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Graciela Steidley’s Academy Degree Opened Door to College Softball Head Coach Position

2021-04-13T14:46:42-05:00April 13th, 2021|

Graciela Steidley has more than 20 years of experience coaching softball at the high school and collegiate levels, but her bachelor’s degree from the United States Sports Academy ultimately helped her land her first collegiate head coaching position. Steidley holds a Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports studies from the Academy. She was recently hired as the head softball coach at the University of Antelope Valley (UAV) in Lancaster, Calif. “My education with United States Sports Academy helped my career by opening doors that were not possible prior to earning my degree,” Steidley said. “Prior to applying at the Academy, I was complacent with being an assistant coach and not looking to advance my education. It wasn’t until my daughter was injured and I had to watch her dreams [...]

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Summer 2020 Semester Honor Roll Students

2021-04-13T14:37:44-05:00April 13th, 2021|

United States Sports Academy students who excelled during the Summer 2020 semester were honored by being included on the President’s List and Dean’s List. Those on the President’s List had a grade-point average of 4.0. Undergraduates on the Dean’s List had a grade-point average of 3.4-3.99, while graduate students on the Dean’s List had a grade-point average of 3.8-3.99. Doctoral President’s List Jared M. Bonvillain Emily J. Hall Jillian L. Rosandich Amy T. Stell Cheryl L. Tabone Ciara L. Taylor Jordan M. Vann Doctoral Dean’s List Nicole Daurio Miguel Garcia Almira Titre-Barnor Steven Wachs Master’s President’s List Sherri Branscombe Alison Daehling Anna Howey Adcock David H. Hubbart Cariana Karugireyo Nigel Mullan John J. Pantuosco James Poston Alexander Shortall Stephan Swimmer Master’s Dean’s List Aaron Ainsworth Brooke Alf Mark Bell John [...]

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Student of the Month John Pantuosco Pursues Longtime Dream of Graduate Education

2021-04-13T11:21:02-05:00April 13th, 2021|

John Pantuosco has more than 30 years of experience as a teacher and coach at high schools in the Longmeadow, Mass., area. After watching his four adult children earn graduate degrees of their own, Pantuosco decided to follow in their footsteps by seeking his own master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy. The Academy’s latest Student of the Month, Pantuosco said pursuing his Master of Sports Science (M.S.S.) degree in sports studies fulfilled one of his longtime dreams. “I watched all four of my adult kids surpass me with their own graduate degrees and I was just so proud of them,” Pantuosco said. “I always said I would do the same thing one day, and now thanks to the Academy I am doing it. It is something I always [...]

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Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2021-04-13T11:11:46-05:00April 13th, 2021|

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 Graduate Dr. Robert E. Estrada (Torrance, Calif.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, sports coaching emphasis, sports leadership specialization Dr. Lizette Goodloe (San Antonio, Texas) – Ed.D. Sports Management Master’s Graduates Nicholas D. Hastings (N. Richland Hills, Texas) – M.S.S. Sports Management, with highest honors Tyler J. Naunton (Baltimore, Md.) – M.S.S. Sports Management, with honors Bachelor’s Graduates Derrick A. Speas (Clemmons, N.C.) – B.S.S. Sports Strength & Conditioning, magna cum laude Steven B. Dirksen (Dover, Del.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching, cum laude Jason H. Cauley (Fountain, Colo.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching Kainan A. Justiniano (Woodbourne, N.Y.) – [...]

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

2021-04-08T15:55:48-05:00April 8th, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy is pleased to announce online voting is open for its Athlete of the Month ballot for the month of March, featuring 12 candidates from seven countries who made an impact in their sport during the month. Everyone is encouraged to cast a vote. Voting will continue until 5 p.m. Central time on Thursday, 15 April 2021. Male nominees are Nathan Chen, figure skating, United States; Mondo Duplantis, pole vault, Sweden; Billy Horschel, golf, United States; Kelechi Iheanacho, football (soccer), Nigeria; Jakob Ingebrigtsen, athletics, Norway; and Tadej Pogačar, cycling, Slovenia. Female nominees are Maame Biney, speed skating, United States; Jessie Diggins, cross-country skiing, United States; Yang Jiayu, race walking, China; Chloe Kim, snowboarding, United States; Anna Shcherbakova, figure skating, Russia; and Claressa Shields, boxing, United States. [...]

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Academy’s Robert Herron Presenting Abstract on Wheelchair Basketball at 2021 ACSM Virtual Conference

2021-03-23T11:26:41-05:00March 23rd, 2021|

Robert Herron The 2021 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting and World Congress will feature a presentation of an abstract prepared by United States Sports Academy faculty member Robert Herron. The ACSM meeting will be held online in June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Herron collaborated with scholars from Pacific Lutheran University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the abstract, titled “Tire Pressure’s Impact on Physiological and Performance Variables in Wheelchair Basketball Players.” The project investigated how wheelchair-tire pressure impacted physiological and performance variables in wheelchair basketball drills. Participants completed three experimental trails during which their wheelchair’s tire pressure was set at one of three levels. During each visit the participants completed a battery of common wheelchair basketball performance tests or [...]

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Academy Hosts ACBSP Accreditation Team for Virtual Site Visit

2021-03-23T16:12:47-05:00March 23rd, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy took the next step toward earning accreditation for its sports management degree programs after hosting a virtual site visit for a team 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. Following the recommendations from its ACBSP consultant Dr. Carlos Aquino and the completion of a self-study, the Academy welcomed an accreditation team [...]

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United States Sports Academy Ranked Among Alabama’s Best Universities by Intelligent.com

2021-03-18T09:36:45-05:00March 18th, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy continues to earn praise for its sports education programs after being recognized as one of the top ranked colleges in the state of Alabama by Intelligent.com. According to the Academy’s Intelligent.com listing, the institution was also recognized as being the best school for sports education. In addition, its Master of Sports Science (M.S.S.) degree in sports management was ranked among the top 10 sports management graduate degrees in the country by the same site. For more information about the rankings and Intelligent.com, click here. For information about the Academy’s M.S.S. degree in sports management, click here. The Intelligent.com 2021 rankings were calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment, and leading third-party evaluations. Intelligent.com analyzed hundreds of schools with [...]

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Academy Provost and Center Director Named SportEdTV Contributors

2021-03-18T09:29:56-05:00March 18th, 2021|

A pair of United States Sports Academy academic leaders have been named contributors to SportsEdTV, a leading online resource for free video instruction, coaching education, and blog posts about the profession of sport. Academy provost Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom was named a senior contributor for the platform, serving its audiences of coaches, league executives, sports strategic planners, and managers. “Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom is a multilingual, multicultural academic leader with expertise in teaching, business, academic management, consulting, and clinical human services and applies them in the sports world, a community we are pledged to serve,” said Robert Mazzucchelli Founder and Chairman of SportsEdTV. “SportsEdTV is missioned as the worldwide leader in FREE online sports instruction having a contributor with the sports education credentials of Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom enhances our position there,” added [...]

Americans Tom Brady, Jordan Chiles Named United States Sports Academy February Athletes of the Month

2021-03-16T10:12:22-05:00March 16th, 2021|

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and American gymnast Jordan Chiles earned the United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Month honors for February. Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for the fifth time in his career after leading the Buccaneers to a 31-9 win against the Kansas City Chiefs on 7 February 2021 in Tampa, Fla. Brady completed 21 of 29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns with a 125.8 passer rating in the win, his NFL record seventh championship. Chiles won the women’s all-around title with a total score of 57.050 at the Winter Cup in Indianapolis on 27 February 2021. In addition to the all-around title, Chiles posted the high score on vault (14.900), balance beam (14.500), and floor exercise (13.600) in her senior level debut. [...]

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Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2021-03-09T15:43:46-06:00March 9th, 2021|

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 Graduate Dr. Karla K. Gavin (Fayette, Iowa) – Ed.D. Sports Management, sports leadership emphasis, with honors Master’s Graduates John J. Pantuosco (Somers, Conn.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies, with honors

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Soccer Coach Adrian Clewlow Says Academy Master’s Degree Provided Thorough Education ‘Without Walls’

2021-03-11T09:48:32-06:00March 9th, 2021|

Sport is in Adrian Clewlow’s blood. He’s a longtime soccer player at the youth, high school, collegiate, and professional levels and the son of a professional soccer player in England. As a soccer player at the University of Richmond in the mid-1990s, Clewlow was a four-year starter and two-year captain for the Spiders. Clewlow also holds a Master of Sports Science (M.S.S.) degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy. A two-time All-South Regional All-American player for Richmond, Clewlow recently returned to the school as an assistant women’s soccer coach. A native of Dover, England, Clewlow earned his M.S.S. degree while working as associate dean of students, assistant athletic director and head boys’ soccer coach at the Winchendon School, a preparatory boarding school in Massachusetts. “While I was [...]

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