DAPHNE, Ala. – Dr. Ben Billman, a recent graduate of the United States Sports Academy doctoral program, has 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 recently 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.

“I appreciate the Academy because my three years here have been phenomenal,” Billman said. “The people I have met and the faculty and staff have been great. I formed some connections that I would not have without the Academy.

“I would not have the opportunity to teach at Carson-Newman without the support of Dr. Stephen Butler (Academy dean of academics) and the rest of the faculty. I also appreciate Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (Academy founder and President Emeritus) and Dr. T.J. Rosandich (Academy CEO and President) for giving me this great opportunity.

“Studying at the Academy has been a fantastic experience. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in teaching or working at a high level in sports.”

Billman, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., has more than 10 years of athletic coaching and teaching experience. Prior to coming to the Academy, Billman was the assistant athletic director at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio. He served as an assistant basketball coach at the school from 2007 to 2010. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Taylor University in 2007 and his master’s degree in sport management from Liberty University in 2013.

Billman Graduation

Dr. Ben Billman, center, earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in July. From left are Dr. Brandon Spradley, Director of Sports Management; Dr. T.J. Rosandich, Academy President and CEO; Billman; Dr. Stephen Butler, Dean of Academic Affairs; and Dr. Bret Simmermacher, Chair of Sports Coaching. Butler, Spradley and Simmermacher served on Billman’s dissertation committee.

“As I was looking around at different jobs in full time teaching at the college level, many of them required a doctorate, so I started looking for a good doctoral program and I found the Academy,” Billman said.

“I had done my master’s program online, so the Academy’s online option was attractive to me. I applied and got accepted, then I applied to be a teaching assistant and was offered one of the positions. It was too good to pass up. So my wife, son and I packed up and moved down here. It has gone by really fast and it was really good for my family.”

Billman said connecting with the next generation of students is what he enjoys most about teaching.

“I have been a coach, a player and an administrator so I’ve seen how beneficial sports can be to young people,” Billman said. “Being able to support students with my experience, and to help them take a step forward out of college and find a job, that’s what I look forward to.

“I like that I can use the experience and knowledge that I have to give back to a younger generation,” Billman said. “There’s a lot that I’ve experienced that can help kids realize that the sports world isn’t just about following your favorite team or watching a game on television. There are so many aspects in athletics at every level, from youth to professional, that impact the game. I want to expand the minds of a younger generation. It is also very cool to build relationships with students and watch their knowledge grow.”

Billman grew up playing tennis and basketball and was a four-year letter winner on Taylor’s tennis team.

“Basketball is my first love; that’s a sport I’m passionate about,” Billman said. “I also loved tennis and I was also blessed with hand-eye coordination and the skill to be good at it. Being able to play tennis in college opened a lot of doors for me. I would say that my love of sports started at a young age and it grew from there.”

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.

The Academy is based in Daphne, Ala.  For more information, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.