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Academy Master’s Degree Graduate Chad Killinger Hired to Coach Indiana State Women’s Hoops

2021-05-11T13:50:25-05:00May 11th, 2021|

Former national coach of the year in collegiate basketball and United States Sports Academy master’s degree holder Chad Killinger was recently hired as the ninth women’s basketball coach at Indiana State University. An Indiana native, Killinger earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2003 while coaching at Jacksonville (Texas) College. Killinger, a former national coach of the year for two-year colleges, previously worked as an assistant coach at Nicholls State University, where he served as the recruiting coordinator and helped the Colonels rank in the top 50 nationally in six statistical categories. Throughout his 25-year coaching career, Killinger has held nearly every position possible in a collegiate basketball program, from student-assistant coach, to assistant coach, to junior college head coach and now Division [...]

Summer 2020 Semester Honor Roll Students

2021-05-11T13:37:35-05:00May 11th, 2021|

United States Sports Academy students who excelled during the Summer 2020 semester were honored by being included on the President’s List and Dean’s List. Those on the President’s List had a grade-point average of 4.0. Undergraduates on the Dean’s List had a grade-point average of 3.4-3.99, while graduate students on the Dean’s List had a grade-point average of 3.8-3.99. Doctoral President’s List Lloyd Rogers Jillian L. Rosandich Steven B. Wachs Doctoral Dean’s List Paul D. Garza Thadeus V. Jackson Cheryl L. Tabone Master’s President’s List Rich J. Campbell John Mabee Cameron J. Prather Andrew A. Ward Master’s Dean’s List Brittani S. Keaton Austin R. Spainhour Chad Tuszkiewicz Bachelor’s President’s List Diego Real Ashley Schnorf Bachelor’s Dean’s List Elena Anderson Triston Patrick Alex J. Powell Mark A. Shufford Jack E. Simmons [...]

Student of the Month Lauren Hedges Says Academy Bachelor’s Program Beneficial in Career and Life

2021-05-11T13:27:20-05:00May 11th, 2021|

Lauren Hedges was one of the United States Sports Academy’s first enrollees for its inaugural Freshman class that kicked off in January 2021. Now, after months of hard work in her Bachelor of Sports Science (B.S.S.) degree courses, Hedges was named the Academy’s latest Student of the Month. A resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, Hedges is working on her B.S.S. degree in sports strength and conditioning and she hopes to use that education to pursue a career in personal training and fitness. A mother and personal trainer in the Salt Lake City area, Hedges is part of the Academy’s first group of four-year bachelor’s degree students. Founded as a graduate school of sport in 1972, the Academy admitted its first upper-division, degree completion bachelor’s degree students in the Fall [...]

Broncos Name Academy 2011 Alumna of the Year Dr. China Jude as VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

2021-05-11T13:23:04-05:00May 11th, 2021|

The Denver Broncos have named United States Sports Academy 2011 Alumna of the Year Dr. China Jude as their new Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – a newly created role for one of the NFL’s most storied franchises. In the role Jude – who holds an Academy Master of Sports Science degree in sports management – will work closely with football, business and community leadership on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy. She will also work directly with the human resources and community development departments, focusing on recruitment, hiring processes, overall workplace environment and external outreach. In addition to leading the organization's overall DEI strategy and representing the team as an external ambassador on social justice initiatives, Jude will guide the team's internal DEI committee as it hosts [...]

Vanderbilt’s Dr. Kristene Kelly Receives Academy’s 2020 Alumna of the Year Award

2021-05-11T13:25:57-05:00May 11th, 2021|

A sports administrator with one of the most diverse resumes in the collegiate ranks, Dr. Kristene Kelly has received the United States Sports Academy’s 2020 Alumna of the Year award during a ceremony on the campus of Vanderbilt University. Kelly, an Academy doctoral degree holder, joined the Vanderbilt University athletic department in 2020 as the deputy athletic director for internal affairs, senior woman administrator, and member of the department’s executive team. She is also the athletic department’s liaison to the Title IX office and to the Dean of Students. Kelly was presented her award in Nashville, Tenn., during a Vanderbilt University baseball game by Academy Trustee and University of Tennessee Athletics Director Emerita Joan Cronan. In addition, Cronan presented the Academy’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award to Vanderbilt baseball coach [...]

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

2021-05-07T09:32:44-05:00May 7th, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy is pleased to announce online voting is open for its Athlete of the Month ballot for the month of April, featuring 12 candidates from nine countries who made an impact in their sport during the month. Everyone is encouraged to cast a vote. Voting will continue until 5 p.m. Central time on Thursday, 13 May 2021. Male nominees are Ronald Acuña, baseball, Venezuela; Jared Butler, basketball, United States; Stephen Curry, basketball, United States; Brad Marchand, hockey, Canada; Hideki Matsuyama, golf, Japan; and Stafanos Tsitsipas, tennis, Greece. Female nominees are Ashleigh Barty, tennis, Australia; Ruth Chepngetich, athletics, Kenya; Haley Jones, basketball, United States; Jade Jones, taekwondo, Great Britain; Madison Lilley, volleyball, United States; and Patty Tavatanakit, golf, Thailand. Each month, the public is invited to participate [...]

Sports Marketing Course Taught by Academy Faculty Launches in Barcelona

2021-04-27T08:58:59-05:00April 27th, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy has teamed up with GBSB Global Business School to provide an online, instructor facilitated sports marketing course to students at the Barcelona-based institution. The 10-week post-secondary, non-degree sports marketing course is being taught by the Academy’s director of doctoral studies Dr. Fred Cromartie and chair of sports management Dr. Brandon Spradley. The course launched this month and covers sport marketing principles and the elements of the marketing mix. Topics include advertising, promotions, pricing, sponsorships, and market segmentation. The Academy in 2020 agreed to work with GBSB Global Business School to teach its world renowned post-secondary, non-degree sport education programs to students there utilizing computer mediated technology. The Academy is an acknowledged leader in the field having first placed its courses completely online more than 25 [...]

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Figure Skaters Nathan Chen, Anna Shcherbakova Named Academy March Athletes of the Month

2021-04-27T08:43:13-05:00April 23rd, 2021|

A pair of figure skaters were voted the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month after their performances at the world figure skating championships in Stockholm, Sweden in March. American Nathan Chen and Russia’s Anna Shcherbakova won the honors after winning world titles at the event. Chen captured his third consecutive world figure skating title at the event and has won 13 titles in the last three seasons. He is the first U.S. man since 1984 Olympic champion Scott Hamilton to win three consecutive world titles. Chen is the two-time reigning United States Sports Academy Male Athlete of the Year. Shcherbakova won the women’s overall world figure skating title at the event after landing seven clean triple jumps in her free skate performance to seal the win with a [...]

Academy’s Sports Management Degrees Earn Landmark ACBSP Accreditation

2021-04-21T15:51:11-05:00April 21st, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy hit another historic landmark in its nearly half-century of delivering high quality sports education programs as it became the first sports university to earn accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Founded in 1972, the Academy – known around the world as America’s Sports University – offers ACBSP accredited sports management degrees in its Bachelor of Sports Science and Master of Sports Science programs. In addition, the Academy is the first and only school in the world with an ACBSP accredited doctoral degree in sports management.  The ACBSP organization accredits business education programs around the world at more than 1,000 campuses. “The Academy is proud of this achievement marking the quality of the institution’s highly regarded sports management programs,” Academy President [...]

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Academy Graduate Matt Lowe Hired to Coach First Women’s Cross Country Team at Grays Harbor College

2021-04-13T14:51:35-05:00April 13th, 2021|

United States Sports Academy graduate Matt Lowe has an opportunity that most coaches at the collegiate level never get – to be the first coach in their program’s history. Lowe was recently hired as the first ever coach for the brand new women’s cross country team at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Wash. Lowe holds a Master of Sports Science (M.S.S.) degree in sports coaching from the Academy. He also had a successful collegiate running career at Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky. He recently coached cross country at Kentucky Wesleyan College, where he helped design training for long-distance runners in the steeplechase, 5k, 10k distances, and throwing events; and helped athletes achieve All-Conference Academic and Athletic honors as well as winning conference titles and breaking school and conference records. “The [...]

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Graciela Steidley’s Academy Degree Opened Door to College Softball Head Coach Position

2021-04-13T14:46:42-05:00April 13th, 2021|

Graciela Steidley has more than 20 years of experience coaching softball at the high school and collegiate levels, but her bachelor’s degree from the United States Sports Academy ultimately helped her land her first collegiate head coaching position. Steidley holds a Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports studies from the Academy. She was recently hired as the head softball coach at the University of Antelope Valley (UAV) in Lancaster, Calif. “My education with United States Sports Academy helped my career by opening doors that were not possible prior to earning my degree,” Steidley said. “Prior to applying at the Academy, I was complacent with being an assistant coach and not looking to advance my education. It wasn’t until my daughter was injured and I had to watch her dreams [...]

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Summer 2020 Semester Honor Roll Students

2021-04-13T14:37:44-05:00April 13th, 2021|

United States Sports Academy students who excelled during the Summer 2020 semester were honored by being included on the President’s List and Dean’s List. Those on the President’s List had a grade-point average of 4.0. Undergraduates on the Dean’s List had a grade-point average of 3.4-3.99, while graduate students on the Dean’s List had a grade-point average of 3.8-3.99. Doctoral President’s List Jared M. Bonvillain Emily J. Hall Jillian L. Rosandich Amy T. Stell Cheryl L. Tabone Ciara L. Taylor Jordan M. Vann Doctoral Dean’s List Nicole Daurio Miguel Garcia Almira Titre-Barnor Steven Wachs Master’s President’s List Sherri Branscombe Alison Daehling Anna Howey Adcock David H. Hubbart Cariana Karugireyo Nigel Mullan John J. Pantuosco James Poston Alexander Shortall Stephan Swimmer Master’s Dean’s List Aaron Ainsworth Brooke Alf Mark Bell John [...]

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