A United States Sports Academy alumnus has been named senior associate athletic director at Jacksonville (Ala.) State University (JSU).
Gregory B. Bonds was named to the post by JSU Athletic Director Gregory K. Seitz.
“I’ve worked alongside Greg for a number of years and know he is the perfect fit for this position within our department,” Seitz said.“He shares my vision for JSU and its athletics department, and we look forward to continuing to make Jax State the best in can be – on the fields of competition, in the classroom and in our community.”
Bonds is in his 25th year with the Gamecock athletic department. In his new role he oversees all financial aspects in the department; coordinates personnel searches with the athletic director; and monitors the department’s commitment to equity and student-athlete wellbeing, among other duties.
He previously served as associate athletic director for internal affairs; assistant athletic director and coordinator for NCAA Compliance; director of student athletic services; and assistant women’s basketball coach.
A native of Douglas, Ala., Bonds earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from JSU. He recently completed his Doctor of Education in Sports Management degree from the Academy.
Bonds serves on the Alabama Athlete Agent Commission and is a member of the College Athletic Business Management Association (CABMA) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). He has co-authored articles on the prevention and management of concussions in sport for the Academy’s refereed publication, The Sport Journal.
“The educational experience I received at the United States Sports Academy has enhanced my professional career,” Bonds said.
“My involvement with intercollegiate athletics spans over 25 years. The Academy helped broaden my knowledge base while strengthening my leadership skills, scholarly activity, and professional engagement needed in today’s ever-changing environment.
“I had a tremendous experience as a doctoral student at the Academy. The curriculum was meaningful, challenging, and rigorous. The quality of education I received was relevant and significant. The faculty were always very supportive and encouraging.
“The online approach provided by the Academy allowed me to continue working full-time while pursuing a terminal degree. The time demands associated with Division I athletics administration extend well beyond the traditional 9 to 5 work day, with many nights and weekends spent on the job. The online approach allowed me to complete the degree requirements anytime and anywhere.
“I would highly recommend others to pursue a degree from the Academy. The online programs eliminated any barriers related to time and distance.”
Located in Jacksonville in northeast Alabama, Jacksonville State University competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Ohio Valley Conference. Recent athletic highlights include a 13-2 football record in 2015 that included an appearance in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Championship game against North Dakota State University. JSU ended the year ranked second in the nation in the FCS.
Based in Daphne, Ala., 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.