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. Spradley’s time as director he demonstrated excellence in many ways,” Academy Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom said.
“His teaching evaluations were remarkable and he published several noteworthy articles, including co-authoring a recent manuscript in concussion prevention. His overall service to the Academy has been exemplary. He has served in a variety of committees and participated in course development efforts. Due to these accomplishments it was an honor for me to recommend him for this promotion.”
Spradley earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy, where his dissertation focused on concussion awareness and education. He researched the King-Devick Test, a groundbreaking method for identifying athletes with head trauma. The test provides athletes with a baseline reading that athletic trainers and doctors can then use as a gauge to test athletes after a possible concussive event.
Spradley has been a key member of a team of Academy faculty who have played a role in encouraging and implementing concussion research and education programs across Baldwin and Mobile counties on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, including a program in concert with the University of South Alabama to mitigate the impact of concussion among football players in the Mobile County Public School System.
Spradley also spent time previously serving as the Academy’s director of continuing education working on international programs and special projects. He has been to Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates on international assignments helping to teach and develop sport education programs across the world.
A former collegiate athlete, Spradley was a track and field sprinter at the University of Alabama, where he completed his master’s and bachelor’s degrees. He was a four-time NCAA regional qualifier and a two-time NCAA national qualifier in track and field running on nationally ranked relay teams in 2009 and 2010.