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Drew Richards Hired to Coach Men’s Basketball at Lander University

2019-04-09T11:58:10-05:00April 9th, 2019|

After being named one of the top assistant basketball coaches in the country last year, United States Sports Academy alumnus Drew Richards has been hired as the head men’s basketball coach at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. Richards was ranked as one of the best assistant coaches in NCAA Division II by CoachStat.net, a website that uses analytical data to compile a comprehensive ranking of men’s basketball coaches in a variety of categories, for his work as associate head coach at the University of North Carolina Pembroke (UNCP). He was hired by Lander University in March 2019. Richards earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Missouri State University, where he was a four-year [...]

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Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for March

2019-04-04T10:42:36-05:00April 4th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for March and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from four 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’s Adaptive Sports Certificate Program in Bahrain Graduates 223 Students

2019-03-26T13:56:02-05:00March 26th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy’s program to train physical education teachers and coaches in the Kingdom of Bahrain to meet the needs of athletes with adaptive needs has culminated with 223 students completing the program. Academy National Faculty member Marty Floyd traveled to the island nation in the Middle East three times since June 2018 to teach the post-secondary, non-degree certificate program in disabled and adaptive sport 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 for recreational athletes. The program has [...]

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Academy Continues Sport Certification Program in Thailand for 14th Consecutive Year

2019-03-26T09:49:25-05:00March 26th, 2019|

For the 14th consecutive year the United States Sports Academy will continue its international certification program to provide advanced sport education to prepare students in Thailand for careers in sport. The post-secondary, non-degree programs in Bangkok are designed to prepare people in Thailand for careers in coaching and related athletic professions. The International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, while the International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities. Each year under the program approximately 100 students are drawn from the Sport Authority of Thailand (SAT) and its affiliated sport organizations around the country to attend the certification programs -- typically 50 for each certification. Following the [...]

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Academy’s Sports Coaching Master’s Degree Earns ‘Best Degree Program’ Designation

2019-03-26T09:38:44-05:00March 26th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy’s master’s degree program in sports coaching has been ranked as one of the top of its kind by OnlineMasters.com, an industry-leading educational research organization. The Academy was featured in the organization’s Best Online Master’s in Sports Coaching Programs list for 2019, which identified the top programs in the nation that are the best in the areas of curriculum quality, program flexibility, affordability, and graduate outcomes. For information about the Academy’s master’s degree programs, visit: https://ussa.edu/academics/master-sports-science/ The Academy also earned the organization’s “Best Mentorship Option” designation for its mentorship program, which gets students away from the books and computer and into the office, onto the field or court, analyzing video, crunching statistics, managing facilities, promoting events and any number of activities. The mentorship provides students with [...]

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Academy Welcomes ACBSP Accreditation Consultant to Campus

2019-03-26T10:02:08-05:00March 26th, 2019|

Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich and ACBSP accreditation consultant Carlos Aquino.  The United States Sports Academy has begun the formal process of attaining accreditation for its sports management program through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The ACBSP is 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. In order to meet the ACBSP accreditation standards the Academy has hired a consultant who will guide the institution through the process. The Academy welcomed its ACBSP consultant Carlos Aquino to campus for his initial visit with its ACBSP Accreditation Committee, which consists of members of the institution’s faculty. [...]

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Paralympic Champion Skier, Navy Veteran Dan Cnossen Earns Academy’s 2018 Samaranch IOC Disabled Athlete Award

2019-04-23T10:31:55-05:00March 26th, 2019|

Dan Cnossen with Award Former Navy SEAL platoon commander and current United States Paralympic champion skier Dan Cnossen has been named the winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2018 Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC President’s Disabled Athlete Award. Cnossen won gold in the 7.5km biathlon at the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and became the first American male and second American ever to claim a gold medal in any biathlon event in either the Olympics or the Paralympics. Cnossen also took silver in the men's 15km cross-country sitting skiing, 12.5km biathlon sitting, 15km biathlon sitting and 7.5km cross-country sitting. He also won bronze in the 1.1km cross-country sprint sitting event. A native of Topeka, Kansas, Cnossen is a double-amputee after being injured by an improvised explosive device while [...]

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Blunck, Sildaru Named United States Sports Academy February Athletes of the Month

2019-03-18T16:01:07-05:00March 18th, 2019|

A pair of freestyle skiers have swept the United States Sports Academy’s contest for February Male and Female Athlete of the Month. American skier Aaron Blunck won the men’s award while Estonian Kelly Sildaru won the women’s award for the second consecutive month. Blunck defended his world halfpipe title at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Snowboard, Freestyle Ski and Freeski World Championships in Utah on 9 February 2019. Blunck scored 94.20 on his final run and successfully held off French veteran Kevin Rolland for the title. Sildaru, 16, became the youngest freestyle skiing halfpipe world champion of all time when she won gold in the event at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships in Utah on 10 February 2019. Sildaru completed the first-ever switch 1080 [...]

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Congratulations to our recent graduates, who hail from across the country.

2019-03-13T10:56:56-05:00March 13th, 2019|

Editor’s note:  Since students of the United States Sports Academy are able to complete their coursework and degree requirements on their own schedule, the Academy throughout each month immediately awards degrees to students who complete requirements. Students are not required to wait to the end of a semester or term to receive their degrees. The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Bachelor’s Graduates Vanessa Buschur (Abilene, Texas) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching, Cum Laude Daniel Aregai (Mountain View, Calif.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching Jesse Tapia (Crystal City, Texas) – B.S.S. Sports Studies Master’s Graduates Suzanne Messier (Essex Junction, Vt.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies, With Honors Alex Miranda (Tulsa, Okla.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching, With Honors Zachary Smith (Grand Rapids, Mich.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies, With Honors [...]

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In Memoriam: Academy Mourns Passing of Alumnus Glenn Martinez, a Longtime California Coach, Administrator and Educator

2019-03-13T10:39:57-05:00March 13th, 2019|

Glenn Martinez The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of master’s program alumnus Glenn Martinez, a longtime sports administrator, coach and educator in the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California. Martinez died 1 March, 2019, at age 63 after a battle with cancer. Martinez earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2008. He had served as the assistant commissioner for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) - Southern Section since 2011. In that role, Martinez oversaw football, baseball, and boys and girls wrestling. Prior to working at CIF, Martinez worked as vice principal of student services and athletics at Charter Oaks High School in Covina, Calif. He is also known for his 19-year tenure as athletic director, head baseball coach [...]

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Academy Graduate Wallace Leads Adaptive Physical Education Program at Lee Central High School

2019-03-13T10:52:26-05:00March 13th, 2019|

Lee Central High School coach and teacher George Wallace said the United States Sports Academy’s flexible scheduling and option to continue working in the sports field while learning benefited his family and career. Wallace earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2000. He teaches adaptive physical education to students with special needs at Lee Central in Bishopville, S.C. Like many other Academy graduates, Wallace was able to work as an educator and coach while earning his degree. “I have been appreciative through the years for the Academy and the opportunity it afforded me,” Wallace said. “The opportunity to advance my education without having to alter or stop my job and family responsibilities was very important to me then and would be very important [...]

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Academy 2018 Alumnus of the Year Scott Novack Part of Successful Run for USA Rugby

2019-03-13T10:53:53-05:00March 13th, 2019|

United States Sports Academy 2018 Alumnus of the Year Scott Novack has played a major role for USA Rugby as the team he manages recently began a historic run and set its sights on Olympic qualification. Novack, a Colorado native, is the program operations manager for USA Rugby’s Men’s Eagles Sevens team, which recently recorded five consecutive podium finishes – including one championship – in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series. The U.S. is the only team to reach the medal round in all five tournaments this season. The team is in first place in the world rugby sevens standings and at the end of the season, the top four teams earn berths to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Novack is a nationally acclaimed sports administrator and high performance director. [...]

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