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Academy Founder Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich Honored by Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

2020-08-07T15:22:52-05:00August 7th, 2020|

Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Founding President of the United States Sports Academy Academy founding president Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, a long-time leader in sport and sport education around the world, was recently selected as the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Commendation Award from the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Rosandich will be recognized for the honor at the 2021 Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Ceremony in Montgomery, Ala. The Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame has honored and recognized Alabamians aged 60 or older for their outstanding contribution to the lives of older members in their local communities since 1983. Those selected as Permanent Members of the Hall of Fame are formally honored and recognized for their selfless advocacy and dedication of service to others at [...]

Vote Now for the Academy’s Athlete of the Month for July

2020-08-06T15:04:08-05:00August 6th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is pleased to announce online voting is open for its Athlete of the Month ballot for the month of July, featuring 12 candidates from five countries who made an impact in their return to sport after a hiatus due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is encouraged to cast a vote. Voting will continue until 5 p.m. Central time on Thursday, 13 August 2020. Male nominees are Michail Antonio, football (soccer), England; Nick Castellanos, baseball, United States; Michael Norman, athletics, United States; Mauricio Ortega, discus, Colombia; Jon Rahm, golf, Spain; and T.J. Warren, basketball, United States. Female nominees are Ivona Dadic, heptathlon, Austria; Rachel Daly, football (soccer), England; Sylvia Fowles, basketball, United States; Shelby Houlihan, athletics, United States; Sandi Morris, pole vault, [...]

Academy Honoree Steven Lester Adds Jesse Owens Piece to Olympic-Themed Art Series

2020-07-28T09:40:08-05:00July 28th, 2020|

American painter Steven Lester will unveil a series of original Olympic-themed paintings during a solo exhibition at the prestigious Tokyo-American Club concurrent with the upcoming Summer Games in Tokyo in 2021. Known for his paintings that depict action sports themes that resonate with vibrant life and elicit a visceral and emotional response, Lester was named the United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Sport Artist of the Year. The artist’s latest series, titled “The Olympic Spirit,” depict the underdogs, scrappers and overcomers who defy the odds, deal with adversity, and make the impossible seem impossible. “While talent and technique are remarkable, the real contest is the test of the spirit – the divine spark – the ferocious fire that burns in the heart to be a true champion,” Lester said. “Champions may [...]

Academy Mourns Loss of Longtime USOC Communications Leader Mike Moran

2020-07-23T10:35:54-05:00July 23rd, 2020|

Mike Moran The Academy is mourning the loss of longtime United States Olympic Committee (USOC) communications leader, Academy honoree and friend Mike Moran, who passed away from complications related to pneumonia on 7 July 2020. Born in Omaha, Neb., in 1942, Moran served the USOC as its chief communications officer and principal spokesman from 1978-2003 and during the Olympic games starting in Lake Placid in 1980 through Salt Lake City in 2002. A friend of the Academy, Moran was instrumental in working with the institution to organize the U.S. Olympic Sport Art Competition, which the Academy hosted for four consecutive summer Olympic cycles between 2000 and 2012. He earned the Academy’s 2006 Distinguished Service Award for his lifetime of dedication to the Olympic movement in the United States. [...]

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Military Career Led to Student of the Month Diego Real’s Pursuit of Academy Bachelor’s Degree

2020-07-14T12:07:05-05:00July 14th, 2020|

Diego Real earned accolades for his work training young soldiers during his six-year stint as a Training Sergeant for the U.S. Army. In fact, many of his peers encouraged him to become a coach when he retired from the service. The United States Sports Academy’s latest Student of the Month, Real followed the advice from his peers and is pursuing a Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the institution. A native of Mexico and Iowa resident, Real hopes to use his Academy degree to become a soccer coach and aide the growth of the sport in the United States. “I would like to teach committed young people the skills I learned at the soccer academies in Mexico and other countries in order to improve the soccer culture [...]

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Academy Alumnus Rick Tice Working as Assistance Commissioner of Great Midwest Athletic Conference

2020-07-14T13:05:05-05:00July 14th, 2020|

United States Sports Academy master’s degree program alumnus Rick Tice joined the Great Midwest Athletic Conference as assistant commissioner in January of 2020. Tice earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 1989 at a time when the institution held on-campus instruction. He said the Academy’s well-rounded coursework and networking opportunities have been beneficial throughout his career in athletics coaching and administration. “My degree for the Academy has helped a tremendous amount throughout my career,” Tice said. “The education and experience from by time on campus was a great asset early in my career and gave me some opportunities to advance my career. My time on campus was a great experience early in my career. Good relative coursework, professors, and I was able to [...]

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Higher Education Leader Dr. Tessie Bradford Found Her Voice in Academy Doctoral Program

2020-07-14T12:01:53-05:00July 14th, 2020|

Dr. Tessie Bradford said her doctoral education from the United States Sports Academy helped her find her voice and led to her career as the Dean of Student Services at Lamar State College Port Arthur in Texas. A native of Mobile, Ala., Bradford earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management in 2009. She was introduced to student services work through her Academy doctoral mentorship at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Md. “In my mentorship I taught some sports management courses but I also worked with student athletes to help them be successful off the field in the classroom,” Bradford said. “It was there where I realized that I enjoyed working on the student affairs side of higher education. After that, my first education leadership role was at the [...]

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Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2020-07-14T11:51:49-05:00July 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. Jessica M. Thomas (Albany, Ga.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership emphasis Master’s Graduates Brian C. Roeder (Cornwall, NY) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Coaching and Sports Health and Fitness, graduation with honors George A. Efthymiou (Engomi, Cyprus) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching Clayton J. Sullivan (Knoxville, Tenn.) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Management and Sports Coaching

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

2020-07-01T15:43:16-05:00July 1st, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is pleased to announce the return of its online Athlete of the Month ballot for the month of June, featuring 12 candidates from seven countries who made an impact in their return to sport after a hiatus due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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, 9 July 2020. Male nominees are Crispin Duenas, archery, Canada; Denny Hamlin, auto racing, United States; Jakob Ingebrigsten, athletics, Norway; Dustin Johnson, golf, United States; Park Kun-woo, baseball, South Korea; and Karsten Warholm, athletics, Norway. Female nominees are Ashley Hatch, football (soccer), United States; Therese Johaug, athletics, Norway; Annimari Korte, athletics, Finland; Emily Pedersen, golf, Denmark; [...]

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Academy Faculty Member Jillian Rosandich to Participate in “Sports, Society, and Culture” International Symposium

2020-06-23T08:51:31-05:00June 23rd, 2020|

Jillian Rosandich United States Sports Academy sport management faculty member Jillian Rosandich has been accepted to attend and participate in the International Symposium “Sports, Society, and Culture” in December 2020. The symposium is co-sponsored by Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. and the International Olympic Academy (IOA), with support from Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece. The symposium brings together students and faculty from universities around the world for a scholarly exchange of ideas on sports, society, and politics. The event will be held online this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to lectures, the symposium places emphasis on the blended learning approach. Students will have access to a list of core readings in advance of the symposium. Presentations will be followed [...]

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Sport-Related Concussion Presentations by Academy Faculty Available Online through ACSM Virtual Conference

2020-06-23T08:43:50-05:00June 23rd, 2020|

Dr. Brandon Spradley The poster presentations tackling sport-related concussion issues crafted by a pair of United States Sports Academy faculty members were featured by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) at its recent virtual conference. Chair of Sports Management Dr. Brandon Spradley and exercise science faculty member Robert Herron had three abstracts accepted as poster presentations at the ACSM conference, which was held online instead of in person due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The presentations cover issues related to use of the King-Devick concussion test on high school athletes. Spradley is the lead author of the presentation titled “Between-Trial Reliability of the King-Devick Test in Female High School Athletes,” while Herron is the lead author of “Between-Trial Reliability of the King-Devick Test in Male High School [...]

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Academy Endorses Revised Sport Coaching Standards Set Forth by SHAPE America and USCCE

2020-06-23T08:33:05-05:00June 23rd, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy has endorsed the newly revised National Standards for Sports Coaches (NSSC) set forth by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and promoted by the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE). The 3rd edition of the NSSC is scheduled to be published in book form later this summer. The new SHAPE America standards include 42 standards such as athlete-centered coaching philosophy, long-term athlete development, unified vision in strategic planning, alignment with rules and regulations and needs of the community, and management of resources in a responsible manner. The new NSSC are organized into the seven core responsibilities of sports coaches which closely align with both the International Sports Coaching Framework and the Quality Coaching framework from the United States Olympic Committee. The [...]

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