made with John Rezner was inspired by nature and becomes…

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Black History Beyond Sport: Julius Caesar Hope

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by Brandon Spradley The Academy highlights Reverend Julius Caesar Hope, a graduate of Mobile County Training School (Plateau, Alabama) in 1950. Hope graduated from Alabama State University, where he was a quarterback on the football team and a catcher on the baseball team. He served in the United States Air Force for four years and was a member of the…

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Joan Cronan Joins Academy’s Board of Trustees

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The United States Sports Academy is pleased to welcome to the Board of Trustees Joan Cronan, the senior advisor to the chancellor and the women’s director of athletics emerita for the University of Tennessee. Under Cronan’s supervision for nearly 30 years, she is credited with leading the program to its most successful stretch under the management of one director. Cronan…

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