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Academy President Invited to Speak at National Sports Summit in the Philippines

2020-01-16T16:31:13-06:00January 17th, 2020|

Click the image to view the full invitation letter. United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich has been invited to speak at the National Sports Summit hosted by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in Manila in February 2020. Rosandich has been asked to provide his insights at the summit, which will cover the theme of “Sports Success from a First-World Perspective.” The Academy has a long history in the Republic of the Philippines. Rosandich recently participated as an official observer at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the country, invited by the PSC. The president’s invitation to speak at the National Sports Summit and his observations at the SEA Games come as the Academy is moving forward with an agreement with the PSC to [...]

Academy Master’s Degree in Sports Management Earns Top Honor in Ranking of Programs for Sport Administrators

2020-01-16T15:04:24-06:00January 16th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy’s online Master of Sports Science (M.S.S.) degree in sports management is once again earning accolades after being recognized as the top master’s degree for sport administrators in 2020. The institution’s master’s degree program in sports management was selected as the top of its kind by Online Schools Report, a website dedicated to providing students with simple, practical, and accurate information about available online programs. The Academy’s M.S.S. program was acclaimed by the site for its focus on preparing students for jobs in sports management at the local, collegiate, and professional levels. It was also recognized for its focus areas in NCAA rules and procedures, Olympic culture, and fundraising in sports. The Academy’s master’s in sports management degree earned the only 100% rating among 35 listed [...]

World Baseball Softball Confederation President Riccardo Fraccari Earns Academy’s Eagle Award

2020-01-15T08:14:05-06:00January 15th, 2020|

Because of his significant contributions to the growth of baseball and softball and his efforts to get both sports into the Olympics, World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) President Riccardo Fraccari has been named as the recipient of the United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Eagle Award. The Eagle Award is presented annually to a world leader in sport to recognize that individual’s contributions in promoting international harmony, peace, and goodwill through the effective use of sport. The recipient of this award must have tempered strength with keen judgment in using authority wisely as a means of bringing nations together through sport for the betterment of mankind. It is the Academy’s highest international honor. Fraccari will receive the Eagle Award at the Academy’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, 11 June 2020 on the institution’s [...]

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2020-01-14T11:29:25-06:00January 14th, 2020|

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. Wanyi Tang (Beijing, China) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Theory specialization, Sports Leadership emphasis, With Honors Dr. Chad Alan Payn (Shawnee, Okla.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership emphasis Dr. Aimee Vlachos (Kennebunkport, Maine) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Marketing emphasis Master’s Graduates Maya E. Brewer (San Francisco, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Health & Fitness, With Honors Donna S. Dixon (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Management Kevin McCarty (Garden Grove, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching Bachelor’s Graduate Jackson T. Flynn (Medford Lakes, N.J.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching, Magna Cum Laude

Student of the Month Jonathan Rosenberg Thankful for Flexibility of Academy’s Doctoral Program

2020-01-14T11:13:00-06:00January 14th, 2020|

Because of his dedication to learning and his successful mentorship program, doctoral degree candidate Jonathan Rosenberg was named the United States Sports Academy’s December 2019 Student of the Month. Rosenberg is the director of the sports management program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y. He is seeking his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management with an Olympism emphasis from the Academy. He is currently in the dissertation phase and attended the Academy’s inaugural Dissertation Writing Intensive Workshop last fall. “I chose the Academy because, first and foremost, I knew I would get a great education,” Rosenberg said. “But also, the Academy affords me the opportunity to work at my own pace. I work full time in education, so there are some days when I have [...]

Academy Alumna Dr. Linda Hilgenbrinck Serves Students with Adapted Needs in Denton, Texas, Independent School District

2020-01-14T13:17:09-06:00January 14th, 2020|

United States Sport Academy master’s degree alumna Dr. Linda Hilgenbrinck has spent almost her entire career helping young people with adapted needs through physical education, working at every level of education for more than 30 years. The 2012 National Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year, Hilgenbrinck earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports fitness and health management from the Academy in 1984 and holds a Ph.D. in adapted physical education from Texas Women’s University. She works as an Adapted Physical Education Specialist within the Denton (Texas) Independent School District (ISD), serving students with adapted needs in eight schools and at every age level from kindergarten through high school. “Even though I earned my master’s degree a while ago, I still use the things I learned from the [...]

Academy Alumnus Mike Leach Named Head Football Coach at Mississippi State

2020-01-14T10:54:14-06:00January 14th, 2020|

Mike Leach, a two-time national coach of the year and former United States Sports Academy Alumnus of the Year, was recently hired as the head football coach at Mississippi State University. Leach is known as the mastermind behind the “Air Raid” offense that has put up huge offensive numbers in his head coaching stops and Washington State and Texas Tech and also when he was an assistant coach at Kentucky. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in American studies and earning his Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law – where he originally planned to be an attorney – Leach decided to take a different career path as a football coach.  He earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the [...]

Los Angeles Rams Rehab Director Byron Cunningham Named United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Alumnus of the Year

2020-01-14T10:43:31-06:00January 14th, 2020|

In late October 2018, Byron Cunningham earned a promotion within the athletic training staff of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams organization. One year later, Cunningham was named the United States Sports Academy’s Alumnus of the Year for 2019. Cunningham is the director of rehabilitation and assistant athletic trainer for the Rams’ award winning training staff. He spent the previous eight seasons as a physical therapist and assistant athletic trainer for the Rams. A native of Mobile, Ala., Cunningham earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports medicine from the Academy in 2002. The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to the year’s most outstanding Academy graduate and the honoree must represent the ideals of sport and of the institution. “The Academy was the best of both worlds for [...]

Voting Opens for United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Athlete of the Year Awards

2020-01-03T13:17:02-06:00January 6th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is kicking off 2020 with one of the most competitive ballots ever for its annual Male and Female Athletes of the Year program. Voting is now open for the coveted award, which is part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport program that annually recognizes the top male and female athletes in the world. The ballot is open for voting here until 5 p.m. Central time on Friday, 17 January 2020. This year’s ballot includes 12 men and 12 women from 10 countries. Nominees for Male Athlete of the Year include: Johannes Thingnes Boe, biathlon, Norway; Joe Burrow, football, United States; Nathan Chen, figure skating, United States; Caeleb Dressel, swimming, United States; Eliud Kipchoge, marathon, Kenya; Kawhi Leonard, basketball, United States; Noah Lyles, track and field, [...]

Academy’s Sports Management Master’s Recognized in List of Top 30 Degree Programs

2019-12-23T14:34:05-06:00December 23rd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy’s online Master of Sports Science degree in sports management has been recognized as one of the top 30 best online sports management degrees by Online College Plan. More than 50 master’s-level online degree programs were studied for the list released by Online College Plan, a service created to assist parents and students in learning about their options for an online college education. The service’s team includes educators, parents, and students. The service lauded the Academy for its non-traditional offerings on a range of sports-specific topics and called the institution’s programs “top-notch” for the field of sports management. “While the main degree we’re highlighting here is the sports management degree, we know that sports management can take many forms,” Online College Plan wrote in a news [...]

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Academy Chair of Sports Coaching Dr. Roch King Serves on USA Swimming Club Development Committee

2019-12-19T08:11:29-06:00December 19th, 2019|

Dr. Roch King United States Sports Academy chair of sports coaching Dr. Roch King was recently reappointed to serve another year as a member of one of USA Swimming’s influential committees. King will serve as a member of the national swimming governing body’s Club Development Committee, which is charged with overseeing the growth and development of recreational and developmental USA Swimming-affiliated clubs around the country. The committee also works on policy development and serves as a liaison between clubs and USA Swimming. It also selects and hands out the governing body’s annual awards, the Club Excellence program. “It is important that Academy faculty members participate in boards and committees like this one because it shows that the institution has some skin in the game,” King said. “We are [...]

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Academy President Serves as Official Observer at SEA Games in the Philippines

2019-12-20T08:03:18-06:00December 19th, 2019|

Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich met with Salvador Medialdea - the Executive Secretary to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte - and Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez. United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich recently participated as an official observer at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines. The SEA Games are a biennial regional multi-sport event featuring athletes from 11 countries and close to 10,000 athletes from around Southeast Asia. The games are regulated by the Southeast Asian Games Federation and supervised by the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia. As an official observer invited by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Rosandich was tasked with attending multiple events at different sites in the Philippines. He has been invited to return [...]