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Brandon Spradley

Academy Alumnus Dr. Brandon Spradley Writing Black History Articles on Figures from Mobile, Ala.

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In recognition of Black History Month, United States Sports Academy chair of sports management Dr. Brandon Spradley is writing a series of historical pieces dedicated to former black athletes and coaches from Mobile, Ala., for the institution’s daily sports blog, The Sport Digest.   Spradley earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy. In 2013, Spradley partnered with the Mobile County Training School (MCTS) Alumni Association to capture the unsung stories…

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Fay Minor

Academy Alumna, Former Elite Basketball Player Fay Minor Earns Leadership Role at Hometown YMCA

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United States Sports Academy alumna Fay Minor was recently hired to be the Program/Sports Director at the YMCA in her hometown of Natchez, Miss. Minor, a former collegiate and professional basketball player, earned dual Master of Sports Science degrees in sports management and sports coaching from the Academy in 2010. She chose to pursue a graduate education from the Academy because the institution encourages everyone, male or female, to pursue careers in sport. “I love…

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Dr. Bill Holcomb

Mercer University Professor Dr. Bill Holcomb Earns Academy’s 2018 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award

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Dr. Bill Holcomb, the founding director of the professional master’s program in athletic training at Mercer University, has been named the winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2018 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award. Holcomb is a professor at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and is an Academy alumnus, having earned a Master of Sports Science degree in sports medicine from the institution in 1988. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Berry…

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Mike Leach

Academy Alumnus Mike Leach Coaches Washington State Football to First 11-Win Season

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United States Sports Academy alumnus Mike Leach coached the Washington State football team to a school-best 11 wins in 2018 after the Cougars knocked off Iowa State 28-26 in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, in December. It was the second postseason win for Washington State under Leach, who has coached the Cougars (11-2) since 2012. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in American studies and earning his Juris Doctor…

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Dave Shrock

Academy 2017 Alumnus of the Year Dr. Dave Shrock Earns USA Track and Field President’s Award

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  The United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Alumnus of the Year Dr. Dave Shrock continues to earn accolades for his involvement in the world of track and field. Shrock was recently named the recipient of the USA Track and Field (USATF) President’s Award in recognition of his more than 40 years of service in track and field as an athlete, coach, and administrator. Shrock currently serves as the chair of the USATF National Association’s Committee,…

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Dr. Andy Dotterweich

Academy Alum Dr. Andy Dotterweich Works on Long-Term Athlete Development in Collegiate Teaching Role

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United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Andy Dotterweich wears many hats in his role as an associate professor at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and operations manager at an official Olympic Training Site in Johnson City, Tenn. Dotterweich earned dual Master of Sports Science degrees in coaching and sports medicine from the Academy in 1998. He is an associate professor in the Sport, Exercise, Recreation and Kinesiology Department at ETSU. He also serves as the…

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Darrell Bailey

Darrell Bailey Says Academy Degree a Spring Board into Collegiate Athletics Administration

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California State University East Bay (CSUEB) assistant athletic director for development Darrell Bailey said the United States Sports Academy was a blessing for his career and a spring board into collegiate athletics administration. Bailey, who is charged with increasing revenue to the Pioneers athletics department through donor support and corporate sponsorships, earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2004. “The Academy was a blessing to me and my…

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Dr. Todd Pitts

Academy Alumnus Dr. Todd Pitts Earns Associate Professor Position at Davenport University

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United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Todd Pitts recently earned his doctoral degree from the institution and with it, earned a promotion to become an associate professor in the collegiate ranks. Pitts has taught in various roles at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich., for more than 20 years. Upon earning his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2017, Pitts was promoted to become an associate professor of sport management…

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Doug Wharam

Academy Doctoral Student Doug Wharam Earns Accolades as Swim Coach

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United States Sports Academy doctoral student Doug Wharam continues to earn accolades for his work coaching elite swimmers at the Nashville Aquatic Club. For the second time in the last three years Wharam – who is pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy – has been named the USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year. The award is given annually to the coach who has the highest number of athletes…

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Ed Comeau

Academy Alumnus Ed Comeau Named General Manager of Canadian Men’s Box Lacrosse Team

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United States Sports Academy alumnus Ed Comeau has been named the general manager of the Canadian men’s box lacrosse team for the upcoming Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in 2019. Comeau earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 2008. A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Comeau has been part of Canada’s box lacrosse program since its inception in 2002, serving as an assistant coach in the 2003…

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Scott Novack

USA Rugby Operations Manager Scott Novack Named United States Sports Academy’s 2018 Alumnus of the Year

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Nationally acclaimed sports administrator and high performance director Scott Novack has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2018 Alumnus of the Year. Novack, a Colorado native, earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 1997 and participated in a mentorship at Brunel University in London, where he met other students and administrators who helped to spark his interest international sports like rugby. He was recently hired as the…

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Brandon Spradley

Academy Alumnus Dr. Brandon Spradley Promoted to Chair of Sports Management

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United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Brandon Spradley has been promoted to chair of sports management at the Academy. Academy faculty members are promoted based on years of service as well as their performance and publication record. Spradley previously served as director of sports management.  He has served the Academy through his teaching, research and outreach, and has been especially involved in the Academy’s efforts to address the issue of concussion in sports. “During Dr….

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