Dr. Marty K. AvantEmail
Dr. Avant earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and his Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of South Carolina. In addition, he has completed post-graduate study in counseling from The Citadel and is certified in sports counseling by the National Institute of Sports. Dr. Avant received his Doctorate in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy and is a member of the National Faculty and Distance Learning Faculty. He is presently an elementary school Guidance Counselor and coaches both the varsity baseball and football teams. For the past twelve years, Dr. Avant has been coaching at the recreational, middle school, and high school levels. He is also an adjunct professor at Williamsburg Technical College and is actively involved in water sports. In his free time he teaches water skiing and wakeboarding.
Dr. Lawrence BestmannEmail
Dr. Bestmann, world-renowned for his contributions to gymnastics, continues his long relationship with the United States Sports Academy as a distance learning and adjunct professor. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Florida State University while a member of the Seminoles’ national championship gymnastics team. For years Dr. Bestmann coached high school gymnastics in Florida and California and later started a gymnastics team at the University of Puerto Rico, as well as a national gymnastics program for the Kingdom of Bahrain. He has taught in Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia and was elected to the World Acrobatics Society for his contributions to international gymnastics. He was selected to teach in the Academy’s International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports program conducted in Malaysia. He taught seven courses in several locations in Malaysia during June-September 2012. Dr. Bestmann received his Ph. D in Health and Physical Education from the University of Utah.
Dr. Craig BogarEmail
Dr. Bogar has been a member of the faculty since 2007 and has served as the Dean of Student Services, the Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance, and the Director of Administration. He has taught courses for the Academy in the Kingdoms of Bahrain and Thailand. Bogar currently serves as Faculty Director for the School of Exercise Science/Associate Professor in Sport Management for the American Public University System. He also serves on the adjunct faculty of the College of Medicine at the University of South Alabama.
Prior to the Academy, Bogar was a college athletics director at Loyola University-New Orleans and the University of Mobile. He also coached swimming and track respectively at those institutions. He has also worked as a college recreation/intramurals director. Bogar was voted the Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and was voted the Southeast Region Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. Bogar has a bachelor’s degree from Bryant University, in Rhode Island, where he was swim team captain and received the Scholar-Athlete Graduation Award. He has a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and his doctorate from the Academy.
Dr. Anthony BorgeseEmail
Dr. Borgese is Chair of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality with the City University of New York at Kingsborough Community College. His interest lies in teaching and research within the field of entrepreneurship, and he is involved in Work Force and Economic Development projects that serve the greater New York City area. .He has served as a consultant for various businesses in his native, Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Borgese has a BA in Philosophy from Brooklyn College, an MBA from Baruch College, and received his Doctorate in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy.
Dr. Michael I. CulpepperEmail
Dr. Culpepper has had a successful career of teaching, coaching, training, and research. He earned his Ed. D. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alabama in 1981. He has a master’s in physiology/biophysics from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and a bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry from UAB. Dr. Culpepper also has a certificate of advanced study in education from UAB and a State of Alabama Certification in Educational Administration from the University of Montevallo. Dr. Culpepper has been associated with the United States Sports Academy since 1987 and has taught the Academy’s Sport Coaching Certification Program in Thailand and Malaysia. He has coached softball, basketball, football, tennis, and baseball and officiated in football and baseball. He has worked as a consultant and an assistant professor in the areas of health, physical therapy, and biomechanics and is a widely-published researcher in areas related to sports medicine.
Dr. Dexter J. DavisEmail
Dr. Davis is an assistant professor of sport management at Niagara University, where he has served for six years. A graduate of the United States Sports Academy’s Doctor of Education in Sport Management program, Dr. Davis previously was an assistant professor and curriculum coordinator for business technologies/sports management at Alfred (NY) State College. A former soccer coach, Dr. Davis is the Northeast Regional Chair of the NJCAA All-American Selection Committee for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A former volunteer emergency medical technician, Davis also made presentations on sports marketing and leadership.
Dr. Stan DrawdyEmail
Dr. Drawdy has over 30 years experience as an administrator, teacher, and football coach in South Carolina where he served on many athletic committees and boards including the South Carolina Football Coaches Association, South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association, South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association, and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He also had the honor of coaching in both the 1999 North-South All-Star game and the 2004 Shrine Bowl. Dr. Drawdy has a bachelor’s degree in psychology/education from Francis Marion University, a master’s degree in elementary education from Francis Marion University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Les DutkoEmail
Dr. Dutko has worked as a Nationally Certified (ATC) and Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) in the traditional setting as a high school, college, professional indoor football athletic trainer, and in the non-traditional setting as a co-founder of a free standing sports medicine clinic, and as a Corporate/Occupational Athletic Trainer. He has worked with athletes of all sports and the physically active of all ages and skill levels in preventing, evaluating, treating, and rehabilitating injuries of all types and severity. Dr. Dutko currently is the Head Athletic Trainer for the highly competitive Saint James School a private college prep school located 60 miles West of Washington DC, and provides freelance sports medicine coverage for athletic events at all levels. He has taught Health/Physical Education for 25 years at the high school level and has coached and played several sports including, football, wrestling, baseball, track & field, and soccer. Dr. Dutko earned his B.S. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, M.S. degree from West Virginia University, and his Doctorate Ed.D from the United States Sports Academy. He holds his ATC from the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification and his LAT from the Board of Medicine of Virginia and from the Board of Physicians of Maryland.
Dr. Stephen JuaireEmail
Dr. Juarie received a Ph.D in Motor Behavior at Florida State University, after several years of working as a head coach, certified athletic trainer, instructor in first aid, and water safety instructor. In 1975 he was hired to coach women’s gymnastics and softball at his alma matter, Winona State University in Minnesota, where he led the softball team to the NAIA College World Series and the gymnastics team to two national championships. After retiring from coaching, he worked as an athletic director, helping WSU change from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. Dr. Juaire received his Bachelor’s of Science and Master of Science degree from WSU.
Dr. Richard LeonardEmail
Richard Leonard, Ph.D., is currently a professor of business administration at Flagler College in Tallahassee, Florida. His main academic concentration over the past 10 years has been publishing textbooks. Leonard’s textbooks, published by the International Center for Performance Excellence – Fitness Information Technology at West Virginia University, include The Administrative Side of Coaching: Applying Business Concepts to Athletic Program Administration and Coaching (1st ed. 2005, 2nd ed., 2008), Fundraising for Sport and Athletics (1st ed., 2012), and Principle of Sport Administration (1st ed., 2013). His latest book entitled Summer Sports Camps 101 is in the final stages of editorial review and will be published later in 2015.
For six seasons, Dr. Leonard was the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Under Leonard, whose career record as a head coach stands at 144-69, the Lady Panthers hold the best winning percentage in school history at .676. For his efforts, Leonard was named Trans American Coach of the Year in 2000 and the Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2003. Dr. Leonard has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Robert Morris University, an MBA in management from Florida Metropolitan University—Tampa College, and a PhD in administration and management from Walden University.
Mr. James Mattern joins the Academy after most recently working in the athletic department at Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, PA. He recently served as a graduate assistant in the athletics program and as the interim head coach of the school’s women’s swimming team.
Prior to working at Lock Haven, he worked in the sports information department at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Mattern received his master’s degree in Sports Administration from Lock Haven in 2014 and his bachelor’s degree from the school in Sports Administration in 2012.
Dr. Jordan Moon, CSCS*D, HFSEmail
Dr. Moon received his PhD in Exercise Physiology from The University of Oklahoma, his Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Florida Atlantic University, and his Bachelor’s degree in Movement Science from Grand Valley State University. Dr. Moon is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D) through the NSCA and a Certified Health and Fitness Specialist (HFS) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He is a former Chair of Sport Fitness and Health at the United States Sports Academy and is currently the Research Director at the MusclePharm Sports Science Institute. He has trained all levels of athletes, including professionals in Major League baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, as well as college athletes and teams in addition to youth and fitness clients. He has presented at multiple scientific conferences, including NSCA and ACSM national conferences and has published more than 80 research articles and abstracts in the areas of sports nutrition and human body composition and changes regarding age and fitness level. His publication can be found in more than a dozen diverse scientific journals and he serves as a research reviewer for more than a dozen different journals as well.
Dr. Tim NewmanEmail
Dr. Newman is currently an associate professor at York College of Pennsylvania. Heearned his doctorate in sport management at the United States Sports Academy (1999), his master’s degree in education at the University of Virginia (1995) and his bachelor’s degree from Towson State University (1994). As a member of the United States Sports Academy’s National Faculty, Dr. Newman works with distance learning students and has taught courses in Botswana, Malaysia and Thailand. He actively contributes his time to a variety of community projects and volunteer programs each year. Dr. Newman writes a weekly blog and his primary areas of research include marketing, new media, social networking and issues related to leadership.
Dr. David PetersonEmail
Dr. David “Pete” Peterson earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Truman State University; Masters of Education in Exercise Science from the University of Louisiana – Monroe; Doctor of Education in Sports Management with an emphasis in Sports Fitness and Health from the United States Sports Academy; and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with Distinction through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). With over 17.5 years of active duty experience as a Naval Aerospace/Operational Physiologist, he has provided aeromedical support to countless Navy and Marine Corps aviators and air crewmen on a variety of subjects ranging from hypoxia, spatial disorientation, to fatigue countermeasures. Additionally, Dr. Peterson has published multiple papers, presented at numerous NSCA events and national conferences, as well as served on several NSCA Blue Ribbon Panels on issues pertaining to physical fitness testing and training in the military.
Dr. Tim RiceEmail
Dr. Rice has been in higher education for over 15 years at colleges across the country. He has served in coaching and administrative roles at the NCAA Division I and III levels, NAIA and NCCAA levels, and at the high school level during his career. He has served as a head collegiate coach in basketball, cross country, golf, and soccer during this time, as well as serving in the roles of Sports Information Director and Athletic Director. Many of Rice’s former student-athletes have gone on to become sport coaches and administrators. In addition, he served in the business world as a professional fundraiser with the American Heart Association. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of Mobile, a Master of Sport Science degree in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy, and a Doctor of Sports Management degree in Sport Management/Human Resource Management from the United States Sports Academy.
Dr. Edward P. SakiewiczEmail
Dr. Sakiewicz (aka Dr. Soccer) has been a member of the USSA distance learning faculty since 2009 and is CEO, President & Managing Partner of various companies in industries such as commercial energy management, real estate investment, and leisure travel, to name a few. On the sports-specific side of things, Dr. Sakiewicz runs a sports and entertainment consulting company specifically focused on professional soccer with close ties to Major League Soccer (MLS) working with the league’s front office and franchises such as FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo, and the Philadelphia Union, of which his brother, Nick, is CEO and Operating Partner. Dr. Sakiewicz is a founding executive and past-President of the San Antonio Metropolitan Youth Soccer Institute, a 501 c3 nonprofit charity and soccer leadership think-tank. Dr. Sakiewicz is also co-founder of Passing Hope, a second charity which was instrumental in helping establish Haiti’s first-ever Amputee National Soccer Team as part of the ongoing relief efforts following the 2010 earthquake. He served on the delegation that took the team to Argentina to compete in the 2010 Amputee World Cup. Dr. Sakiewicz holds a Ph.D. in Organization & Management with an emphasis in Sports Entrepreneurship from Capella University and published his dissertation entitled, A Comparative Study of Enterprise Risk Management and Decision Making Criteria Use to Develop Soccer-Specific Stadiums for Major league Soccer. Dr. Sakiewicz also holds an MS in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a BS in Business Administration in Marketing from Loyola University in Maryland.
Dr. Michael SpinoEmail
Michael Spino, Ph.D is a long time distance faculty member at the United States Sports Academy. He has taught and coached throughout the world and is the author of six books on the mental and physical aspects of sport. His book “Beyond Jogging: The Innerspaces of Running” was on the New York Times best seller list. As a college cross-country and distance coach at Georgia Tech and Life University, he coached many All-Americans and won 12 national championships. He is the Founder and CEO of True Champion LLC, a mind and body online coaching company. He was the Director of the Esalen Sports Center and earned his Ph.D at the University in Europe- Lille2 University of Law and Sport, one of Europe’s most prestigious sport-research institutions.
Dr. Bonnie TiellEmail
Dr. Bonnie Tiell, Professor of Sports Management at Tiffin University, is recognized for her contributions to intercollegiate athletic administration and global sports. Tiell works with members of the World Olympians Association to supervise educational programs at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece; Beijing, China; London, England; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016). She has presented research, taught, or collaborated on sports projects throughout five continents and has extensive publishing experience. She is the co-founder of the NCAA/NACWAA Women’s Leadership Symposium serving almost 1500 female students and aspiring administrators in college athletics. At Tiffin University, Tiell has served as Dean of Graduate Education, NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative, MBA Chairperson, Senior Woman Administrator, Assistant Athletic Director, and Head Coach for volleyball, softball (national qualifier 1993) and tennis (national qualifier 2003). She earned a Bachelor’s of Education from Troy University, a Masters in Sport Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a Doctorate in Sport Management and Human Resources from the United States Sports Academy where she was recognized as the 2014 Alumnus of Year. As a former recipient of the Region 4 Excellence in Teaching Award through the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs, Tiell is also a member of the Tiffin University Athletic Hall of Fame and recipient of the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Donahue Service Award.
Dr. Brian WallaceEmail
Dr. Brian Wallace earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University with a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Southern Illinois University. He served 5 years at the United States Sports Academy as the Chair of Sport Fitness and is currently a member of their National Faculty, an adjunct professor at Florida State University and a Seminar Speaker for Cross Country Education on Exercise Testing and Prescription for health care personnel. At Bosse Sports and Health Club in Boston, he served as the Executive Director of the Lifestyle and Performance Center and Senior Vice President of Applied Physiology and Nutrition for the Human Performance Institute in Orlando. Dr. Wallace also directed the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Fitness and Testing Center at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center. As a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine his numerous publications in scientific, medical and fitness journals include Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and Physician and Sports Medicine. With over 25 years in health, fitness and athletics as a researcher, professor, player, coach and trainer, Dr. Wallace represents the gold standard in applied research. His training, certifications, research and experience with everyone from Olympic and professional athletes to cardiac and diabetic patients over the past 25 years has allowed Dr. Wallace to create a testing and training system that sets the standard for the health/fitness industry.