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 Non-Resident 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. 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. Stephen Butler holds a doctoral degree in Administration of Curriculum and Instruction from Auburn University; a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Chapman University; and a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Florida Atlantic University. He has over 25 years of experience in higher education where he has developed curriculum, taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and served as an administrator.
Butler served nearly 24 years in the United States Air Force as a B-52 navigator and military educator. His final Air Force assignment was as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, the world’s largest foreign language school. He has played and coached team sports at all levels since the age of six. He is also an avid runner who has competed in 30 marathons, including Boston twice. He served on the Board of Directors of the Big Sur International Marathon for 16 years.
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. 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. Erwei Dong earned his doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and has more than 10 years of higher education experience in the United States. He has a combination of more than two hundred published peer-reviewed papers, book and book chapters, professional presentations and technical reports to his research. He is a co-founder of China and North America Leisure Studies Network (CN-ALS). He has also been appointed as a Dongfang Scholar (Eastern scholar at Shanghai University of Sports) by the city of Shanghai (China). He is an emeritus associate professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) and a research professor by University of Ryukyus (Japan).
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. 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. William “Bill” Kruse is a graduate of the United States Sports Academy’s Doctor of Education in Sport Management program with an emphasis in Leadership. He also holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, a master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Richmond, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University.
Dr. Kruse has over 23 years of experience as a litigator, trial, and sports attorney. He is a member of the bar association in the states of California and Texas. Additionally, Dr. Kruse is General Counsel and Head of Officials for one of the largest youth football and cheer organizations in the United States. He is part of the team which certifies and instructs thousands of board members, coaches, and officials throughout the year. Further, he has officiated American football at the college, high school, and youth levels.
Dr. Moon is the Executive Director of Research and Education at ImpediMed Inc., a medical device company focusing on fluid and tissue changes in clinical populations. He is a former Department Chair of Sports Exercise Science at the United States Sports Academy and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). 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.
Dr. Moon has been teaching undergraduate and graduate students for over a decade, has presented over 45 lectures at multiple scientific conferences and events both nationally and internationally, and he has published more than 135 research articles and abstracts in dozens of journals. He has also written a book chapter and published a book in the areas of sports nutrition, exercise science, body composition, body water, and changes regarding age and fitness level. 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 Physical Education from Grand Valley State University.
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. Rice has been in higher education for nearly 20 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, at the high school level and international 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. He currently serves on the Elite Performance Committee for Basketball Ireland, the FIBA governing body of the sport in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and has consulted with other sport organizations in the Republic of Ireland. 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. Simmermacher is a former Chair of Sports Coaching at the Academy and was previously a teacher/coach at Artesia High school in Artesia, New Mexico. He taught in the special education department as an inclusion teacher in the History department. He was an assistant varsity baseball coach and did the off-season conditioning for all male athletes. He spent six years at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM as an Instructor/Head Baseball Coach. He originally came to the Mobile, AL area in 1981 on a baseball scholarship to the University of South Alabama and played for the legendary Eddie Stanky.
Upon Coach Stanky’s retirement in 1983, he transferred to the University of West Florida, where he graduated with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health, leisure, and sports/physical education in 1986. He received his Doctor of Sport Management degree from the United States Sports Academy in 2003. Dr. Simmermacher taught and coached golf, girls’ basketball and baseball for 15 years in Crestline, Ohio. During his time in Ohio he taught and coached a variety of sports at three different schools. From 2000-2005 he was the head golf coach, head girl’s basketball coach, and the head baseball coach for Crestline High School.
From 1995-1997, Dr. Simmermacher coached baseball at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio in a part-time capacity. His 1995 team made the school’s first trip to the NCAA Division II College World Series.
Michael Spino, Ph.D is a long time non-resident 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 Tiell, Professor of Sports Management at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio, 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. Sara Weber has more than 20 years of experience working in sports communications. She most recently worked as a doctoral teaching assistant at the United States Sports Academy, where she earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management with a sports marketing specialization. She has also served as an editor at CBS Sports/Interactive in New York, NY. Weber also has several years of college sports information experience, working in the athletic departments at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, and the University of Tampa. Weber, from Massapequa, NY, received her master’s degree from Hofstra, where she earned a degree in communications. She received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Pennsylvania State University.