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Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2020-03-10T11:39:08-05:00March 10th, 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 Eloise P. Miller (Portland, Ore.) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Management and Sports Coaching, With Honors Denise Romo (Turlock, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching, With Honors James B. Holbert (FPO, AE) – M.S.S. Sports Health and Fitness Jarvel M. Noble (Birmingham, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

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

2020-03-05T15:12:08-06:00March 5th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for February 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, 12 March 2020. Male nominees are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, football (soccer), Gabon; Johannes Thingnes Bø, biathlon, Norway; Mondo Duplantis, track and field, Sweden; Tyson Fury, boxing, England; LeBron James, basketball, United States; and Galen Rupp, marathon, United States. Female nominees are Chloe Dygert, cycling, United States; Sabrina Ionescu, basketball, United States; Therese Johaug, cross country skiing, Norway; Sofia Kenin, tennis, United States; Yulimar Rojas, track and field, Venezuela; and Abadel Yeshaneh, half marathon, Ethiopia. [...]

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Academy International Honorary Doctorate Honoree Muhyiddin Yassin Named Prime Minister of Malaysia

2020-03-02T15:41:09-06:00March 2nd, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy’s 2012 International Honorary Doctorate recipient and veteran Malaysian politician Muhyiddin Yassin was named that country’s prime minister this past Saturday (29 February). Yassin earned the Academy’s 2012 International Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his efforts to build his nation’s youth sports programs. Yassin was the serving Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and in that role directed the implementation of the “One Student – One Sport” initiative that aimed at fostering a vigorous sports program for the country’s youth. The Academy conferred the honorary doctorate degree upon Yassin during his visit to Daphne, Ala., in 2013. During the course of his visit Yassin visited local educational institutions including the Daphne High School campus and met with students from the school’s international baccalaureate program. [...]

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Academy Takes Next Steps Toward ACBSP Accreditation for Sports Management Programs

2020-02-20T14:38:06-06:00February 20th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is taking the next steps toward earning accreditation for its sports management degree programs from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), one of the world’s leading business school accreditors. In early 2019 the Academy became a candidate for accreditation from ACBSP, a leading organization offering accreditation services to business degree programs focused on teaching and learning. Becoming a candidate starts the accreditation process, and candidates must develop an action plan for meeting ACBSP’s standards and criteria. Last year the Academy hired a consultant to help guide the institution through the accreditation process. Recently, the Academy welcomed to campus ACBSP mentor Dr. Kathleen Cornett, who advised the institution on the accreditation process and reviewed data that had been collected by Academy faculty and staff [...]

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Chen, Shiffrin Named United States Sports Academy January Athletes of the Month

2020-02-17T15:33:02-06:00February 17th, 2020|

A pair of American winter sports superstars were named the United States Sports Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month for January. Figure skater Nathan Chen and alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin took home the Academy’s top honors after stellar performances in the month. The Academy’s reigning 2019 Male Athlete of the Year, Chen won his fourth consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championship after totaling 330.17 points and landing six quadruple jumps between two programs in Greensboro, N.C., on 26 January 2020. Chen is the first man to win four consecutive U.S. titles since Brian Boitano in 1988. Shiffrin recorded four World Cup podium finishes – two gold medals and two bronze medals – in January, winning the super-G and downhill races in Bulgaria and taking third place in slalom and [...]

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Academy Sends Faculty Members for Continuation of Sports Certification Programs in Thailand

2020-02-26T13:27:00-06:00February 12th, 2020|

Dr. Roch King For the 15th consecutive year the United States Sports Academy is continuing its international sports certification program to prepare students in Thailand for careers in sport. The Academy recently sent Chair of Sports Coaching Dr. Roch King and sports management instructor Jillian Rosandich to Bangkok to teach the post-secondary, non-degree programs to prepare people there for careers in coaching and related athletic professions. King taught advanced sports psychology, while Rosandich taught sports event planning. The Academy teaches the International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program in Thailand, which includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, and the International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM), a program that includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities. Jillian [...]

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Student of the Month Ciara Taylor Eyes Athletic Training Career with Academy Education

2020-02-11T11:31:31-06:00February 11th, 2020|

United States Sports Academy January 2020 Student of the Month Ciara Taylor said the institution’s flexible learning options have helped in her career as a high school athletic trainer in Birmingham, Ala. Taylor is in her third year in the Academy’s Doctor of Education degree program in sports management. She works as an athletic trainer for Oak Mountain (Ala.) High School through PlaySafe, a non-profit organization that provides essential sports medicine services to youth, community, and secondary schools in the Birmingham area. “The Academy has been great because it is so flexible,” Taylor said. “As a high school athletic trainer, almost all of my work is in the afternoons and evenings. The Academy allows me to do my school work in the mornings before I go to work. I can [...]

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Academy 1995 Alumnus of the Year Mike Behymer Joins Leadership Team for Marketing Firm True Media

2020-02-11T11:28:21-06:00February 11th, 2020|

Mike Behymer has worked at the upper levels of sports marketing, sales, and management and was the United States Sports Academy’s 1995 Alumnus of the Year for his work in Major League Baseball. Now, Behymer has embarked on a new venture as the Vice President for Client Development with True Media, a company in Kansas City, Mo., that specializes in media strategy and communications. Behymer earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 1987 worked as the marketing and sales director for Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals between 1989 and 1988. “I think the thing I appreciate the most from my Academy education was the great mentorship opportunity it provided to me,” Behymer said. “I was supposed to do my master’s degree internship [...]

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Olympian Vicky Bullett Says Academy Master’s Degree Boosted Coaching Career

2020-02-11T11:25:21-06:00February 11th, 2020|

Vicky Bullett has played basketball at every level imaginable. The West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) women’s basketball coach and United States Sports Academy graduate can even count the name “Olympian” among her many accomplishments on the court. Bullett is in her fourth season coaching WVWC’s Lady Bobcats, who compete at the NCAA’s Division II level. She earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 2015, having earned her degree while she coached and taught at Hagerstown Community College in Maryland. “The Academy was beneficial to me, and it especially helped me to become a head coach at the DII level,” Bullett said. “I was able to earn my master’s degree while continuing to work as a coach and teacher. The Academy taught me that, [...]

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

2020-02-06T15:24:40-06:00February 6th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for January and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates from eight 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, 13 February 2020. Male nominees are Giannis Antetokounmpo, basketball, Greece; Joe Burrow, football, United States; Nathan Chen, figure skating, United States; Scotty James, snowboarding, Australia; Rhonex Kipruto, athletics, Kenya; and Justin Thomas, golf, United States. Female nominees are Worknesh Degefa, marathon, Ethiopia; Marita Kramer, ski jumping, Austria; Madelene Sagstrom, golf, Sweden; Mikaela Shiffrin, alpine skiing, United States; Kelly Sildaru, freestyle skiing, Estonia; and Jennifer Valente, cycling, United States. Each month, the public is [...]

Greek Painter Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki Donates Silk Prints to ASAMA

2020-01-28T11:24:52-06:00January 28th, 2020|

Dr. Mina Valyraki Accomplished Greek painter Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki has donated several signed and numbered silk prints to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) on the campus of the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. Recognized as the Academy’s 2002 Sport Artist of the Year, Valyraki is known worldwide for her abstract expressionist paintings featuring a variety of subjects from athletes to automobiles. The artist’s donated silk prints depict red Ferrari automobiles, sailboats, and Olympic competition. They join a large assortment of other pieces from the artist on display at ASAMA, including her “Daphne and Apollo,” which is featured prominently in the museum’s main lobby. Valyraki’s pieces can be viewed across the globe in such locales as the National Gallery in Athens, the Olympic Museum [...]

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Academy Returns to Bahrain for Adaptive Sport Training Program

2020-01-27T16:38:15-06:00January 27th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is continuing its program to train physical education teachers and coaches in the Kingdom of Bahrain to meet the needs of athletes with adaptive needs. The Academy’s initial post-secondary, non-degree certificate program in disabled and adaptive sport in Bahrain graduated 223 students in the spring of 2019. Academy instructor Marty Floyd recently returned to the island nation in the Middle East to teach the program again this year for the Bahrain Sports Federation for Disabilities (BSFD). The Adaptive Sports program is a unique course of advanced study designed for coaches and physical education teachers who have or want to have experience working with athletes with varying degrees of adaptive needs. The program has a two-pronged approach that includes working with competitive athletes and developing inclusive programs [...]

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