People, Places and Programs

Posted by | February 08, 2011 | News & Events | No Comments

Representatives of the United States Sports Academy continue to travel all over the world to teach sports education programs. For nearly four decades, the Academy has provided programs in sport education to students throughout the nation and to 60 countries across the globe.

Academy Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. T.J. Rosandich is in Thailand teaching a course in Olympism, in conjunction with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT). The course is the first in a six-part series to be hosted by the SAT for the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program. The Academy has a long-standing relationship with the SAT, sending instructors to Thailand to teach certification courses in the sports management and sports coaching programs. The SAT is Thailand’s primary sport organization and plays a vital role in the development of sport.

After completing the program, T.J. Rosandich will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to present a program to the Minister of Education to retrain all of the nation’s physical educators. After Thailand, he will go to Singapore to present the Academy’s Distinguished Service Award to Ng Ser Miang, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee and President of the first Youth Olympic Games. While in Singapore, he will also meet with Chay Yee, president of the International Sports Academy, site of the United States Sports Academy’s first diploma program.

Academy Dean of Student Services Dr. Craig Bogar and former Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Richard Bell recently taught continuing education courses in sports marketing and sport finance at the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) annual meeting and conference in Las Vegas, Nev.  The Academy is developing a program to become the academic arm to provide adult education to the NSGA and its 300,000-plus members, age 50 to over 100.

Dr. Pete Mathiesen recently returned from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he taught sports psychology in cooperation with the country’s National Institute of Sport. A successful college basketball coach who also coached professional basketball in Australia, Dr. Mathiesen is a longtime member of the Academy’s national faculty.

Academy graduate Mike Vollmar was recently named assistant athletic director for football at the University of Michigan. The 1989 master’s degree recipient and 2010 Alumnus of the Year has been serving the same post at the University of Alabama.

Academy doctoral graduate Dr. Maria Elles Scott recently went to the Kingdom of Bahrain to teach sports public relations, in conjunction with Bahrain’s General Organization of Youth and Sports (GOYS), the final course in the ICSM program. The Academy’s nearly 40-year relationship with GOYS has played a vital role in the development of sports in the Kingdom.

Dr. Scott has previously served as associate director of communications for the South Florida Super Bowl XLI Host Committee and currently teaches public relations at the University of Miami (Fla.).

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