DAPHNE, Ala. — An alumnus of the United States Sports Academy says his master’s degree from the Academy prepared and enabled him to attain the highly satisfying job of promoting lifelong health to students in New Jersey’s second largest public school system.
Frank B. Dominianni is District Supervisor of Health, Physical Education, Driver Education and Swimming for the Jersey City Public Schools. With 28,000 students and 41 schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, it is the second largest school district in New Jersey. Throughout his education career he has served as a health and physical education teacher, coach, athletic trainer, strength coach and athletic director at the K-12, community college and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III levels.
Dominianni, of Little Falls, N.J., said he loves his current job, which involves ensuring the quality of education for students. He is responsible for leading curriculum development and coaching the teachers who are responsible for teaching health, physical education driver education and swimming.
“My responsibility to our students is to provide top-notch quality instruction and an exciting and interesting curriculum that is fun,” Dominianni said.
“Our job is to teach young people the value of an active, healthy lifestyle, and the positive effects of this lifestyle on good health.
“The main trend in physical education across the country right now is to encourage lifetime involvement in physical activities and leisure activity so people can stay healthy over the course of a lifetime. My role is to try to help young people develop an interest and stay interested in physical activity throughout their lives.
“Part of my job also includes providing professional development for teachers so they can do the best possible job in the classroom. Since I was once a teacher, I empathize with teachers and I want to help them.
“There have been so many people who have been mentors to me and now it is my job to be a mentor to others. I think that’s just the cycle of life. I’ve been truly blessed.”
Dominianni earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from William Paterson University in New Jersey and his Master of Sport Science in sport management with highest honors in 2005 from the United States Sports Academy. He said his master’s was crucial in attaining his current position.
“My Academy degree really prepared me to work in the field of sport and athletic administration, especially with the management, administration, marketing, finance and budgeting courses,” Dominianni said. “That degree really helped me to be successful on school administrator tests that are required in New Jersey.
“The Academy really helped me to focus on what I wanted to do,” he added.
“When I finished my degree at the Academy the feeling was two-fold: there was a feeling of elation, because I had earned my master’s degree, but at the same time there was a feeling of disappointment that I was finished because those courses had become my friends. You love them so much and learn so much. I just couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into the next course as I was progressing through the curriculum.
“I loved every one of those courses and the faculty at the Academy are so strong. The faculty have great sports backgrounds and a lot of sports knowledge
“The Academy’s degree programs are convenient to your work schedule because they are online, but you can also talk to faculty just like they were sitting next to you and they always respond. I learned so much that I yearned for more knowledge, and all of the faculty were very responsive.”
In addition to his career as a public school educator, Dominianni has had a number of other sports related positions including athletic trainer for the New Jersey Gems, the first professional women’s basketball team in New Jersey, and as athletic director of The College of Saint Elizabeth, an all-women’s college in New Jersey. Dominianni has served as the strength coach for several professional boxers, most notably Bobby Czyz during his reign as the World Boxing Council (WBC) Light Heavyweight Champion.
Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally 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.