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Scherzer, Zaferes Named United States Sports Academy June Athletes of the Month

2019-07-16T16:53:27-05:00July 16th, 2019|

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer and American triathlete Katie Zaferes have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for June. Scherzer completed one of the best pitching months in Major League Baseball history after finishing June with a 6-0 record, 1.00 ERA and 68 strikeouts. He is only the fourth pitcher in the live ball era (post-1920) with an ERA of 1.00 or lower and at least 68 strikeouts in a month, joining Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, and Randy Johnson on the list. Zaferes won her fourth race in five International Triathlon Union (ITU) events this season on 29 June 2019 in Montreal. Zaferes – the top-ranked woman in 2019 – won the Montreal race of a 750-meter swim, 20 kilometer bike race, [...]

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2019-07-09T14:26:10-05:00July 9th, 2019|

The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Doctoral Graduates Dr. Austin W. Latour (Oak Harbor, Wash.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership emphasis, with honors Dr. James C. Fraser Jr. (Anderson, S.C.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership emphasis Master’s Graduates Ronnie A. Arnold Jr. (Bay City, Texas) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Coaching and Sports Studies Bachelor’s Graduates Kenneth R. Scherer (Tuscon, Ariz.) – B.S.S. Sports Studies, magna cum laude Angela J. Kaffen (Delaware, Ohio) – B.S.S. Sports Strength and Conditioning

Academy Master’s Graduate Terlynn Olds Named Associate AD at University of Alaska Fairbanks

2019-07-09T14:19:50-05:00July 9th, 2019|

United States Sports Academy master’s degree graduate Terlynn Olds has been named the associate athletic director of internal operations and senior woman administrator at University of Alaska Fairbanks. A native of Ruston, La., Olds earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 2002. She has more than 21 years of experience in collegiate athletics, specifically in the facilitation and oversight of athletic programs, policies and initiatives. She also has experience in senior leadership positions that have served more than 1,500 student-athletes across multiple teams and NCAA divisions. Olds joined the Alaska Nanooks after serving as the deputy director of athletics and business manager at Grambling State University, an NCAA Division I program located in Grambling, Louisiana. She oversaw each of Grambling’s 15 varsity athletic [...]

Dr. Bonnie Tiell Takes Part in WISE ‘Women’s Dugout’ Panel at All-Star Game

2019-07-09T14:16:26-05:00July 9th, 2019|

United States Sports Academy alumna and national faculty member Dr. Bonnie Tiell took part in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week as a panelist for the Women in Sports and Events (WISE) “Women’s Dugout” event in Cleveland, Ohio. The “Women’s Dugout” event was held as a gathering for women early in their sport careers and veteran women executives to meet at MLB’s All-Star Game in July in Cleveland. Tiell was part of a panel of former WISE Cleveland Women of the Year honorees. Dr. Bonnie Tiell, third from left, participates in the Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Women’s Dugout panel in Cleveland, Ohio. Tiell is a professor of sports management at Tiffin (Ohio) University. She earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management and human resources from [...]

Academy Alumnus Dr. Alan Ledford Named to Clinton County Sports Hall of Fame

2019-07-09T14:12:28-05:00July 9th, 2019|

United States Sports Academy doctoral degree program alumnus Dr. Alan Ledford was recently named to the Clinton County (Ohio) Sports Hall of Fame. Ledford is the program director and assistant professor in the sport management department at Wilmington (Ohio) College. Ledford earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2016. Ledford credited his Academy degree with helping him land his job at Wilmington. He said the Academy’s flexible online learning option were beneficial to him as a student. “After completing my doctoral degree, I was able to interview and earn my current job at Wilmington College,” Ledford said. “The Academy is great place for a self-starter student. The classes are enjoyable and the biggest positive is that the courses can be self-directed, meaning you can [...]

Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for June

2019-07-03T17:00:10-05:00July 3rd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for June and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from six countries comprise the list. Each month, the public is invited to participate in the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes and then voting online during the first week of every month. The online votes are used to guide the Academy selection committee in choosing the male and female monthly winners, who then become eligible for selection to the prestigious Athlete of the Year ballot. A worldwide public vote on the annual ballot is used to guide the committee in making the final selection. Everyone is encouraged to cast a [...]

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Academy Library Director Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson Presents at Conference in Italy

2019-06-25T11:25:03-05:00June 25th, 2019|

Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson United States Sports Academy library director Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson recently made a presentation at an international library conference in Florence, Italy. Pacetti-Donelson presented a bibliometric study at the 2019 Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML) conference that demonstrates a method to identify scientific specialties in conference proceedings. Bibliometrics is the analyses of patterns of information related to usage data, impact, or publication data in print or electronic format. Her research demonstrated that the nature of scientific specialties can be identified in knowledge domains outside of the traditional publication records and proposed a methodology to collate data and complete an analysis without traditional database usage. Pacetti-Donelson earned her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and her doctoral degree from [...]

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Academy Sends Instructors to Thailand for Longstanding International Sports Certification Program

2019-06-25T11:15:40-05:00June 25th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy is continuing its longstanding international certification program in Thailand with a handful of instructors teaching the institution’s post-secondary, non-degree programs in that country this summer. This is the 14th consecutive year that the Academy has taught its international certification program to provide advanced sport education to prepare students in Thailand for careers in sport. The Academy teaches the International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program in Thailand, which includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, and the International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM), a program that includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities. In June, the Academy has sent instructors Dr. Mike Hahesy, Dr. Dave Shrock, and Dr. Christopher Rampacek to Bangkok on teaching assignments. [...]

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Academy 2010 Sport Artist of the Year Tafa Pays Tribute to Life of Bronx Apartment Fire Hero

2019-06-25T11:14:45-05:00June 25th, 2019|

Artist Tafa presents a portrait memorializing New York National Guard Private Emmanuel Mensah. United States Sports Academy 2010 Sport Artist of the Year Tafa was recently commissioned to pay tribute to a hero who gave his life rescuing people from a fire in the Bronx. Tafa, a native of Ghana, created a portrait memorializing New York National Guard Private Emmanuel Mensah, 28, who died in December of 2017 while attempting to rescue people stranded inside of a burning apartment building. The late soldier was one of 13 people who were killed in the fire. The artist presented the portrait to Mensah’s family during a street naming ceremony in his honor. The street, 2363 Prospects Avenue in Bronx in New York City, was renamed Private First Class Emmanuel Mensah [...]

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Painter Steven Lester Named Academy’s 2019 Sport Artist of the Year

2019-06-19T13:55:56-05:00June 19th, 2019|

Academy 2019 Sport Artist of the Year Steven Lester in his Atlanta Studio. After four decades of leadership in the commercial creative field, Atlanta’s Steven Lester fully embraced his passion for painting and quickly gained notoriety for what he calls “representational expressionism.” Because Lester’s action sports themes resonate with vibrant life and elicit a visceral, emotional response, he has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Sport Artist of the Year. Lester will be awarded the honor at the Academy’s Awards of Sport event and reception on Thursday, November 14, 2019 on the Academy campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Academy’s 35th Annual Awards of Sport program, a celebration of sport and art and a “Tribute to the [...]

Leonard, King Named United States Sports Academy May Athletes of the Month

2019-06-17T13:48:02-05:00June 17th, 2019|

A pair of top American athletes have won the United States Sports Academy’s contest for May Male and Female Athlete of the Month. Basketball player Kawhi Leonard and swimmer Lilly King took home the institution’s top honors for the month. Leonard averaged 30 points in 12 NBA Playoff games for the Toronto Raptors in May 2019 and led the team to its first NBA Finals appearance in history. Leonard averaged 29.8 points and 9.5 rebounds in Toronto’s six-game Eastern Conference Finals series against Milwaukee. King won gold in the 200-meter breaststroke and 50-meter breaststroke events in the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Champions Series in Indianapolis on 31 May 2019. King finished the 200-meter event in 2:21.39 and the 50-meter even in 29.63 seconds, the fastest time of the year. She [...]

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Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2019-06-11T14:30:17-05:00June 11th, 2019|

The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Doctoral Graduates Dr. Treva Kacille Shott-Gozashti (Abilene, Texas) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Medicine emphasis, Human Resources Management specialization Dr. Jason J. Williams (Foley, Ala.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Health and Fitness emphasis, Sports Marketing specialization Master’s Graduates Anthony T. Cook (Clover, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies Shawn R. Schumacher (Canton, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports Management, Recreation Management emphasis Blake M. Updike (Scappoose, Ore.) – M.S.S. Sports Management Bachelor’s Graduates Shawn Henry Benson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching Nicholas Aaron Nolen (Statesville, N.C.) – B.S.S. Sports Management

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