United States Sports Academy alumnus Brion Packett was recently named as the first Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at the new Philip Simmons High School in Wando, S.C., which is scheduled to open in August.

Packett earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 2011 after earning his bachelor’s degree from The Citadel in 2007.

“My Academy education helped me attain my dream job of Assistant Principal and Athletic Director of Philip Simmons High School,” Packett said.

“The flexibility was a factor that drew me to the Academy and the professors were personable and would work with you when you need it,” he said. “I would recommend the Academy and its programs to anyone.”

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.

“I love having the ability to start a school and athletic programs from the ground up,” Packett said. “We are one of the first STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math) specific high schools in the state and we are slated to open with approximately 350 students. We will only have 9th and 10th graders the first year. I will oversee all athletic programs for Philip Simmons High.”

Currently, Packett continues to serve in his role at Stratford High School while also performing athletic director duties for Philip Simmons High School, a public high school.

“I’ve been in education for nine years; I was a U.S. history teacher and soccer coach for seven of those years and then transitioned to a leadership role within my current school,” he said.

“My position as the first Assistant Principal and Athletic Director is simply a title,” he said. “My passion is for my students and watching them succeed in the classroom, on the athletic fields and in their future endeavors. I will continue to put my heart and soul into my career.”

Packett said he appreciates the flexibility that the Academy’s online education approach provides to people like him.

“The education from the Academy has prepared me for my career in countless ways,” he said. “The broad-based content knowledge I acquired has helped me in my role as a soccer coach and I will use the knowledge daily to mentor educators and students alike. I think having a sports specific school is paramount because it fills a specific niche that allows people to explore one of their passions. It allows people to advance their careers and to spread that passion to a wider audience.”

Philip Simmons High School principal Dr. James Spencer said he was excited to welcome Packett to the school staff.

“We are very excited and proud to welcome Mr. Brion Packett to serve our students, families, and staff as the first Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Philip Simmons High School,” Spencer said. “Mr. Packett brings with him a unique combination of experience in academics and athletics. Most importantly, he has a passion and drive for excellence, enthusiasm for education, and a strong work ethic to get the job done.”

Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.