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Darryl Nance

Academy Alumnus Darryl Nance Receives National Honor for Leadership in Professional Development

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DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy alumnus Darryl Nance has been presented the Frank Kovaleski Professional Development Award, a national honor given annually to an administrator who has made significant contributions and demonstrated excellence in professional development at the local, state and national levels. Nance earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 1991 and his bachelor’s degree from Furman University in 1985. After nearly 30 years as…

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Jody Hodgson

Arena Manager Says Academy Education Launched Career in Sports Facilities Management

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The manager of one of the largest sports arenas in North Dakota says his United States Sports Academy master’s degree and participation in the institution’s mentorship program helped launch his career in the sports facilities management field. Jody Hodgson earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management in 1995 and his bachelor’s degree in business at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada. A resident of Grand Forks, N.D., Hodgson is the…

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David Peterson

U.S. Navy Commander Dr. David Peterson Using Academy Doctorate for Second Career as College Professor

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Longtime U.S. Navy Commander Dr. David Peterson is using his United States Sports Academy doctoral degree to transition from a distinguished military career into a second career in higher education. Peterson earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management with an emphasis in health and fitness in 2014. He was named the Academy’s 2015 Alumnus of the Year for his outstanding performance in the armed forces, even while pursuing his doctorate…

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Joe Toomey

Academy Master’s Degree Enables Joe Toomey to Earn Principal Post at Historic Mobile High School

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DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy alumnus Joe Toomey used his Academy master’s degree to build on his skills as a coach and expand his career to school administration, a move that recently earned him the position of principal at one of Alabama’s most historic high schools. Toomey is principal of Murphy High School in Mobile, Ala., known for its longtime academic excellence and historic role as the state’s oldest high school. Toomey earned…

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Noemi Zaharia

Olympic Swimming Medalist Noemi Zaharia Pursuing Doctorate from United States Sports Academy

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Noemi Zaharia is an Olympic medalist, world Universiade champion, successful former collegiate swimming coach and now an athletics administrator. She now has another title: doctoral student at the United States Sports Academy. Zaharia’s impressive swimming record includes two medals in swimming at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, winning silver in the 400 meter mixed and bronze in the 200 meter mixed for Romania. She also won five gold medals,…

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Chad Lunsford

Academy Alumnus Chad Lunsford Named Head Football Coach at Georgia Southern University

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DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy alumnus Chad Lunsford, who served on the staff that led Auburn University to the 2010 BCS National Championship in football, has been promoted to head football coach at Georgia Southern University (GSU) in Statesboro, Ga. Lunsford was named the Eagles’ head coach after serving in an interim role since October, when he was promoted from assistant head coach. Lunsford earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports…

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Dr. Bonnie Tiell

Academy Alumna Dr. Bonnie Tiell Earns Highest Faculty Award from Tiffin University

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DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy alumna and honoree Dr. Bonnie Tiell recently earned the Provost Award, the highest annual honor given to a faculty member at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. Tiell, who earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2004, is a professor of sport management at Tiffin University. She has been widely recognized for her contributions to intercollegiate athletic administration and global sports governance. She…

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Dave Shrock

Acclaimed Track and Field Coach Dr. Dave Shrock Named United States Sports Academy 2017 Alumnus of the Year

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Nationally acclaimed track and field leader, coach and professor Dr. Dave Shrock has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Alumnus of the Year. Shrock was presented the honor by Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich at the Academy’s 33rd Annual Awards of Sport celebration held recently on campus in Daphne, Ala. The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to the year’s most outstanding Academy graduate and the honoree…

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Joe Underwood

Academy Alumnus Dr. Joseph Underwood Named to Prestigious NEA Global Fellowship

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Successful athletic trainer, television production teacher and United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Joseph Underwood has added to his long list of accomplishments by being named to a prestigious fellowship from the National Education Association (NEA). Underwood was recently named an NEA Foundation Global Fellow, where he will serve in a year-long professional development program designed to enhance global education and competency in grades K-12 in the United States. The program culminates…

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Support Your Academy During the Annual Fundraising Drive

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The United States Sports Academy is currently reaching out to faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and supporters during its annual fundraising drive.  All who believe in the Academy and its missions of teaching, research and service are encouraged to participate. The Academy was founded nearly a half century ago on the belief that the quality of sport education and coaching needed to be improved if American athletes were to perform competitively and safely at the…

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Dr. Sandra Geringer

Dr. Sandra Geringer Calls Earning Doctorate, Teaching for Academy an “Honor”

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Dr. Sandra K. Geringer says the United States Sports Academy has opened doors for her in many ways, including the opportunity to teach abroad, earn her doctorate, and teach Academy students as the newly appointed Director of Sports Studies. Geringer recently completed her Doctor of Education degree in sports management with an emphasis in sport marketing, with honors. She began her doctoral studies with the Academy in 2015 and worked her way…

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Dwight Hornibrook

Academy Alumnus Dwight Hornibrook Named Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Cornell

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DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy alumnus and longtime collegiate soccer coach  Dwight Hornibrook was recently named head coach of the women’s soccer team at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. A native of Fredericton in New Brunswick, Canada, Hornibrook had previously served as an assistant coach at Cornell for five seasons and as the team’s interim head coach before the promotion. He earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports studies from the…

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