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

2019-02-12T09:37:53-05:00January 31st, 2019|

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 College and a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Auburn University. Holcomb has been a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for more than 25 years. He is recognized as a fellow in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  He was awarded the NSCA’s 2017 Sports [...]

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

2019-01-08T08:26:09-05:00January 8th, 2019|

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 degree from Pepperdine University School of Law – where he originally planned to be an attorney – Leach decided to take a different career path as a football coach.  He earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 1988. Leach, a native of Cody, Wyo., is the Academy Alumni [...]

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

2019-01-08T08:24:41-05:00December 18th, 2018|

  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, which is the organization’s largest, in addition to numerous USATF leadership roles including past president of the Pacific Association, USATF Pacific Coaching Committee chair, Coaching Education Executive Committee, and Men’s Development Committee. Shrock earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2009 and serves as a member of the Academy’s [...]

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

2018-12-11T11:18:56-05:00December 11th, 2018|

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 operations manager for the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) program at the institution’s Center for Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, the Olympic Training Site on the ETSU campus. Dotterweich said his Academy education “uniquely positioned” him to be successful in higher education and sport. “I chose the Academy because I wanted to be immersed [...]

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

2018-12-11T14:51:15-05:00December 11th, 2018|

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 career, and I can definitely say it was a spring board for me into college athletics,” Bailey said. “My Academy education directly prepared me for my positions over the past 10 years through helping me understand the skills necessary behind being the athlete. Courses in sport administration, sport marketing, contemporary issues in sport and sport finance [...]

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

2018-12-11T11:14:16-05:00December 11th, 2018|

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 at Davenport. “I chose to continue my educational endeavors with the United States Academy for a variety of reasons,” Pitts said. “I actually visited the campus prior to making a decision. The opportunity to meet with some of the faculty solidified my decision to attend this prestigious institution. Their passion for learning and student success [...]

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Academy Doctoral Student Doug Wharam Earns Accolades as Swim Coach

2018-11-13T11:23:38-05:00November 13th, 2018|

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 and swimmers on the United States Swimming National Junior Team. It is the highest national award given to a swimming coach at the 18 and Under (18U) Developmental level by USA Swimming, the governing body for the sport of swimming in the United States. In addition to his honor from USA Swimming, Wharam was also [...]

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

2018-11-13T11:20:20-05:00November 13th, 2018|

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 and 2007 World Championship tournaments and as head coach for the 2011 and 2015 tournaments. In his new role as general manager, Comeau will be involved in the selection of coaches and staff, training schedules and the evaluation and selection of players, among other duties. “I earned my Academy degree in coaching, but the education [...]

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

2018-11-13T11:21:19-05:00November 13th, 2018|

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 program operations manager for the USA Rugby Men’s Eagles Sevens team. The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to the year’s most outstanding Academy graduate and the honoree must represent the ideals of sport and of the institution. Novack has more than 18 years of experience as a sports administrator, managing Olympic and national [...]

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

2018-10-08T15:18:55-05:00October 8th, 2018|

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 [...]

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Reeb Says Academy’s Online Education Advanced Collegiate Tennis Coaching Career

2018-10-08T15:05:32-05:00October 8th, 2018|

New Colby College men’s and women’s tennis head coach Adam Reeb said his United States Sports Academy master’s education was practical and helpful as he advanced in the collegiate coaching ranks. Reeb, who earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports studies from the Academy in 2010, was recently hired by NCAA Division III Colby College in Maine after spending the previous three years in the same position at Seattle (Wash.) University. “The Academy was a blessing for me because I was able to continue working as a coach while I learned the skills that would immediately help me in my career,” Reeb said. “I was able to mentally dive right into the material, then immediately use what I learned the next day on the court. Everything I learned [...]

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Academy Alumnus Byron Cunningham Promoted to Director of Rehabilitation for Los Angeles Rams

2018-10-08T14:53:05-05:00October 8th, 2018|

United States Sports Academy alumnus Byron Cunningham has been promoted to director of rehabilitation and assistant athletic trainer for the award-winning athletic training program of the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). Cunningham, who earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports medicine from the Academy in 2002, spent the previous eight seasons as a physical therapist and assistant athletic trainer for the Rams. In his new role, Cunningham is responsible for the care, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of player injuries in coordination with the head athletic trainer. During his tenure with the Rams, Cunningham has overseen several critical player rehabilitation programs, including former wide receiver Brian Quick who suffered a potentially career-ending shoulder injury in 2014 and returned to the field in 2015. “I’m honored [...]

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