His imprint is everywhere. Look around the United States Sports Academy and, in one way or another, Dr. T. J. Rosandich has touched whatever you see. Academics, personnel, technology, communications, development, you name it, if it has anything to do with America’s Sports University®, he has had a hand in it.
Consider him an administrative decathlete, if you will, decked out in business attire. Consider him a very worthy recipient of a 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the institution as well.
The DSA is given annually to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sport through education, research or service. Each nominee must possess an extensive background in sport, which means that the individual must have had significant dealings in instruction, research or service in sport for more than ten years.
Rosandich, who was recognized as the university’s Alumni of the Year in 1998, meets all that criteria and then some. The longtime Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Academy, he received both his Master of Sport Science degree in Sports Management (1989) and Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management (1999) from the university and has been an integral part of its existence and success for more than 30 years. In his current role, he has general administrative and financial oversight responsibility for the Academy, and is specifically responsible for technology and the school’s extensive international programs. His reach has extended even further within the institution and outside of it.
Attaining the academic rank of Professor because of his extensive publications and presentation record, he has served on the faculty teaching courses in sports facilities, sport finance, sports marketing, public relations and promotions, Olympism, international sport relations, sport sociology and computer technology applications for sports management. His biggest impact on the school, though, likely occurred during his time overseas when he spent nine years in Saudi Arabia, where he served as the General Manager of Saudi American Sports, a Saudi registered sport services company owned by the Academy. During his tenure there, that enterprise had more than 120 coaches on contract to serve a variety of clients in the Kingdom. The relationships he developed there played a large part in the growth of the Academy.
Rosandich served in other roles while in the Middle East, including the developer of sports programs in the Arabian Gulf region and as the Advisor to the President of the General Organization for Youth and Sports of the Kingdom of Bahrain. His international experience includes presentations on sports topics, most notably on sports marketing, facilities, technology and sports management in numerous countries, including Bahrain, Brazil, Botswana, China, Egypt, Gabon, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Malaysia, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and, of course, the United States.
In more recent times, he served as the team leader for the Assessment of the National Sport Effort in Gabon. He also has been consultant to a number of sports organizations, both domestic and international, on issues ranging from assessment of complete national programs to the planning of institutions for sports education.
A published author, he has contributed to a textbook on sports facilities, a topic his expertise on led to two years with the American Institute for Sport Design, and co-wrote a book titled, “The United States Sports Academy: Thirty Years of Service to Sport Education,” that came out in 2002, coinciding with the Academy’s 30th anniversary.
A veteran who served four years in the Army, including a tour with the 101st Airborne as a paratrooper, Rosandich has been active with civic and social organizations as well, including terms he served on the Steering Committee for the development of the Mobile (Ala.) Sports Authority, the Commission on Sport Management and Administration of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance (ICHPER-SD), the International Sport for All Federation (FISpT), the Education Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA), Baldwin County United and Mobile United, as well as time spent as a member of the organizing committee for the World Leisure Congress held in Mobile in September 2014.
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