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Djokovic, Halep Named United States Sports Academy July Athletes of the Month

2019-08-16T11:53:38-05:00August 16th, 2019|

After winning the prestigious Wimbledon tennis championship in London, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Romania’s Simona Halep have been named the United States Sports Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month for July. Djokovic won his fifth career Wimbledon title in an epic 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) battle against longtime rival Roger Federer of Switzerland. It was the first time a tiebreaker round was used to determine the Wimbledon winner. Djokovic has won 16 Grand Slam titles. Halep captured her second Grand Slam title with a 6-2, 6-2 win against American Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final. She became the first Romanian to win a Wimbledon singles title. The second place finisher on the men’s side was American swimmer Caeleb Dressel and third place went to [...]

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American Sport Art Museum & Archives Receives Unique Collection of Tennis Magazines and Books

2019-08-19T11:44:16-05:00August 16th, 2019|

Academy Library Director Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson inspects the tennis magazine collection that was recently donated to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives. The owners of an antique store in Ohio recently donated a unique collection of tennis magazines and books to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) on the campus of the United States Sports Academy. Priscilla and Greg Wilt of Sidney, Ohio, donated the collection of tennis magazines dating from 1974 through 2018 to ASAMA. The collection is not sequential, but instead the pieces follow the athletic careers of tennis stars through years of magazine feature photos and articles. Some of the all-time tennis greats are featured, including Andre Agassi, Bjorn Borg, Steffi Graf, Venus Williams, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and others. The [...]

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Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2019-08-13T11:49:34-05:00August 13th, 2019|

The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Master’s Graduates John Adamek (Moonachie, N.J.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies, with Highest Honors Sharon B. Mosley (Mobile, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Management, with Honors Matthew James Summer (Keaau, Hawaii) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Coaching and Sports Studies, Sports Psychology emphasis, with Honors Adrienne Wilson (Pensacola, Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies, with Honors

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Ray Canady Jr. Uses Academy Master’s Degree to Earn High School Athletics Administration Position

2019-08-13T11:47:55-05:00August 13th, 2019|

Veteran educator, administrator, coach and United States Sports Academy alumnus Ray Canady Jr. has been named the athletic director at Irmo High School in Columbia, S.C. Canady earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2004. He had served as the assistant athletic director at Irmo High School since 2017 and has worked as a social studies teacher there since 1994. He has also coached varsity baseball, junior varsity football and varsity football quarterbacks in his time at Irmo. “Irmo is home to me, and I’m so proud to serve in the role of athletic director,” said Canady. “With a new head football coach and years of athletic excellence to build on, it’s a great time to be a yellow jacket. We’re excited to [...]

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Sports Coaching Degree Alumnus Anthony Anderson Joins UTEP Women’s Basketball Staff

2019-08-13T11:46:42-05:00August 13th, 2019|

Anthony Anderson continues to rise up through the ranks of collegiate basketball coaching with the help of his master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy. Anderson was recently named assistant head coach and director of player development for the women’s basketball program at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching with an emphasis in NCAA compliance in 2013. “Anthony has worked very hard in his career to recruit and coach his way up the ladder,” UTEP head women’s basketball coach Kevin Baker said. “He is becoming known as one of the best and brightest young coaches in the country. Anthony is a relentless recruiter and has a proven track record of signing high quality players. He will be [...]

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Academy Alumnus Dr. John Lesaine Honored by South Carolina Black Pages

2019-08-13T11:44:24-05:00August 13th, 2019|

United States Sports Academy doctoral program alumnus Dr. John Lesaine has made his mark in the classroom and on the basketball court and is now being recognized for helping others in his home state of South Carolina. Lesaine was named as one of the Top 20 Under 40 by the South Carolina Black Pages, a business directory and reference guide. The honor is given each year to 20 men and women under age 40 who have achieved personal and professional success, have a record of community service and have given back to others through their time, talents, and donations. Lesaine is the assistant dean for student success and persistence at Newberry College in Newberry, S.C. He earned his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management from the Academy in 2015. [...]

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Student Work Judged by Academy Art Committee and Sport Artist of the Year Steven Lester

2019-08-09T08:02:25-05:00August 9th, 2019|

After being inspired by the renowned sport art collection at the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) on the campus of the United States Sports Academy, a handful of students from the Mobile, Ala., area created some award winning sport art of their own. The students – from the Rotary Youth Club, St. Paul’s Academy, and the National Charity League – created art inspired by their recent ASAMA visit. The art was displayed at the Eastern Shore Art Center (ESAC) in Fairhope at First Friday Art Walk to be judged by members of the Academy’s prestigious Art Committee. The Academy’s 2019 Sport Artist of the Year Steven Lester looks at sport art produced by local students with Academy Art Committee chair Nancy Raia and member Susan McCullough. [...]

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

2019-08-08T17:01:28-05:00August 8th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for July and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from eight countries comprise the list. Each month, the public is invited to participate in the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes and then voting online during the first week of every month. The online votes are used to guide the Academy selection committee in choosing the male and female monthly winners, who then become eligible for selection to the prestigious Athlete of the Year ballot. A worldwide public vote on the annual ballot is used to guide the committee in making the final selection. Everyone is encouraged to cast a [...]

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Academy Set to Teach International Sports Education Programs in the Philippines

2019-08-07T14:32:13-05:00August 2nd, 2019|

The Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) is preparing to receive the first of the United States Sports Academy’s faculty being sent to teach the first module of its International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program in Pasig City starting 19 August. The Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) signed a Protocol for Cooperation with the Academy in 2017 that started the planning process for the sport education programs to be taught by the Academy here. This event also marks the return of the institution’s international programs in the country since the Academy first taught certification programs here in the early 1980s. “I was among the Academy faculty tapped to teach our international certification programs in sports management and sports coaching in the island nation in the early 1980s, so to return is particularly [...]

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Academy Welcomes Thai Partners to Campus for Talks on Longstanding International Sports Certification Program

2019-07-23T15:01:24-05:00July 23rd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy recently hosted leaders from the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) as part of the institution’s longstanding partnership with that country to prepare students there for careers in sport. The SAT is Thailand’s Central Sport Organization (CSO) that oversees the entire national sports effort in that country. The Academy welcomed to its Daphne, Ala., campus a nine-member SAT delegation led by Deputy Governor for Administration Rashell Daiphontunya, Human Resources Director Somphorn Wannasiri, Policy and Planning Director Preecha Laloon, Sport Personnel Development Director Pasinee Pantumabumrung, and Coordinating Director Nittaya Kerdjuntuk. The group also included Sports Personnel Development Chief Piyawan Banjong, Sport Promotion Officer Phikulkaew Chanpeng, Public Relations Officer Pichet Suwannaphan, and Secretary to the Deputy Governor Nawarat Suwanich. This is the 14th consecutive year that the Academy [...]

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United States Sports Academy Faculty Leaders Represent Institution at ACBSP, WAAD Conferences

2019-07-23T13:31:23-05:00July 23rd, 2019|

Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom United States Sports Academy faculty members Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom and Dr. Carlos Tasso Aquino recently represented the institution at conferences for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the World Association of Academic Doctors (WAAD). Wahlstrom is the Academy’s vice president of academic affairs and Aquino is the executive director of the institution’s Center for Professional Studies and Continuing Education. The pair represented the Academy at the ACBSP conference in Houston, Texas, in June. Aquino was a featured speaker at the conference, where he presented on “Entrepreneur Education: The Future of Employment in Higher Education.” The Academy is a candidate for accreditation for the institution’s sports management program through ACBSP. The ACBSP is a leading organization offering accreditation services to business degree [...]

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Academy Faculty and Students Present at National Strength and Conditioning Conference

2019-07-23T11:45:28-05:00July 23rd, 2019|

Several members of the United States Sports Academy’s faculty attended the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) National Conference in Washington D.C., in July. Dr. Jason Williams, a teaching assistant and recent graduate of the Academy’s doctoral program, and faculty member Robert Herron took part in an oral presentation related to Williams’ doctoral dissertation “The potentiation effects of a sled-towing load corresponding to a 50% velocity decrement on subsequent sprint time in high-school soccer athletes.” Academy vice president of academic affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom also represented in the institution in an administrative capacity at the conference. Additionally, Herron was a part of six other oral- or poster presentations at the conference which explored topics related to NFL Combine performance, longitudinal body-composition tracking in NCAA Division 1 gymnasts, evaluation of low-frequency [...]

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