Dr. Brandon Spradley, a graduate of the doctoral program at the United States Sports Academy, has been named the Executive Director of the Alumni Association. Serving as the Acting Director of Continuing Education, he earned his Doctor of Education in Sports Management with an area of specialization in Sport Leadership.
While serving as a teaching assistant at the Academy, Spradley worked on projects in the area of concussion education and developed an awareness program for coaches and athletes. He also coordinated an oral sports history project documenting the unsung stories of black athletes during segregation. This sports history project will be featured on AlabamaMosaic, an open access research platform and repository for K-12 students in Alabama.
Spradley was raised in Saraland, Ala., just north of Mobile, Ala. He ran track and field all four years at LeFlore High School and won honors as the Class 6A State Champion in the 400 meters. As a talented athlete combined with is academic achievements, he earned a scholarship to the University of Alabama and was a finalist for the Paul Bear Bryant Student-Athlete Award. It was there that Spradley received both his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a master’s degree in human performance. Accompanying his scholastic pursuits, Spradley competitively ran in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on the Tide’s relay team. Intrigued by the Academy’s unique learning environment, Spradley attended the Academy on a scholarship as a doctoral teaching assistant as he thought it was interesting that you could both enroll and teach courses online.
Aside from serving as member of the Academy’s residential faculty, Spradley has afforded to teach abroad in the Academy’s international outreach programs. He served as a faculty member for two successive years in the institution’s International Diploma in Physical Education and Sports Coaching program in Malaysia.
“I enjoyed the atmosphere and it provides you with a wealth of knowledge”, said Spradley. “I encourage others to take on international teaching assignments as they truly broaden your horizons.”
As the Acting Director of Continuing Education, he is able to apply his international teaching experience as he is responsible for organizing the Academy’s international programs. Spradley is learning how to structure different programs and is able to communicate with other sports professionals both in the United States and around the world.
“Continuing education and professional development go hand in hand. People can advance their careers and earn certificates, certifications, and sports diplomas through the Academy.” Spradley said.
Spradley noted his wish for the Alumni Association is for “Everyone to stay connected with the Academy. We want to provide alumni with more opportunities and keep them abreast of the latest occurrences at the Academy.”
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.