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Atlanta’s Steven Lester Receives Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year Award

2019-11-19T10:13:06-06:00November 19th, 2019|

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 was named the United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Sport Artist of the Year. Lester received the 2019 Sport Artist of the Year – Dr. Znenliang He Culture Award from Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich and unveiled an original painting of American gymnast Simone Biles at the Academy’s 35th annual Awards of Sport program in Daphne, Ala. The painting, called “Courage to Soar,” depicts Biles performing on the balance beam at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The piece is now on permanent [...]

Former Tennessee Women’s Athletics Director Joan Cronan Receives Academy’s Honorary Doctorate

2019-11-19T10:10:12-06:00November 19th, 2019|

Former longtime University of Tennessee women’s athletics director Joan Cronan can add a new title to her already impressive list of career accomplishments after she received an Honorary Doctorate from the United States Sports Academy. Each year as part of its Awards of Sport program, the Academy presents honorary doctorates to people who have made outstanding contributions to sport and to society. Cronan, an Academy Trustee, received the award from Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Board of Trustees Chairman Robert C. Campbell III at the institution’s 35th annual Awards of Sport program in Daphne, Ala. Cronan served as the women’s athletics director at Tennessee for 29 years until 2012. During her tenure, Tennessee expanded women’s varsity sports from seven to 11, the Lady Vols earned 10 NCAA titles and [...]

Hanyu, Biles Named United States Sports Academy October Athletes of the Month

2019-11-19T09:54:17-06:00November 19th, 2019|

The most decorated gymnast in history and a global figure skating sensation have been named the United States Sports Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month for October. American gymnast Simone Biles and Japanese superstar Yuzuru Hanyu took home the top honors for the month. Hanyu won the Skate Canada men’s title by 59.82 points, the largest margin in Grand Prix figure skating history, in competition in October 2019. Hanyu won with a personal best total of 322.59, the highest point total in the world this season. Biles won five gold medals at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, in October 2019, and became the most decorated gymnast in world championships history with 25 career world medals. Biles also completed two skills never performed by a [...]

Master’s Degree Alumnus Wayne Burley is Among Select Few Trained to Teach COBRA Defense System

2019-11-13T08:58:37-06:00November 13th, 2019|

Master’s degree holder Wayne Burley has one of the more unique jobs among the United States Sports Academy’s more than 5,000 graduates around the world. Burley is one of roughly 150 people in the world who are trained to teach the C.O.B.R.A. (Combat Objective Battle Ready Application) personal defense system. He earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports health and fitness management from the Academy in 1987. A sixth-degree black belt, Burley is the owner of Tri-County Martial Arts in Waynesburg, Ohio. The gym teaches personal self-defense courses, Karate, cardio kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and the C.O.B.R.A. system, among others. The C.O.B.R.A. system was created by a law enforcement officer in 2002 and follows a similar pattern used in police academies, but focuses on civilian safety. The system offers [...]

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2019-11-13T08:12:48-06:00November 13th, 2019|

The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Doctoral Graduate Dr. Angela Renee Morenz (Carlinville, Ill.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership emphasis Master’s Graduates Ashley Nicole Froelich (Seattle, Wash.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies Niul S. Manske (Portland, Ore.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies Bachelor’s Graduates Diane Christine Acarley-Sandall (Patrick AFB, Fla.) – B.S.S. Sports Management Jeremiah Addison Diedrich Putney (Tampa, Fla.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching

Dr. Keary Rouff Says Academy Degree Provided a Global Perspective of Sport

2019-11-12T16:41:32-06:00November 12th, 2019|

Dr. Keary Rouff said earning his doctoral degree from the United States Sports Academy helped him to see how sport is a global force and ultimately led to his current work in the higher education world. Rouff was recently hired as the program director for sport management and an assistant professor in the business department at Alfred State College in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. He earned his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management from the Academy in 2007. “The Academy gave me the opportunity to get out of my regional perspective,” Rouff said. “I grew up in the Pittsburgh (Pa.) area and earned my bachelor’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford and master’s degree at Duquesne, which is also in Pittsburgh. So the Academy really [...]

Academy Alumnus Adam Petway Promoted Within Philadelphia 76ers Organization

2019-11-12T16:29:38-06:00November 12th, 2019|

United States Sports Academy alumnus Adam Petway is one of many of the institution’s graduates who have reached the professional sports level after being promoted to Lead Biomechanist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. Petway previously worked as the 76ers strength and conditioning coach. In his new role, Petway will provide kinetic and kinematic assessment of 76ers players, while continuing to assist with the physical preparation of the athletes on a day-to-day basis. Petway joined the team prior to the start of the 2018-19 season and worked in the strength and conditioning department A native of Atlanta, Ga., Petway earned his Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 2015. For the previous five years, Petway served as the Director of Strength and [...]

Student of the Month Carmen Ward Eyes Physical Education Career After Earning Academy Degree

2019-11-12T16:16:17-06:00November 12th, 2019|

Studying sports management at the United States Sports Academy runs in the blood for Student of the Month Carmen Ward. Ward, of Pace, Fla., is pursuing her Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy. Her brother, Allen Ward, also earned his bachelor’s degree from the institution in 2015. “I studied somewhere else when I graduated from high school, but I always knew I wanted to do something in sports for my career,” Ward said. “I knew that my brother had a really good experience studying at the Academy, and of course he encouraged me to try it out. My experience has been wonderful so far.” Ward works as a paraprofessional at S.S. Dixon Intermediate School in her hometown of Pace, Fla. There, she serves as a [...]

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

2019-11-07T09:10:22-06:00November 7th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for October 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, 14 November 2019. Male nominees are Yuzuru Hanyu, figure skating, Japan; Eliud Kipchoge, athletics, Kenya; Noah Lyles, athletics, United States; Nikita Nagornyy, gymnastics, Russia; Stephen Strasburg, baseball, United States; and Deshaun Watson, football, United States. Female nominees are Minna Atherton, swimming, Australia; Simone Biles, gymnastics, United States; Sifan Hassan, athletics, the Netherlands; Brigid Kosgei, athletics, Kenya; Emma Meesseman, basketball, Belgium; and Salwa Eid Naser, athletics, Bahrain. Each month, the public is invited to [...]

Academy Finishes Sports Strength and Conditioning Certification Pilot Program with Thai Partners

2019-10-22T13:59:38-05:00October 22nd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy’s program to prepare strength and conditioning professionals for the preeminent certification examination in their field completed its important pilot program phase in October 2019. The Academy’s Sports Strength and Conditioning Certification (SSCC) pilot program is part of the institution’s efforts to develop a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) approved preparation program to help strength and conditioning professionals as they take their Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam – the preeminent certification of its kind, but the average pass rate for it is 56 percent, with international candidates passing at significantly lower rates. Academy chair of sports coaching,  Dr. Roch King, recently accompanied a group of sports professionals selected by the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) for the SSCC pilot to the NSCA headquarters [...]

Faculty Members Present at American Indian Higher Education Consortium Meetings in Minneapolis

2019-10-22T13:55:45-05:00October 22nd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy is making inroads to further expand its domestic sports education programs as members of its faculty recently made a presentation to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) in Minneapolis, Minn., in early October. Academy vice president of academic affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom and director of instructional design David Penrose were invited to attend and present to the AIHEC Athletic Commission, which is responsible for the governance of the 37 college and consortia based sports programs with the United States based Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). In their presentation, Wahlstrom and Penrose provided an overview of the Academy’s history of working with, recognizing, and supporting American Indian athletes as well as the institution’s involvement in helping to build professional and successful sport programs in some [...]

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Academy Partners with National High School Basketball Association to Provide Education to its Members

2019-10-22T10:40:55-05:00October 22nd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy will work with the National High School Basketball Association (NHSBA) to provide post-secondary, non-degree sports education programs to train the organization’s coaches, administrators, and coordinators in modern sports management techniques and coaching fundamentals. Through its Center for Professional Studies and Continuing Education (CPSCE), the Academy signed an agreement with the NHSBA to begin delivering sport education programs to the organization in early 2020. The NHSBA is a national non-profit organization founded in 2006 with the purpose of providing a safe haven to youth to develop physically, emotionally, and intellectually. The organization teaches young people practical life skills to help guide them through high school, college, or trade school. The NHSBA has chapters in seven cities in the United States, and the Academy would provide educational [...]

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