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Academy Celebrates Founder’s Day and 50th Anniversary with Symposia, Commencement

2022-04-27T13:44:25-05:00April 27th, 2022|

The United States Sports Academy threw a party 50 years in the making as it hosted its first ever Founder’s Day celebration April 21-22. The two-day event culminated with a commencement ceremony for students who traveled from all parts of the country to attend. On Thursday, 21 April, the Academy hosted an Open House event followed by an alumni outing at a Minor League Baseball game in Pensacola, Fla. Academy graduates, resident faculty, non-resident faculty, staff, Trustees, and the Academy’s mascot Sammy Eagle attended the game between the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and the Montgomery Biscuits. On Friday, 22 April, the Academy hosted an Alumni Symposium moderated by director of doctoral studies Dr. Fred Cromartie with alumni panelists Dr. Neal Ring, Dr. Amy Stell, Dr. Dexter Davis, Dr. Anthony D’Onofrio, and [...]

Academy Trustee and Artist Susan McCollough Unveils Nick Saban Bust at Founder’s Day

2022-04-27T09:29:13-05:00April 27th, 2022|

As part of its 50th Anniversary Founder’s Day celebration, the United States Sports Academy welcomed into the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) another original sculpture created by someone very close to the institution. Trustee and Art Committee member Susan N. McCollough unveiled an original bronze bust of University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban during the Founder’s Day program. The bust is now on permanent display in the ASAMA collection. Susan Nomberg McCollough is an internationally-acclaimed abstract and impressionistic artist who has produced hundreds of paintings, many of which have won national and international awards. She is a former “Miss University of Alabama” and “Miss Alabama, International” in Long Beach, Calif. (which gave way to the “Miss Universe Pageant”). McCollough became a trustee of the Academy after [...]

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Spanish Soccer Star Fernando Torres Teaches Core Values in New Course Available from the United States Sports Academy

2022-04-27T09:02:01-05:00April 26th, 2022|

Spanish soccer star Fernando Torres is famous for his more than two decades of work as a player and a manager at the highest levels of international competition. Now, Torres is lending his talents to the public through a continuing education course offered by the United States Sports Academy. The new fully online webinar course offered by the Academy (here) teaches Torres’s famous nine core values of Respect, Discipline, Commitment, Humility, Courage, Trust, Loyalty, Perseverance, and Devotion. The webinar course is offered for just $195. Torres is a Spanish football (soccer) manager and longtime former player on the international stage. Torres started his career with Atlético Madrid, progressing through their youth system to the first-team squad. He made his first-team debut in 2001 and finished his time at the club [...]

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Japanese Figure Skaters Shoma Uno, Kaori Sakamoto Named Academy March Athletes of the Month

2022-04-26T08:53:51-05:00April 26th, 2022|

Japanese figure skating champions Shoma Uno and Kaori Sakamoto earned the United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Month honors after their impressive performances capturing the men’s and women’s singles titles at the World Figure Skating Championships in March. Uno won his first world title at the competition in France on 26 March 2022. Uno won with a total score of 312.48 to hold off compatriot Yuma Kagiyama, who took silver. Sakamoto won the women’s singles world title at the competition in France on 25 March 2022. Sakamoto finished with a total score of 236.09 and led throughout the competition after triumphing in the short program. The second place finisher on the men’s side was Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis and third place went to American tennis player Taylor Fritz. [...]

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Tennis Player Karthik Anand Preparing for Life After Sport with Academy Bachelor’s Program

2022-04-12T14:52:29-05:00April 12th, 2022|

Karthik Anand is well on his way to reaching his dream of playing tennis on the professional circuit and becoming a role model for aspiring young athletes from India. But when his playing days eventually end, Anand will be prepared for a career as a coach because of his education from the United States Sports Academy. A native of New Delhi, India, Anand is the Academy’s latest Student of the Month. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports coaching while living and training at the Walter Grunfeld Tennis Academy in Barcelona, Spain. There, he has worked his way up the ranks in tennis with his eyes set on qualifying for International Tennis Federation (ITF) play and eventually becoming a regular on the ATP Tour. Like [...]

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Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2022-04-12T09:10:35-05:00April 12th, 2022|

The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Because of the Academy’s rolling enrollments and flexible online learning options, degrees can be conferred upon graduates throughout the academic year. Doctoral Graduates Dr. Amy T. Stell (El Paso, Texas) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership specialization, Graduation with Honors Dr. Jamey D. Arnold (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership specialization Dr. Gregory A. Petersen (Charlotte, N.C.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership specialization Master’s Graduates Anna W. Adcock (Lancaster, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Management, Graduation with Honors Craig M. Fitzgerald (Wyckoff, N.J.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching Bachelor’s Graduate Steven N. Longo (Frankford, Del.) – B.S.S. Sports Management

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Academy Alumnus Dr. Alan Ledford Promoted to Associate Professor at Wilmington College

2022-04-12T08:42:07-05:00April 12th, 2022|

United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Alan Ledford earned a promotion to associate professor of sports management at Wilmington (Ohio) College. Ledford is also the sports management program director at Wilmington. He credited his Academy Doctor of Education degree in sports management (2016) 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 take the classes as slow or as fast as you see fit.” At Wilmington, Ledford oversees all [...]

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Academy President and Alumnus Dr. T.J. Rosandich Announces Plan to Retire in 2022

2022-04-12T08:23:00-05:00April 12th, 2022|

The United States Sports Academy has begun a search for a new president following an announcement made to the Academy’s Board of Trustees at the annual meeting that current President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich plans to retire after nearly a half century of service to the institution. Rosandich has worked for the Academy since 1976, including service as its President and CEO since 2015. He will stay on board as President until his successor is hired and installed. The Academy’s Board of Trustees has formed a search committee Chaired by Board Chairman Robert Campbell to undertake a nationwide search for the next president. “The contributions to the Academy by Dr. Rosandich over more than 45 years of service are significant,” said Robert Campbell. “These are evidenced on a personal [...]

Vote Now for United States Sports Academy Athlete of the Month for March

2022-04-08T15:06:25-05:00April 8th, 2022|

Sports stars from nine different countries make up the United States Sports Academy’s March Athlete of the Month ballot, which is online now for voting at the Academy’s website, www.ussa.edu. Voting will continue until 5 p.m. Central time on Thursday, 14 April 2022. Male nominees are Mondo Duplantis, athletics, Sweden; Taylor Fritz, tennis, United States; Grant Holloway, athletics, United States; Kjeld Nuis, speed skating, Netherlands; Shoma Uno, figure skating, Japan; and Scottie Scheffler, golf, United States. Female nominees are Yaroslava Mahuchikh, athletics, Ukraine; Yulimar Rojas, athletics, Venezuela; Kaori Sakamoto, figure skating, Japan; Kelly Sildaru, freestyle skiing, Estonia; Iga Swiatek, tennis, Poland; and Tessa Worley, alpine skiing, France. Each month, the public is invited to participate in the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes and then voting [...]

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Careers in Exercise Science

2022-04-06T14:00:18-05:00April 6th, 2022|

Learn About Careers for Exercise Science Majors Christopher Bonilla has always had a passion for fitness, health and wellness. “I’ve gone from competitive weightlifting, to teaching CrossFit boot-camp style classes, to competing in Ironman and Tough Mudder competitions,” says Bonilla, who recently served in the Nevada National Guard. “Being fit is such a big part of the military life and is something that I just have always been compelled to do. It is also important to be able to pass on my knowledge to others so they can better their own personal fitness.” That’s why Bonilla enrolled in the United States Sports Academy’s Master of Sports Science degree program in sports exercise science. For Bonilla and countless USSA graduate students, pursuing an exercise science degree is an ideal way to [...]

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Careers in Coaching

2022-04-05T11:51:03-05:00April 5th, 2022|

Now Is a Good Time to Coach Sports as a Career For more than two decades, Lexie Hernandez has been helping young and aspiring figure skaters find success on the ice. To help take her career to the next level, she decided to pursue a Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the United States Sports Academy. “The Academy degree program combines my love for sport and competition with the science behind it all,” says Hernandez, who has been skating since she was 5 years old. “I am excited to not only see how this degree helps improve my coaching, but also how it impacts my life by making me a better person.” According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly 300,000 coaches and scouts like Hernandez are [...]

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Sports Information Directors

2022-03-31T16:28:57-05:00March 31st, 2022|

What Is a Sports Information Director, and Why Might It Be the Right Career Path for You? Experience matters. For Karen Carty, her Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy gave her the tools and techniques to find success at the highest levels of college athletics. “I knew I wanted to work in sports, and I felt that the classes offered by the Academy would properly prepare me for the career I wanted,” says Carty, who was impressed by the Academy’s expansive network of graduates. Carty, who started her career in sports marketing and media relations, is now assistant commissioner for media relations with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and its eight historically Black colleges and universities. Colleges, universities, professional sports teams and athletics [...]

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