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Drew Richards

Academy Alumnus Drew Richards Recognized as One of Nation’s Top Assistant Basketball Coaches

By | Alumni

DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy alumnus and University of North Carolina Pembroke (UNCP) men’s basketball associate head coach Drew Richards was recently recognized as one of the top assistant coaches in the country. Richards was honored as one of the best assistant coaches in NCAA Division II by CoachStat.net, a website that uses analytical data to compile a comprehensive ranking of men’s basketball coaches in a variety of categories. CoachStat.net said the list,…

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Karen M. Carty

Alumna Karen Carty Leads Sports Marketing Efforts at Grambling State University

By | Alumni

DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy alumna Karen M. Carty is using her master’s degree to lead the sports marketing program at Louisiana’s Grambling State University (GSU). A native of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Carty is completing her first year as the assistant athletics director for marketing and communications at GSU. Prior to Grambling, Carty worked in the athletics department at South Carolina State University (SCSU) as the director of marketing…

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Aimee Fador

Academy Online Bachelor’s Helps Alumna Achieve Dream as Coach, Administrator and Teacher

By | Alumni

DAPHNE, Ala. – Aimee Fador was a highly regarded high school basketball player who could have gone to college on an athletic scholarship, but, like many people, special family circumstances kept her from leaving home to attend college immediately after high school graduation. A former high-level basketball player at Waterford (Conn.) High School, Fador was recruited by several Division I and II basketball programs. However, circumstances led to her choosing to stay home to be…

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Dr. China Jude

Academy Alumna, Honoree Dr. China Jude Earns Senior Administrative Position at University of Wyoming

By | Alumni

DAPHNE, Ala. – Dr. China Jude said her education from the United States Sports Academy gave her the knowledge and confidence to excel in the world of collegiate sports, which led to her recent hiring to a senior athletics administration position at the University of Wyoming. Jude recently made a long-sought jump to NCAA Division I upon being hired as the senior associate athletics director for administration and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) at the University…

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Darryl Nance

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

By | Alumni

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

By | Alumni

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

By | Alumni

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

By | Alumni

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

By | Alumni

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

By | Alumni

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

By | Alumni

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

By | Alumni, News & Events

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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