Academy Board of Visitors Member and Honoree Dr. Gaylon McCollough Named 2017 Distinguished Sportsman

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The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (ASHOF) Board of Directors has announced that Dr. Gaylon McCollough and Pete Derzis will be recognized as the 2017 Distinguished Sportsmen at the ASHOF 49th Induction Banquet on Saturday, 13 May 2017. McCollough, who lives in Gulf Shores, Ala., is a member of the United States Sports Academy’s Board of Visitors and was the Academy’s 2015 Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award winner. A renowned facial plastic surgeon, McCollough is being…

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Sports Writer Philip Hersh Receives 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Philip Hersh, a long-time sports writer for the Chicago Tribune, has received a 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy for his commitment to reporting on the global world of sport, including his notable coverage of the Olympic Games. As part of its annual Awards of Sport program, the Academy presents the Distinguished Service Award to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction,…

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Sports Talk

Spring Sports Preview and Professional Sports Playoff Discussion

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Sports fans, mark your calendar to tune in live at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program. This week, Sports Talk moderator Ben Billman, Academy graduate teaching assistant, will discuss the spring sports season, NBA and NHL playoffs, and more, joined by Dr. Fred Cromartie, Academy director of doctoral studies; and Dr. Brandon Spradley, Academy director of sports management. You can view the…

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Sindarius Thornwell and Morgan William

Thornwell, William Named United States Sports Academy March Athletes of the Month

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DAPHNE, Ala. – University of South Carolina basketball player Sindarius Thornwell and Mississippi State basketball player Morgan William have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for March. Thornwell averaged 23.6 points, 7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists and shot 40.6 percent from behind the three-point line as the Gamecocks advanced to their first NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four in school history in March. He scored at least…

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Sprinter Omara Durand Receives 2016 Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Disabled Athlete Award from the United States Sports Academy

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Cuban sprinter Omara Durand, the world’s fastest female Paralympian, has been presented the 2016 Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Disabled Athlete Award from the United States Sports Academy. The Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC President’s Disabled Athlete Award is presented annually to the physically or mentally challenged athlete 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. The…

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Derek Williams

Cincinnati Christian Basketball Coach Derek Williams Says Academy Mentorship Helped Launch College Coaching Career

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Derek Williams will soon enter his second season as the head women’s basketball coach at Cincinnati Christian University, an accomplishment he attributes to his United States Sports Academy education and mentorship. Williams has risen through the ranks of basketball coaching, from his beginning as a middle school coach to leading a collegiate program. Williams earned his Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports studies from the Academy in 2014 and a master’s degree in coaching…

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Jennifer Saylor

Academy Alumna Jennifer Saylor Named to Lead Rockford University Volleyball

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United States Sports Academy alumna Jennifer Saylor, a successful volleyball coach with experience at both the high school and collegiate levels, has been named head coach of the women’s volleyball program at Rockford University in Rockford, Ill. Saylor previously spent five years as head volleyball coach at both Morton High School in Morton, Ill., and the Capital Volleyball Academy in Madison, Wisc. She also served as head volleyball coach for four years at Lake Forest…

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Aaron Muhic

United States Sports Academy Alumnus Aaron Muhic’s College Basketball Coaching Career Spans Two Countries

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Aaron Muhic, who has more than 21 years of head basketball coaching experience in the United States, has taken on a new professional adventure — coaching in Canada. The United States Sports Academy alumnus is currently rebuilding the men’s basketball program at Trinity Western University (TWU). Muhic, a Sacramento, Calif., native, earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 1996. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University,…

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graduates

Congratulations to our recent graduates, who hail from nine states across the country.

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Congratulations to our recent graduates, who hail from nine states across the country. Doctoral Graduates Dr. Peter Joseph Vanni (Swarthmore, Pa.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Health and Fitness, Sports Leadership Emphasis, With Honors Dr. Daniela L. Benavidez (Fresno, Calif.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Health and Fitness, Sports Leadership Emphasis Master’s Graduates Jaymie L. Cox (Bremerton, Wash.) – M.S.S. Sports Management, M.S.S. Sports Coaching, With Honors Erin L. Diamond (Los Angeles, Calif.) – M.S.S….

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Academy Founder Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich Inducted into Mobile Sports Hall of Fame

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Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Founding President of the United States Sports Academy and a long-time leader in sport and sport education around the globe, was inducted into the Mobile (Ala.) Sports Hall of Fame (MSHOF) at the 2017 Induction Banquet at on Thursday, 6 April 2017, at Mobile’s Battle House Hotel. Founded in 1988, the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame honors the city of Mobile’s many heroes and influential figures in the world of sports….

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Voting Open for Academy Athlete of the Month for March

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for March and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from five countries comprise the list. Each month, the public is invited to participate in the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes and then voting online during the first week of every month….

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Celebrated Artists Meet in Greece through United States Sports Academy

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy and Founding President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich recently were able to bring together two celebrated artists usually separated by thousands of miles.  Fairhope, Ala., artist B’Beth Weldon, standing, met for lunch in Athens, Greece, with Greek artist Dr. Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki, at left.  Weldon serves on the Academy’s Art Committee and Valyraki was the Academy’s 2002 Sport Artist of the Year.  Also joining was Weldon’s daughter, Megan…

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