Chad Lunsford (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 2002)
Academy alumnus Chad Lunsford, who served on the staff that led Auburn University to the 2010 BCS National Championship in football, has been promoted to head football coach at Georgia Southern University (GSU) in Statesboro, Ga. Lunsford was named the Eagles’ head coach after serving in an interim role since October, when he was promoted from assistant head coach.
Joe Toomey (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 2002)
Academy alumnus Joe Toomey used his Academy master’s degree to build on his skills as a coach and expand his career to school administration, a move that recently earned him the position of principal at one of Alabama’s most historic high schools. Toomey is principal of Murphy High School in Mobile, Ala., known for its longtime academic excellence and historic role as the state’s oldest high school.
Joe Underwood (M.S.S. – Sports Medicine – 1987)
Successful athletic trainer, television production teacher and United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Joseph Underwood has added to his long list of accomplishments by being named to a prestigious fellowship from the National Education Association (NEA). Underwood was recently named an NEA Foundation Global Fellow, where he will serve in a year-long professional development program designed to enhance global education and competency in grades K-12 in the United States. The program culminates with an international field study in South Africa in the summer of 2018. He has worked at Miami (Fla.) Senior High School since 1985. He worked as the school’s head athletic trainer between 1987 and 2000, while also serving as the television production teacher, a position he still holds.
Dr. Dave Shrock (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2009)
Nationally acclaimed track and field leader, coach and professor Dr. Dave Shrock was named the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Alumnus of the Year. Shrock has served in numerous leadership roles for USA Track & Field (USATF) and has coached track and field at various levels for more than four decades. He earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2009.
Dr. Bonnie Tiell (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2004)
Academy alumna and honoree Dr. Bonnie Tiell earned the Provost Award, the highest annual honor given to a faculty member at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. Tiell, who earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2004, is a professor of sport management at Tiffin University. She has been widely recognized for her contributions to intercollegiate athletic administration and global sports governance. She is the founder and co-director of the Olympic Academic Experience (OAE), a program through Tiffin University that offers students from around the world the opportunity for on-site study of the organization, supervision, and management of international sport venues and elite competition in an Olympic host city. She is also co-founder of a humanitarian program for underprivileged youth in Olympic host cities with fellow United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Francis Dove-Edwin, who serves as co-director.
Dr. Sandra Geringer (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2017)
Dr. Sandra K. Geringer says the United States Sports Academy has opened doors for her in many ways, including the opportunity to teach abroad, earn her doctorate, and teach Academy students as the newly appointed Director of Sports Studies. Geringer completed her Doctor of Education degree in sports management with an emphasis in sport marketing, with honors. She began her doctoral studies with the Academy in 2015 and worked her way up to become the Acting Director of Sports Studies in 2016. At the time, she was taking Academy doctoral courses while also teaching students. The “acting” portion of her title was removed after she completed her doctorate, launching her career as Director of Sports Studies.
Dwight Hornibrook (M.S.S. – Sports Studies – 2008)
Academy alumnus and longtime collegiate soccer coach Dwight Hornibrook was named head coach of the women’s soccer team at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. A native of Fredericton in New Brunswick, Canada, Hornibrook had previously served as an assistant coach at Cornell for five seasons and as the team’s interim head coach before the promotion. He earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports studies from the Academy in 2008 with honors while he was working as men’s soccer coach at the State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland.
Dr. Michael Armstrong (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2012)
Former college football player, current high school football coach and United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Michael Armstrong was honored as the Strength Coach of the Year in South Carolina. Armstrong is the assistant athletic director, head strength coach and offensive line coach at Lugoff-Elgin High School (LEHS) in Lugoff, S.C. He earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2012. He recently was named the South Carolina Strength Coach of the Year by the state’s Athletic Coaches Association and High School Strength Coaches Association. He became eligible for the award after winning the same honor in the state’s 4A division.
Dr. Ben Billman (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2017)
Dr. Ben Billman, a graduate of the United States Sports Academy doctoral program, joined the sport management faculty at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. Billman served as a doctoral teaching assistant for three years on the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala., and earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management with an emphasis in sports leadership. He was hired by Carson-Newman as an assistant professor.
Dr. Donna Clemons (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2017)
With a successful career as a business owner in health and fitness already established, Dr. Donna Clemons used her doctoral degree from the United States Sports Academy to launch an additional career as a college faculty member. A native of Mattoon, Ill., Clemons said her Academy degree helped her to earn a position as chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Exercise Science at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala.
Mike Leach (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 1988)
Academy alumnus and Washington State University head football coach Mike Leach visited the sports university’s campus in Daphne, Ala., where he first learned the skills that he says “ushered me into coaching.” Leach, a native of Cody, Wyo., is the Academy Alumni President and a past winner of the Academy’s Alumnus of the Year Award.
Robb Bolton (M.S.S. – Sports Management – 2007)
After experiencing firsthand the difficulties of a personal battle with cancer, United States Sports Academy alumnus Robb Bolton is using his Academy education to benefit the lives of cancer survivors in Southern California. A resident of Newbury Park, Calif., Bolton earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2007. He is the founder and CEO of Cancer Fit, a non-profit organization that provides free exercise and wellness programs, education and resources for adult and childhood cancer survivors in Southern California. Along with his work at Cancer Fit, Bolton is the associate director of campus recreation at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. At Pepperdine, Bolton works with students, faculty and staff to achieve their fitness and health goals. He will also work to assist Pepperdine as it builds a new and improved recreation facility.
Dr. Joseph Spears (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2011)
Academy alumnus Dr. Joseph Spears, who used his Academy doctoral degree to earn a position as a college faculty member, is now seeking to provide elected service in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Spears, who lives in Maryland, is an assistant professor of sports management at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md., where he also serves as NCAA faculty athletic representative. At Bowie State, Spears teaches courses in sports management and conducts research on sport and its relationship to the economy, religious institutions and stakeholders in the community. Spears recently announced his intention to run for public office, seeking the District 27A seat in the Maryland House of Delegates in the 2018 election.
Jaymie Cox (Dual M.S.S. – Sports Coaching and Sports Management – 2017)
Academy alumna Jaymie Cox said her master’s degrees and mentorship experience from the Academy helped her to solidify a strong sports education, took her overseas and helped her to secure her job as the head coach of a collegiate volleyball program. Cox, who earned dual Master of Sports Science degrees in sports coaching and sports management from the Academy, is the women’s volleyball coach and assistant athletic director at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash.
Dr. Karla Faye Jones (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2015)
Alumna Dr. Karla Faye Jones said the United States Sports Academy’s knowledgeable, experienced faculty and flexible scheduling options were important factors in her decision to obtain a doctoral degree from the Academy. Jones serves as the chair of the Health and Physical Education Department and the chair of the Worksite Wellness Committee at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte. She also teaches sport management students at Charlotte-area schools Johnson C. Smith University and Queens University of Charlotte.
Daniel Acosta (B.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 2008 and M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 2010)
Long-time athletic scout Daniel Acosta, founder and chief executive officer of College Scout Bureau, said his education from the United States Sports Academy propelled his career as he progressed through the ranks of athletic scouting. Acosta holds two degrees in sports coaching from the Academy: his Bachelor of Sports Science in 2008 and Master of Sports Science in 2010. He is a lifelong baseball player, coach, and scout. He started working on his own scouting company, which would later become College Scout Bureau, in the 1990s. Today, the company connects high school student athletes in baseball, basketball, soccer, football, softball, swimming, and volleyball with college athletic programs that fit their needs and skills.
Khalid Galant (M.S.S. – Sports Medicine – 1994)
Academy alumnus Khalid Galant, chief executive officer of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS), said the Academy’s unique global focus was a major factor in why he chose to earn his master’s degree from the institution. Galant, who lives near Cape Town, South Africa, earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports medicine from the Academy in 1994. He has served as the CEO of SAIDS since 2008.
Joe Stewart (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 1991)
Academy alumnus and Madison Plains (Ohio) High School boys basketball coach Joe Stewart was recognized by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association (OHSBCA) for collecting his 300th career victory. Stewart is known in Ohio as one of the state’s foremost boys basketball program rebuilders, having taken five separate programs from “worst to first” in their respective conferences. He was inducted into the OHSBCA District 14 Hall of Fame in 2014. Named the head coach at Madison Plains High School in London, Ohio, two years ago, he led the Golden Eagles to a 13-9 record this season, the school’s first winning season in any boys sport in seven years.
Jennifer Saylor (Dual M.S.S. – Sports Medicine and Sports Coaching – 2001)
Academy alumna Jennifer Saylor, a successful volleyball coach with experience at both the high school and collegiate levels, was named head coach of the women’s volleyball program at Rockford University in Rockford, Ill. Saylor previously spent five years as head volleyball coach at both Morton High School in Morton, Ill., and the Capital Volleyball Academy in Madison, Wisc. She also served as head volleyball coach for four years at Lake Forest College in Illinois as well as six years at Illinois College. She has also coached softball at the collegiate level.
Aaron Muhic (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 1996)
Aaron Muhic, who has more than 21 years of head basketball coaching experience in the United States, has taken on a new professional adventure — coaching in Canada. The Academy alumnus is currently rebuilding the men’s basketball program at Trinity Western University (TWU).
Torre Becton (M.S.S. – Sports Studies – 2014)
Academy alumnus Torre Becton is using his Academy education to climb to high levels in the college football coaching world. Becton – who earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports studies in 2014 – was hired as the head strength and conditioning coach for the University of California Berkeley football team.
Dr. Mark Janas (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2011)
Inventor, innovator and business developer Dr. Mark Janas, a United States Sports Academy alumnus, developed and launched a virtual racing platform designed to revolutionize the world of endurance racing and charitable fundraising, the latest of many products he has created to integrate sport and technology. Janas, who earned his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management with a sports medicine emphasis in 2011, was the Academy’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year. His latest invention, RevoRace.com, is a platform that can be used as a fundraising tool for schools, charities, sports teams and fundraising events.
Judy Fox (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 1992)
Academy alumna Judy Fox is using her master’s degree from the Academy to improve the lives of people in underprivileged and underserved communities around the globe, a lifetime goal inspired by a class project from her studies at the Academy. Fox, a 1992 Academy graduate with a Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching, is the founder and president of Ignite International, a non-profit Christian organization which uses the universal language of sport to enrich, encourage and empower the lives of people around the world.
Brion Packett (M.S.S. – Sports Coaching – 2011)
Academy alumnus Brion Packett was named as the first Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at the new Philip Simmons High School in Wando, S.C. Packett has served nine years at Stratford High School in Goose Creek, S.C., at various times as a teacher, soccer coach and resource specialist. Philip Simmons High School, which is currently under construction, will begin its first season of athletic competition in 2017. He said he was intrigued by the opportunity to be part of the opening of a new school.
Dr. Jamie Kootz (Ed.D. – Sports Management – 2016 and M.S.S. – Sports Health and Fitness – 2010)
Dr. Jamie Kootz said her dream of becoming a teacher of health and fitness at the college level is being fulfilled thanks to her education at the United States Sports Academy. In fact Kootz, who earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports health and fitness in 2010 and her Doctor of Education degree in sports management in 2016, was hired to teach at two universities in Kansas: Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina and MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe. Kootz, who resides in Salina, teaches sports management, health and fitness courses. Her Academy doctorate has a sports leadership specialization with an emphasis on sports health and fitness.