American Olympic gold medalists Kevin Durant and Sydney McLaughlin are the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month after their achievements on the world stage at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in August. . Durant earned MVP honors as Team USA won the Men’s Olympic Basketball Tournament at Tokyo 2020. Durant averaged 20.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists to lead the Americans to gold and scored 29 in the 83-76 finals win against France. McLaughlin broke her own world record and the Olympic record and won gold with a time of 51.46 seconds in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. McLaughlin held off compatriot Dalilah Muhammad, whose time of 51.58 would have also broken McLaughlin’s previous record of 51.90. McLaughlin was also part of the American [...]
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 Wiley C. Branch (Durant, Miss.) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Health & Fitness and Sports Medicine Derrick Burroughs (Villa Rica, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports Management Warren A. Patterson (Malone, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching Bachelor’s Graduates Rafael Gutierrez (Heartland, Texas) – B.S.S. Sports Strength & Conditioning, Magna Cum Laude Frederick A. Koeller (Warrensburg, Mo.) – B.S.S. Sports Management James E. Pressler (Emmaus, Pa.) – B.S.S. Sports Management, Recreation Management emphasis
Melody Webb made history when she was hired as the first female athletic director at Norfolk (Va.) State University in June 2020. Webb, the United States Sports Academy’s latest Student of the Month, is pursuing her Doctor of Education degree in sports management because of her previous connection to Academy 2011 Alumna of the Year Dr. China Jude. Webb met Jude – the current Denver Broncos Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and former collegiate coach and administrator – when they coached against each other in collegiate volleyball in previous jobs. “I knew China from my volleyball coaching days and she recommended the Academy as a good place to get my doctoral degree,” Webb said. “I want to use this degree to be able to teach in addition to [...]
2012 Alumnus of the Year Dr. Mark Janas is a Collegiate Cycling Coach, Inventor, Innovator and Writer
United States Sports Academy doctoral degree holder Dr. Mark Janas is the cycling coach at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, N.C. He’s also a prolific inventor, innovator and writer who has written extensively for the Academy’s Sport Digest blog. Janas is the founder of RevoRace.com, a virtual event and race management platform, and he uses his expertise in the field in his latest article titled “How to Build a Collegiate Virtual Sports Program.” The piece (read it here) covers everything you need to know about just virtual sports administration - from describing the difference between “virtual sport” and Esports to giving tips and pointers on getting your college’s virtual sports program off the ground. Janas, who earned his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management with a sports medicine emphasis [...]
An experienced lacrosse coach with more than a decade working in the collegiate ranks, United States Sports Academy graduate Emilia Ward is a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Michigan women’s lacrosse program. Ward earned her Master of Sports Science (M.S.S.) degree in sports coaching in 2014, while she worked in the field as head women’s lacrosse coach at Kalamazoo (Mich.) College. She is also the owner of Ward Lax LLC, a company hosting lacrosse camps and clinics across the country for a decade. Like many Academy students and graduates, Ward took advantage of the institution’s flexible scheduling options to continue working in the field while earning her degree. “The Academy helped me to gain my master’s degree while still working full time, allowing me to excel in the [...]
Brian Daccord Uses Academy Education in Prolific Career as Hockey Coach, Business Owner and Innovator
Brian Daccord has been involved in hockey at every stage of his life – playing, coaching, parenting, and in business – and at every level from youth to professional and international across three decades. Throughout his prolific career, Daccord has used what he learned in a United States Sports Academy class nearly every day. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Daccord earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 1993. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College, where he played goaltender for the Warriors hockey team. He played seven seasons of professional hockey in the Swiss National “A” league before working as an assistant coach at Merrimack, then Saint Anselm College before joining the NHL’s Boston Bruins as goaltending coach. Daccord is also the [...]
Worldwide online voting is now open for the United States Sports Academy’s August Athlete of the Month ballot, featuring 12 candidates from eight countries who made an impact in their sport during the month. 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, 9 September 2021. Male nominees are Kevin Durant, basketball, United States; Jakob Ingebrigtsen, athletics, Norway; Eliud Kipchoge, marathon, Kenya; Matt Turner, football (soccer), United States; Karsten Warholm, athletics, Norway; and Damian Warner, decathlon, Canada. Female nominees are Janja Garnbret, sport climbing, Slovenia; Nelly Korda, golf, United States; Sydney McLaughlin, athletics, United States; Yulimar Rojas, athletics, Venezuela; Nafissatou Thiam, heptathlon, Belgium; and Elaine Thompson-Herah, athletics, Jamaica. Each month, the public is invited to participate [...]
The United States Sports Academy recently recognized five employees for longevity and meritorious service during a ceremony on the school’s campus in Daphne, Ala. Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich presented a 10-year meritorious service award to finance coordinator Mindy Malinowski and five-year awards to student information systems coordinator Rich Frank, director of communications and marketing Eric Mann, director of recreation management and sports studies Dr. Sandra Geringer, and web master Corey Blake.
The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden, winner of the institution’s 1992 Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award and 2009 Distinguished Service Award. Bowden, the longtime head football coach at Florida State University, passed away in Tallahassee, Fla., on 8 August 2021 at age 91. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Bowden coached his teams to 377 wins in 40 seasons and turned Florida State into one of college football’s great dynasties with two national championships in 34 seasons there. His Seminoles won 12 Atlantic Coast Conference titles and won the national championship in 1993 and 1999.
United States Sports Academy 2003 Sport Artist of the Year Roald Bradstock, a two-time Olympian, recently took part in his fourth Olympic Games in Tokyo. Only this time, the javelin thrower did so as a painter working as an Olympian Artist in Residence as part of the first-ever Olympic Agora, a unique cultural hub in the host city. Bradstock’s art was part of a series created by current and past Olympians and a Paralympian who are “now renowned artists,” according to organizers. In addition to Bradstock, the Academy’s 2016 Sport Artist of the Year Gregory Burns also participated in the program. Burns is a world champion Paralympic swimmer who has won five gold and silver medals and broken four world records in three Paralympic Games. The Olympian Artists in Residence [...]
The United States Sports Academy recommenced the delivery of its International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) and International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) virtually in June 2021. The program culminated with a virtual closing ceremony in August. The post-secondary, non-degree programs, traditionally taught in person on the ground in Bangkok, were delivered 100 percent online in Zoom sessions throughout the summer. Approximately 60 Thai students - 30 in ICSM and 30 in ICSC - participated in the courses, which were delivered in five sessions. The sessions covered elite sports and athlete management, as well as sports coaching and management topics. The closing ceremony featured remarks from SAT Governor Dr. Gongsak Todmani and Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich. Sports education cooperation between [...]
After their impressive performances in the pool at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, American swimmers Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky were voted the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month for July. Dressel became just the fourth man in history to win five gold medals in a single Olympics after finishing with wins in the 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle, 4x100-meter freestyle and 4x100-meter medley events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in July. He broke his own world record in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 49.25 seconds and set Olympic records in both the 100-meter freestyle (47.02 seconds) and 50-meter freestyle (21.07 seconds). Ledecky won two gold and two silver medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in July. Ledecky won her third consecutive 800-meter freestyle Olympic gold [...]