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Recent Sports Coaching Bachelor’s Graduates Are First Under NCACE Accreditation

2020-05-12T13:19:48-05:00May 12th, 2020|

Three recent sports coaching bachelor’s degree students are the first to graduate from the United States Sports Academy under the program’s new comprehensive accreditation from the National Committee for the Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE). The NCACE accreditation, working under the auspices of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE), signifies that the Academy’s Bachelor of Sports Science degree in Sports Coaching is aligned with the National Standards for Sports Coaches (NASPE, 2006) and the NCACE Guidelines for program supervision, personnel, and operations. The Academy’s first sports coaching bachelor’s graduates under the new accreditation are Seng Thao of Green Bay, Wisc.; Wilson A. Ramos of Hamilton, N.J.; and Jared Shawn Hafen of Killeen, Texas. All Academy sports coaching bachelor’s graduates will receive an NCACE certificate to go along with [...]

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Student of the Month Cory Baker Using Academy Education in Community Event Effort

2020-05-12T09:01:41-05:00May 12th, 2020|

Cory Baker is a high school basketball coach trying to bring people in his community together through the sport. The United States Sports Academy’s Student of the Month, Baker is using what he’s learned in his Bachelor of Sports Science degree program to aide his efforts in organizing a Hoop it Up basketball tournament in the Winston-Salem, N.C., area. Baker is pursuing his Academy bachelor’s degree in sports management. He said his courses on fundraising in sports and sports marketing and promotions have been beneficial in his quest to help his community. Baker – the head junior varsity basketball coach at Parkland (N.C.) Magnet High School – is organizing the Hoop it Up tournament as his degree program mentorship. The 3x3 basketball tournament for all ages is currently scheduled for [...]

Academy Grad Lorenzo Canalis Retires After Storied Coaching Career at Berry College

2020-05-12T09:00:01-05:00May 12th, 2020|

United States Sports Academy master’s degree holder Lorenzo Canalis, the winningest women’s soccer coach in Berry College history, recently announced his plan to retire after 25 seasons leading the Vikings on the pitch. A native of Torino, Italy, Canalis earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 1991. He served as the Vikings’ women’s soccer coach since 1995 and amassed a 322-137-37 record. He coached 39 All-Southern Athletic Association (SAA) selections, 130 SAA Academic Honor Roll honorees, a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, and led the team to a 2014 Southern Athletic Association regular-season championship. He was also named the SAA's Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Like many of the Academy’s degree holders and students, Canalis studied with the institution while he [...]

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Academy’s Bachelor’s Degree in Strength and Conditioning Recognized by Learn.org

2020-05-07T13:35:31-05:00May 7th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy continues to be recognized as a leader in online education now that its Bachelor of Sports Science degree in Sports Strength and Conditioning has been named one of the top online exercise science degrees in the country. The organization Learn.org ranks online programs using data from the schools themselves as well as the U.S. Department of Education and other sources. The data is weighed based on quality, cost, value, and other factors to determine rankings. The Academy’s Bachelor of Sports Science degree in Sports Strength and Conditioning was ranked in the top 8 of similar programs around the country. The Academy’s online bachelor’s degree in strength and conditioning aims to arm students with a foundational knowledge informed by up-to-date research. Students are taught to think [...]

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A Note About the Academy’s April Athlete of the Month Ballot

2020-05-05T13:45:54-05:00May 5th, 2020|

Among the fun things that occurs at the United States Sports Academy is the monthly convening of the Academy Awards of Sport Selection Committee to select candidates for the monthly Athlete of the Month ballot. This committee, comprised primarily of Academy faculty, meets to review, debate (sometimes heatedly) and otherwise consider athlete sport performances from virtually every sport imaginable and every corner of the globe. In many ways the process is a reaffirmation for the faculty of the Academy as an educational institution dedicated to the profession of sports! Once the monthly ballot of six males and six females has been selected, it is distributed through an email distribution list numbering more than 15,000 individuals so they can weigh-in for the final selection. The winners on the monthly ballot go [...]

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Academy and ProFTraining Launch Coaching Development Programs in Finland

2020-04-24T14:09:04-05:00April 24th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy and ProFTraining Finland are set to launch cutting edge, professionally developed and delivered coaching education programs in Finland to help students there prepare for careers in the global sports industry. The multi-tiered post-secondary, non-degree International Sports Coach Development Curriculum is designed by sports industry experts to provide the appropriate technical, tactical, and interpersonal knowledge and experiences at three distinct milestones on the coach development pathway. The curriculum features three tiers: the Lead Coach Development Program (LCDP), the Head Coach Development Program (HCDP), and the National Coach Development Program (NCDP). The curriculum meets the standards of the International Sports Coaching Framework (ISCF) developed by the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF). The LCDP is designed for students [...]

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Brian Fox Named United States Sports Academy’s 2020 Sport Artist of the Year, Painter

2020-04-21T09:27:10-05:00April 21st, 2020|

Brian Fox is the Academy’s 2020 Sport Artist of the Year, Painter Because of his meticulous attention to detail and uncanny ability to capture the iconic expressions of his larger-than-life subjects, nationally renowned painter Brian Fox has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2020 Sport Artist of the Year, Painter. A resident of Somerset, Mass., Fox specializes in painting the world’s greatest legends in sports and music. Fox has painted some of the biggest icons of our time, including the late Jackie Robinson, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, actor Johnny Depp, boxer Muhammad Ali, baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter and soccer superstar Pele. The Sport Artist of the Year award presentation is part of the institution’s annual Academy’s Awards of Sport [...]

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2020-04-14T11:08:13-05:00April 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. Master’s Graduates Nicholas K. Entas (Huntersville, N.C.) - M.S.S. Sports Management Matthew C. Mendonca Jr. (Visalia, Calif.) - M.S.S. Sports Studies Bachelor’s Graduate Seng Thao (Green Bay, Wisc.) - B.S.S. Sports Coaching

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Student of the Month Daniel Kane Eyes Boost in Education Career with Academy Doctoral Degree

2020-04-14T11:04:30-05:00April 14th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy’s student of the Month Daniel Kane said he’s looking forward to earning his doctoral degree and using it to progress through the ranks of the teaching profession in higher education. Kane is a faculty member in the department of tourism and hospitality at Kingsborough Community College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system in Brooklyn. Kane, an Academy Doctor of Education degree student, discovered the institution on the recommendation of alumnus and national faculty member Dr. Anthony Borgese, who is the chair of Kane’s department at Kingsborough. “I found out about the Academy from Dr. Borgese when I taught an introduction to sports management course with him,” Kane said. “I couldn’t be happier with the result. The Academy is the best program [...]

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Academy Alumna Dr. Monique Carroll Hired as Athletic Director at Huston-Tillotson University

2020-04-14T10:58:32-05:00April 14th, 2020|

An experienced collegiate athletics administrator with more than a decade of work on her resume, United States Sports Academy alumna Dr. Monique Carroll was recently hired to lead the athletic programs at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. Carroll earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2012 before earning her doctoral degree in sports management from Northcentral University. A native of New Boston, Texas, Carroll previously served as Deputy Athletic Director for Internal Operations and Senior Woman Administrator at South Carolina State University. In that role, she served as the sport administrator for 10 sports. In addition to serving as a sport administrator, Carroll oversaw various units including, business operations, compliance, academics, strength and conditioning, sports medicine, ticketing, sports information, and game day operations. [...]

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‘Servant-Leadership’ Advocate Dr. Marty Durden Takes Over High School Athletic Department in Georgia

2020-04-14T11:21:05-05:00April 14th, 2020|

United States Sports Academy doctoral degree holder Dr. Marty Durden is taking his brand of “servant-leadership” and nearly five decades of athletic leadership to a new position at Calvary Christian School in Columbus, Ga. Durden earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2016 and has written extensively about the “servant-leader” model of coaching, including in a 2019 Sport Digest piece titled “The Call for a Higher Standard Than Winning.” Durden is the new athletic director at Calvary Christian School in Columbus, Ga. Durden is a veteran coach whose teams have won state championships in basketball, baseball, football, and golf over the span of nearly five decades. He previously worked as the athletic director at Presbyterian School in Houston, and has also has worked as [...]

American Gymnasts Mikulak and Hurd Named United States Sports Academy March Athletes of the Month

2020-04-10T11:22:53-05:00April 10th, 2020|

A pair of American gymnasts were named the United States Sports Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month for March. Sam Mikulak and Morgan Hurd took home the Academy’s top honors after stellar performances during the month. Mikulak finished in first place in parallel bars and floor exercise and won gold in the all-around competition at the American Cup in Wisconsin on 7 March 2020. Mikulak won the all-around with 85.322 points after finishing in the top 4 in every event. Hurd won the women’s all-around title at the American Cup in Wisconsin on 7 March 2020. Hurd finished first in the uneven bars, second in the floor exercise and third in bars and beam to secure the all-around title. The second place finisher on the men’s side was [...]

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