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Academy April Athletes of the Month: One Moore Husky and a Master of His Game

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For the second month in a row, a member of the Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team has earned the United States Sports Academy’s Female Athlete of the Month award, while a three-time champion of the Master’s golf tournament won on the male side.

The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nominating and balloting processes. Visit the Academy website and fill out the nomination form, and return to the website the first week of each month to vote on the Athlete of the Month. Winners will be announced on the Academy’s website and in the online edition of the Academy Update.

Maya Moore won the April ballot after her teammate, Tina Charles, was so honored a month earlier. The University of Connecticut’s junior forward scored 23 points and had 11 rebounds to help the Huskies overcome a sluggish first half and beat Stanford 53-47 in the NCAA women’s championship game in San Antonio, Texas. The three-time All-American had 34 points and 12 boards in a semifinal victory over Baylor.

American golfer Phil Mickelson won the April Male Athlete of the Month honors. The 18-year PGA veteran won his 3rd Masters – one of only eight players to win as many – with a three-shot victory at Augusta, Ga. on 11 April. Mickelson shot a final-round 67 that included five birdies and no bogeys. He entered the day trailing Lee Westwood by one shot. His 16-under was the best score for a winner since 2001.

Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James finished second in the April ballot for Male Athlete of the Month. Along with being named NBA MVP for the second straight year, the Cleveland forward led the NBA playoffs in scoring with a 32.3 average, as the Cavaliers defeated the Chicago Bulls in five games of their first-round playoff series. He scored at least 30 points in four of his eight starts in April.

The comeback story of the year for tennis, Kim Clijsters finished second on the female side. The former No. 1 player in the world won 17 consecutive points in the second set and to defeat Venus Williams 6-2, 6-1 in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open. Less than a year after ending a two-year retirement, the 2009 U.S. Open champion has climbed from unranked to No. 11 in the world.

Third place on the male side went to Boston Marathon Champion Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya. Cheruiyot won the 114th Boston Marathon in record style, breaking the course record in a time of 2:05.52. It was 82 seconds faster than the course record set in 2006 by Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, who is not related. It was the 18th victory by a Kenyan in the last 20 Boston events.

On the female side, national champion gymnast Susan Jackson finished third. The Louisiana State University senior won the all-around and the balance beam at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships in Gainesville, Fla. The 11-time All-American finished second in the vault for the second year in a row after winning it as a sophomore. She finished her college career with three national titles.

Sports Management Conference in June

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The 2010 Conference of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) will be held 1-5 June in Tampa, Fla.

Hosted by the University of Tampa, the conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, a 35-acre resort-like hotel located alongside a wildlife preserve on the upper shores of Tampa Bay. It is just minutes from the beaches.

For more information, contact Dr. Ming Li at Ohio University or Dr. Ross Bartow at the University of Tampa.

Nick Saban Coming to Academy Campus to Receive Coach of the Year Award

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Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award winner Nick Saban hoists the BCS championship trophy after his Alabama Crimson Tide defeated Texas 37-21 in the BCS title game.

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban will be at the United States Sports Academy’s Daphne campus to receive the 2009 Amos Alonzo Stagg award for outstanding men’s sports coach of the year at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, 18 May.

Saban, who earned his second career national title as a head coach this past season, will be presented the award at the Iron Bowl Monument, located on the campus near the corner of One Academy Drive and Main Street. The public is invited to attend the ceremony free of charge.

The Crimson Tide returned to the top of the college football world during Saban’s third season at the helm. He brought the school its first national championship since 1992 (and 13th overall) with a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title game win over Texas, 37-21, to finish an undefeated season. Alabama also won its 22nd Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship and first since 1999 with a 32-13 win over No. 1 Florida in a battle of the country’s top-ranked teams. The victory over Florida was selected by the Academy as the 2009 College Football Game of the Year.

Saban also won the 2003 BCS championship at Louisiana State University. He has a career college record of 124-50-1 and is 33-8 during three seasons at Alabama.

The Amos Alonzo Stagg Coach of the Year Award is given annually to an individual who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach and exhibits a high standard of propriety, imagination, and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches. Stagg was an accomplished coach in many sports, and is acknowledged as the “Grand Old Man” of the gridiron. He was also a pioneer and innovator during a long and distinguished career associated with athletics. He finished his college head coaching career with a then-record 314 victories.

The Academy has been awarding the Stagg Coach of the Year Award since 1984. Late Grambling coach Eddie Robinson, who was the second to pass Stagg on the all-time college football coaching wins list, was the inaugural recipient of the award. Other past winners include Penn State’s Joe Paterno (1989 and 2001), Florida State’s Bobby Bowden (1992) and Duke and U.S. Olympic basketball team head coach Mike Krzyzewski (2008).

Iron Bowl Statue to be Dedicated by Nick Saban

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A statue commemorating one of college football’s most celebrated rivalries, the Iron Bowl, will be dedicated by a coach who has won the annual clash between the University of Alabama and Auburn University the last two years. And he has a couple of national championship rings as well.

Nick Saban, the head coach of the 2009 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide football team, will appear on the United States Sports Academy’s campus in Daphne, Alabama at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 to dedicate the Academy’s Iron Bowl Statue, a creation of Fairhope artist Bruce Larsen.

Alabama won the national title during Saban’s third year as head coach, giving the 16-year veteran head coach his second BCS Championship, his first being in 2003 at Louisiana State University.

Academy President Gives Presentation in Greece on the Use of Art for Olympic Education

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United States Sports Academy President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich will travel to Athens, Greece on 13-17 May 2010 to present a lecture on Olympic posters and their impact on sport art and the Games.

The presentation is part of the International Olympic Academy’s 10th Joint International Session for presidents or directors of National Olympic Academies and officials of National Olympic Committees. More than 150 Olympic officials from around the world are expected to attend the session.

The session centers around new challenges that Olympic organizing committees and academies must contend with and collaborate on in this era of the Games.

Dr. Rosandich is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, which advises the IOC on the promotion of culture and Olympic education and supports programs and activities related to the education of youth through sport. Its role is to advise the IOC Executive Board on what policies the IOC and Olympic Movement should adopt in terms of the promotion of culture and Olympic education.

New Courses Excite Doctoral Students

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The United States Sports Academy has added three new emphases to its one-of-a-kind doctoral program.

The programs will be implemented beginning with the summer term, which begins in June. The new emphases are in the areas of Sports Coaching, Fitness and Health, and Sports Theory.

The program is delivered 100 percent online and has recently adopted a portfolio to replace comprehensive exams.

Each emphasis consists of three classes, which are three semester hours and require class papers. A description of each emphasis and the classes required follow:

Sports Coaching

SAB 657
Psychology of Elite Performance: Examines psychological factors that are most critical to elite sport performances.
SAB 670
Selected Readings in Sports Coaching: Students conduct a series of literature reviews about an approved sports coaching topic.
SAB 671
Advanced Coaching Theories: Students may select sports coaching readings from a preselected reading list in order to complete a series of book reports. Readings consist of topics such as leadership, communication, management, skill acquisition and risk management.

Fitness and Health

SAR 710
Advanced Exercise Physiology and Scientific Principles in Fitness and Health: Designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of exercise physiology and scientific principles used to evaluate physiological components. Prerequisite course: Masters Level Exercise Physiology.
SAR 715
Contemporary Issues in Health and Fitness: Students evaluate hot topics in the health and fitness industry in the field of nutrition, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, cardio-respiratory fitness and body composition. Prerequisite course: Masters Level Exercise Physiology.
SAR 720
Advanced Strength and Conditioning: Designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of the physiological principles, mechanisms, and program design necessary to plan, evaluate and modify exercise programs. Prerequisite course: SAR 710.

Sports Theory

SAB 659
Group Dynamics in Sports: Examines the influence of teams on the individual performance and the influence of individuals on team performance in sports settings.
SAM 735
Strategic planning for Sports Organizations: Designed to provide analysis of strategic planning, including the development of vision and mission statements and the use of environmental scans, gap analysis, action planning and benchmarking.
SAB 791
The goal for this course is to conduct database searches on an approved topic in sports theory. In this course students will present a comprehensive analysis and application of the approved topic within the scope of sports theory. It is advisable to compile readings and research on topics that may relate to one’s dissertation topic.

Programs Continue in Kingdom of Bahrain

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President of the Bahraini Olympic Committee, His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, meets with Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich to discuss sport programs in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The United States Sports Academy and the Kingdom of Bahrain have agreed to continue their longstanding relationship, as the Academy will continue to deliver its sport programs to the nation.

The Academy currently delivers its International Certificate in Sports Management (ICSM) program in Bahrain. In 2011, the Academy’s International Sport Diploma program will be implemented for the General Organization for Youth in Sports (GOYS).

His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, the head of Bahrain’s Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, discussed initiatives with Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich during recent meetings.

Still an active sportsman, the Bahrain youth and sport leader won the 160 kilometer event in the 2009 Thetford Horse Endurance Rides in Norfolk, UK. He will be competing in the Kentucky Cup Horse Endurance Race in Lexington, Ky. this fall.

Academy Mourns Passing of IOC President Emeritus Samaranch

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From left, Cristobal Gabarron, the 1992 Sport Artist of the Year; former longtime International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch; and Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich at The Atlanta Star.

The United States Sports Academy mourns the passing of former International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch, who passed away on Wednesday, 21 April 2010, at the age of 89 in his hometown of Barcelona, Spain.

Samaranch was considered the father of the Paralympic Games, an Olympic event which falls under the governance of the IOC. In his honor, in 2005, the Academy added Samaranch’s name to its IOC Disabled Athlete Award. The Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Disabled Athlete award is presented annually to an athlete with physical or cognitive disabilities who displays courage, desire and athletic ability in the face of adversity to achieve the goals set forth in the athlete’s particular arena of competition.

Samaranch was the second-longest serving president in IOC history, for 21 years, from 1980 to 2001. He was succeeded by the current president, Jacques Rogge. During Samaranch’s reign the Olympics soared to unprecedented heights in popularity.

Samaranch and Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich shared a close friendship.

“He was a good friend. We shared a strong common interest in the arts, and we had two favorite artists, in (Spanish maestro) Cristobal Gabarron and (Swiss painter) Hans Erni,” said Rosandich. “The Academy lost a good friend.”

Samaranch wrote the foreword for an Academy publication, “The Atlanta Star — An Olympic Forest, A Study in Olympism: History, Art, Culture and Science 1896-1996.” The book was released in conjunction with the 1996 Games in Atlanta which featured The Atlanta Star, a large design that consisted of 26 pillars, representing each Olympiad since 1896, the year the Modern Olympics began. The book featured the Olympic works of Gabarron, the 1992 American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year.

Academy Sport Artist Creates Peace and Harmony Award

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First Lady of Malaysia receives the sculpture created by Eylanbekov.

Past Sport Artist of the Year and internationally acclaimed sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov created the sculpture used for the inaugural International Peace and Harmony Award, which was presented to the First Lady of Malaysia at a ceremony in New York on Friday, 16 April 2010.

From the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), the award was presented to Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of the Honorable Dato Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, for her extensive charitable efforts and to celebrate the important links between Malaysia and the United States. United States Sports Academy President, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, whose relationship with Malaysia dates back more than 50 years, and the Academy are vital links in the chain of international cooperation.

Eylanbekov was named an Official Artist for the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. He produced the U.S. Olympic Team Commemorative Statue. In 2004, he won the International Olympic Committee’s Sport Art Competition for the Athens Olympics and also was named the United States Sports Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year.

Datin Seri Rosmah holds many prestigious positions in various organizations in Malaysia. She is the Acting President of BAKTI, the Welfare Association of Ministry Wives, and President of the Netball Association of Wilayah Persekutuan, as well as a patron of other organizations, including the Children in Hope Foundation, Puspanita Ministry of Defense, Heart to Heart Association of Malaysia, the Persatuan Warga Cinta Negara Malaysia, and the Thalesemia Association of Malaysia.

Women’s Coach of the Year

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Five-time national champion lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller received the United States Sports Academy’s 2009 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award for outstanding women’s sports coach of the year, which was presented on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. by Academy alumna/Trustee and ESPN Executive Dr. Linda Moore.

Hiller guided Northwestern University to a 23-0 record and fifth consecutive national championship last year. The Wildcats became just the second lacrosse program to accomplish that feat. Her career record is 147-25 going into a Friday, 30 April home game against Virginia.

As a player, Hiller was the 1995 and 1996 NCAA Division I Lacrosse Player of the Year, leading Maryland to national titles in both seasons. She was a four-time All-America in lacrosse, ending her career as the school’s all-time record holder for career goals (187), assists (132) and points (319, 70 more than second place). In addition, Amonte Hiller also earned All-America accolades in soccer for the Terrapins and was named the ACC Female Athlete of the Year in 1996 for all sports.

Dr. Moore, a member of the Academy’s Board of Trustees who received her master’s degree in sports management from the Academy in 1989, is the Senior Director of Business Administration for ESPN Productions, the division that produces special events like the X Games and ESPN’s original motion pictures.

The C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is named in honor of Stringer, the only woman to take three different schools to the Women’s Final Four. She is currently the head coach at Rutgers. The award is presented to an individual coaching a female team who exhibits a high standard of propriety, imagination, and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.

Web Developer Honored by Academy President

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Matthew Turney, a Web Developer at the United States Sports Academy, has been given a Certificate of Appreciation by President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich.

Turney corrected a persisting issue with the Ajax Marking Block for the Course Management System (CMS) that wasn’t being addressed by Moodle developers. Turney’s solution was shared with the Moodle community and incorporated into the most recent release of the product.

Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Coach Accepts Stringer Award

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Kelly Amonte Hiller, left, the 2009 C. Vivian Stringer Coach of the Year, shows off her Order of the Eagle Exemplar Medal and Academy Rosette and plaque she received from Academy Trustee and alumna, Dr. Linda K. Moore, the Senior Director of Business Administration for ESPN.

Northwestern University women’s lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller, leader of the powerhouse Wildcats program, accepted the United States Sports Academy’s 2009 C. Vivian Stringer Coach of the Year Award on 20 April 2010.

Making the presentation was Trustee Dr. Linda Moore, the Senior Director of Business Administration at ESPN, and an alumna of the Academy.

Amonte Hiller’s 2009 team went 23-0 on the way to its fifth straight NCAA championship, becoming just the second lacrosse program to accomplish that feat. Her career record is 146-25. Including the two national titles she won as an All-American at Maryland, Amonte Hiller now has been part of seven national championships.

Amonte Hiller took over when Northwestern was a club program in 2001. It didn’t take her long to make an impact. After a 5-10 record her first year, the team reached .500 the following season. In the last six seasons combined, the Wildcats have lost a total of six games.

Northwestern is again among the best teams in college lacrosse, with a 12-1 record through 13 games. The Wildcats’ only loss came to No. 2-ranked North Carolina, when Northwestern was ranked No. 1 in the country.

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