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Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2021-10-13T13:50:18-05:00October 13th, 2021|

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. James J. Moore (Hillsboro, Kan.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership specialization, with honors Dr. John T. Pagliasotti III (Weatherford, Okla.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Theory emphasis, Sports Leadership specialization, with honors Dr. Lorenzo Guess (East Lansing, Mich.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership specialization

Student of the Month Dr. Lorenzo Guess Praises Academy’s Online Doctoral Degree Program

2021-10-13T13:42:37-05:00October 13th, 2021|

Dr. Lorenzo Guess is a former two-sport collegiate athlete at Michigan State who has received numerous accolades for his skill on the field and court and as a strength and conditioning coach. Now, he’s earned his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in sports management from the United States Sports Academy. The Academy’s latest Student of the Month, Guess is the associate head strength and conditioning coach and director of player enrichment for the Michigan State University football team. A former MSU safety (1998-2001) and basketball player, Guess is now in his 10th season on the school’s football training staff. Guess progressed through the Academy doctoral program with his wife, Bianca, who is currently in the dissertation phase of her studies. “My wife actually got me into the program and it was [...]

Academy Coaching Degree Helped Kevin Laux on Path to Alabama Soccer Association Leadership Role

2021-10-13T13:40:21-05:00October 13th, 2021|

Alabama Soccer Association (ASA) technical director Kevin Laux said his master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy showed him the science behind coaching and ultimately led to his career in coaching education. Laux holds a Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy. Like many Academy students and graduates, Laux pursued his degree while working full time in the profession as an assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of Mobile (Ala.). “The Academy helped me understand that coaching is a science and an art,” Laux said. “Studying at the Academy showed me that there has been incredible research done in the field of coaching and that successful coaches don’t just go out there make it up as they go along. There is a science and [...]

Scott Simmons Credits “Transformational” Academy Education in Career Coaching World Class Distance Runners

2021-10-13T13:37:59-05:00October 13th, 2021|

When the American Distance Project (ADP) was founded more than a decade ago as a training outlet for local long distance runners in the Colorado Springs area, Scott Simmons had no idea the organization would produce multiple Olympians and world championship competitors within the next 10 years. Simmons, who is a coach at the ADP, holds a Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the United States Sports Academy. Since 2011, the ADP has helped more than 50 long distance runners on Team USA, including Olympic medalists at both the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Games. Those athletes include American distance runner Paul Chelimo, who medaled in 5,000-meter races at both the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Simmons credited his “transformational” education from the Academy as a [...]

United States Sports Academy Mourns Loss of Founding Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Robert Block

2021-10-13T09:43:24-05:00October 13th, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of Dr. Robert Block, the Founding Chairman of the Academy’s Board of Trustees, who passed away from natural causes on 12 October 2021 at age 93. Block played a crucial role in the founding and growth of the Academy and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the institution in 1982. In addition to being the Founding Chairman of Academy’s Board of Trustees, Block served on the board for 44 years, beginning with the Academy’s inception in 1972.  Block provided space for the Academy’s first location in Milwaukee, Wisc. Together with Founding President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich and other founding members of the board, Block also helped recruit and select the Academy’s first National Faculty.   Block was also instrumental in the creation [...]

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

2021-10-07T13:08:13-05:00October 7th, 2021|

Worldwide online voting is now open for the United States Sports Academy’s September Athlete of the Month ballot, featuring 12 candidates from seven countries who made an impact in their sport during the month. 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, 14 October 2021. Male nominees are Guye Adola, marathon, Ethiopia; Trayvon Bromell, athletics, United States; Fred Kerley, athletics, United States; Daniil Medvedev, tennis, Russia; Tyler O’Neill, baseball, United States; and Vincent Zhou, figure skating, United States. Female nominees are Valeria Allman, discus, United States; Carli Lloyd, soccer, United States; Francine Niyonsaba, athletics, Burundi; Emma Raducanu, tennis, Great Britain; Senbere Teferi, athletics, Ethiopia; and Agnes Tirop, athletics, Kenya. Each month, the public is invited [...]

Academy Sponsors Fairhope Soccer Club Recreational Youth and Travel Teams

2021-09-28T13:20:12-05:00September 28th, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy recently signed a contract with the Fairhope (Ala.) Soccer Club (FSC) to sponsor that league's recreational youth and travel soccer teams. The agreement between the Daphne, Ala., based university and the local soccer organization will benefit hundreds of young athletes in Coastal Alabama. The Academy welcomed FSC president Haden Giddings, club director Declan McSheffrey, and secretary Jacque Boyer to campus for the official signing ceremony in September 2021. The FSC offers a variety of recreational programs for children ages 4-19 and offers an academy style travel program for advanced players seeking a higher level of training and competition. The club also offers camps, tournaments, and playdates throughout the year.

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United States Sports Academy Working with International Soccer Star Fernando Torres on Sport Values Course

2021-09-28T13:10:51-05:00September 28th, 2021|

Fernando Torres The United States Sports Academy has signed an agreement with Thinking Heads speakers’ bureau to offer Spanish soccer star Fernando Torres’s sport values and leadership course to the public through the institution’s online learning management system. The values and leadership course – which is planned to be offered 100% online by the Academy in 2022 – will focus on Torres’ famous nine values: Respect, Discipline, Commitment, Humility, Courage, Trust, Loyalty, Perseverance, and Devotion. 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 with 75 goals in 174 La Liga appearances. [...]

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Attorney Richard McLaren Earns United States Sports Academy 2021 Honorary Doctorate for Work Combatting Corruption in Sport

2021-09-28T13:06:23-05:00September 28th, 2021|

A well-respected law professor specializing in the investigation of corruption in sport, Richard McLaren has been named the recipient of the United States Sports Academy’s 2021 international Honorary Doctorate. Each year as part of its Awards of Sport program, the Academy presents its Honorary Doctorate to a person who has made outstanding contributions to sport and to society. McLaren earned the award because of his body of work uncovering corruption in international sport – including his leadership on the WADA Commission, which investigated allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russian sports. His 2016 McLaren Report indicated systematic state-sponsored subversion of the drug testing processes by the government of Russia before, during, and subsequent to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. McLaren’s follow up report, also in 2016, found that between 2011 and [...]

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Academy Mourns loss of Former USSA-Malaysia CAO and Alumnus Mohamad Tahir Bin Kamaruzaman

2021-09-24T10:53:36-05:00September 24th, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of Mohamad Tahir Bin Kamaruzaman, the former longtime Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of USSA-Malaysia, who passed away on Friday, 24 September 2021. A widely respected educator and administrator, Kamaruzaman, known to friends and colleagues as “Haji Tahir” worked as the USSA-Malaysia CAO for eight years. He was also an alumnus of the Academy, having been part of the institution’s first group of Malaysian students in the International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program through the Malaysian MSN – the country’s central sports organization – in the early 1980s. He also held a master’s degree in sports science from the University of Malaysia. Kamaruzaman played a significant role in program planning and curriculum development for USSA-Malaysia, tailoring the Academy’s programs to fit [...]

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American Olympic Champions Durant and McLaughlin Named Academy August Athletes of the Month

2021-09-15T09:05:17-05:00September 15th, 2021|

American Olympic gold medalists Kevin Durant and Sydney McLaughlin are the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month after their achievements on the world stage at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in August. . Durant earned MVP honors as Team USA won the Men’s Olympic Basketball Tournament at Tokyo 2020. Durant averaged 20.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists to lead the Americans to gold and scored 29 in the 83-76 finals win against France. McLaughlin broke her own world record and the Olympic record and won gold with a time of 51.46 seconds in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. McLaughlin held off compatriot Dalilah Muhammad, whose time of 51.58 would have also broken McLaughlin’s previous record of 51.90. McLaughlin was also part of the American [...]

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Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2021-09-14T13:21:48-05:00September 14th, 2021|

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. Master’s Graduates Wiley C. Branch (Durant, Miss.) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Health & Fitness and Sports Medicine Derrick Burroughs (Villa Rica, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports Management Warren A. Patterson (Malone, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching Bachelor’s Graduates Rafael Gutierrez (Heartland, Texas) – B.S.S. Sports Strength & Conditioning, Magna Cum Laude Frederick A. Koeller (Warrensburg, Mo.) – B.S.S. Sports Management James E. Pressler (Emmaus, Pa.) – B.S.S. Sports Management, Recreation Management emphasis

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