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Biles, Lyles Named United States Sports Academy August Athletes of the Month

2019-09-17T14:20:33-05:00September 17th, 2019|

History’s most decorated gymnast and one of the world’s fastest men have been named the United States Sports Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month for August. American gymnast Simone Biles was named the Academy’s female Athlete of the Month after winning her sixth United States all-around title and earned three gold medals and a bronze medal at the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships in August 2019. She also became the first woman to successfully complete a triple twisting double somersault on the floor exercise and a double twisting double somersault dismount off the balance beam. American sprinter Noah Lyles won the men’s Athlete of the Month honor after he broke a meet record in the 200-meter race at the IAAF Diamond League final in Paris on 24 August 2019. [...]

Academy and Republic of Guinea Sign Agreement for Sport Development in West African Nation

2019-09-10T16:50:21-05:00September 10th, 2019|

With the President of Guinea H.E. Dr. Alpha Condé looking on, Guinea Foreign Minister H.E. Mamadi Touré, left, and United States Sports Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich signed a Protocol of Cooperation to aid in sports development in the west African nation. The United States Sports Academy will work with the west African nation of Guinea to help strengthen the national sports effort there after the two signed a Protocol for Cooperation during a recent meeting. The President of Guinea H.E. Dr. Alpha Condé is leading a delegation to the United States from that country ahead of the upcoming meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, which will open on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 in New York. While visiting the United States, President Condé and his retinue met [...]

Academy Alumna Dr. Monique Carroll Hired at South Carolina State University

2019-09-10T14:38:50-05:00September 10th, 2019|

United States Sports Academy alumna Dr. Monique Carroll recently joined the department of athletics at South Carolina State University as the deputy athletic director for internal operations and senior women’s administrator. Carroll earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2012 before earning her doctoral degree in sports management from Northcentral University. “I am humbled as well as excited to join the South Carolina State University family. We have tremendous Bulldog tradition to uphold and enhance while providing a first-class experience for our student-athletes,” said Carroll. “I look forward to partnering with AD Danley in executing his vision for athletics while working with our coaches, staff, campus, community, and alumni for success.” Carroll previously worked for nine years at Prairie View A&M University, where [...]

Academy Announces Inaugural Dissertation Writing Intensive Workshop for Doctoral Students

2019-09-10T13:23:06-05:00September 10th, 2019|

Completing a doctoral dissertation can be a daunting task for even the most accomplished students. The United States Sports Academy is committed to student success in all aspects of their graduate work, with a focus on academic and professional skill building, intellectual engagement, and an understanding of the graduate school experience. Because of its commitment to student success, the Academy is offering its doctoral candidates the inaugural Dissertation Writing Intensive Workshop, hosted by the Robert Block Library on 13-15 November, 2019, on the institution’s campus in Daphne, Ala. The seminar is open to students at any stage of their dissertation preparations. The Dissertation Writing Intensive Workshop will be delivered collaboratively by full time faculty and staff. There will be classroom based activities about writing, researching, formatting, the IRB process, and [...]

Doctoral Student and Alumnus Dennis Figures Selected as Academy’s First Student of the Month

2019-09-16T08:17:38-05:00September 10th, 2019|

Because of his dedication to earning not just one or two, but three degrees from the institution, Dennis Figures of Bryan, Texas, has been selected as the United States Sports Academy’s first Student of the Month. Figures, who hopes to work as a sports analyst in broadcast television or teach sports management at the collegiate level, was inspired by a friend to pursue his bachelor’s degree from the Academy. When he researched the institution, Figures was moved by the stories of alumni like Mike Leach, who went on to become one of the most recognized and respected coaches in college football at Texas Tech University and now at Washington State University. “When I saw the kind of people who had earned their degree from the Academy, and when I read [...]

Former Academy Teaching Assistant Dr. Jason Williams Hired in Faculty Role at Florida State

2019-09-10T11:15:34-05:00September 10th, 2019|

After studying in the United States Sports Academy’s doctoral program and working on the institution’s campus, Dr. Jason Williams has been hired as a member of the teaching faculty at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Fla. Williams worked at the Academy for three years as a doctoral teaching assistant until his graduation, when he earned his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management with a Sports Health and Fitness specialization. He was recently hired as a teaching faculty member in FSU’s College of Human Sciences, teaching strength and conditioning and applied physiology courses. “I really enjoyed my time at the Academy,” Williams said. “The Academy attracts high quality people, from everyone on the staff to the faculty and leadership. At the Academy I was fortunate to be able to [...]

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

2019-09-05T14:05:12-05:00September 5th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for August and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates from seven countries comprise the list. Everyone is encouraged to cast a vote on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu. Voting will continue until 5 p.m. Central time on Thursday, 12 September 2019. Male nominees are Aristides Aquino, baseball, Dominican Republic; Jordan Burroughs, wrestling, United States; Noah Lyles, track and field, United States; Rory McIlroy, golf, Northern Ireland; Anderson Peters, track and field, Grenada; and Teemu Pukki, football (soccer), Finland. Female nominees are Dina Averina, rhythmic gymnastics, Russia; Simone Biles, artistic gymnastics, United States; Madison Keys, tennis, United States; Alysa Liu, figure skating, United States; and Hinako Shibuno, golf, Japan. Each month, the [...]

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Eisenhower Memorial in Washington D.C. to Feature Sculptures by Academy 2004 Sport Artist of the Year Sergey Eylanbekov

2019-08-27T13:21:16-05:00August 27th, 2019|

The masterworks of sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov for the Gen. Dwight David Eisenhower Memorial are another step closer to completion with the announcement of the official dedication ceremony to be held on 8 May 2020 – the 75th anniversary of VE Day – on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Architect Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial was developed in collaboration with a creative team of artists and engineers.   The Eisenhower Memorial Commission, created by Congress, is overseeing creation of the project. Eylanbekov, the United States Sports Academy’s 2004 Sport Artist of the Year, was selected to design the sculptures that will commemorate Eisenhower as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in World War II and as 34th President of the United States. His sculptures will be placed at [...]

Academy Hosts 2019 Faculty Summit

2019-08-27T10:57:58-05:00August 27th, 2019|

The Academy presented an overview of its unique sports education degree programs to its on-campus and non-resident instructors during the institution’s 2019 Faculty Summit. Above, members of the Academy on campus faculty discuss their respective degree programs with non-resident faculty, who participated in the summit via phone conference call. At right, Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich addresses the institution’s faculty during the summit.

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Academy Signs Protocol for Cooperation with Brazilian Sports Company

2019-08-21T14:35:04-05:00August 21st, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy recently welcomed to campus a pair of Brazilian entrepreneurs for discussions on how the institution can aid in the growth of sport in Latin America. Sylvio Maia and Werner Fomin, the owners of Winner’s Sports Entertainment, were on campus to sign a protocol for cooperation with the Academy in an effort to boost the development of sports professionals in Brazil. From left are Sylvio Maia and Werner Fomin, Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich, Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom, and Executive Director of the Center for Professional Studies and Continuing Education Dr. Carlos Aquino. Maia has more than 25 years working as a sports education teacher and coordinator in various educational institutions in Brazil. He was the Marketing Director of the [...]

Academy Mourns Loss of Longtime Trustee, Education Leader Dr. Milly Cowles

2019-08-20T08:59:46-05:00August 20th, 2019|

Dr. Milly Cowles The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of former trustee Dr. Milly Cowles, a longtime leader in education and one of the founders of Head Start programs in the United States. Cowles, born in Ramer, Ala., in 1932, passed away on 7 August 2019. She served on the Academy’s Board of Trustees between 2003 and 2016. Cowles graduated from Troy University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and taught for seven years in Montgomery public schools. After receiving her Ph.D. at the University of Alabama in 1962, she began a long career as a professor at Rutgers University, The University of Georgia, The University of South Carolina, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where she was the first woman Dean [...]

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Academy Receives Isaiah J. Whitley MCTS Legacy of Excellence Awards

2019-08-19T16:54:39-05:00August 19th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy was recognized for its rich history of partnership with the Mobile County Training School (MCTS) at the Legacy Luncheon at the Robert Hope Community Center in Plateau, Ala. Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Chair of Sports Management Dr. Brandon Spradley accepted Isaiah J. Whitley MCTS Legacy of Excellence awards from MCTS Alumni Association President Anderson Flen. The award is named in recognition of the former MCTS principal Isaiah J. Whitley, whose efforts led to the school’s ability to secure monetary aid from the state of Alabama. Whitley served as the principal there from 1910 until his death in 1923. The Academy has a history of partnership and engagement with MCTS. Former MCTS Alumni Association president the late William Clark served on the Academy’s Board [...]

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