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Troy Basketball Assistant Jermaine Johnson Learned How to Lead in Academy Bachelor’s Program

2019-10-08T13:19:55-05:00October 8th, 2019|

Collegiate men’s basketball assistant coach Jermaine Johnson said he learned how to be a transformational leader while earning his bachelor’s degree from the United States Sports Academy. Johnson was recently hired by Troy (Ala.) University as an assistant to head coach Scott Cross. He previously spent five seasons as an assistant coach – then associate head coach – at the University of Tennessee-Martin. Johnson said the Academy taught him to take a holistic view of coaching, to see the job as a collection of pieces and parts that are intimately connected. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 2007. “I appreciated that the Academy was so focused on the details,” Johnson said. “The curriculum was detail oriented and focused on methodology, and [...]

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

2019-10-03T08:56:39-05:00October 3rd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for September and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates from six 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, 10 October 2019. Male nominees are Kenenisa Bekele, running, Ethiopia; Gerrit Cole, baseball, United States; Christian Coleman, track and field, United States; Patrick Mahomes, football, United States; Rafael Nadal, tennis, Spain; and Errol Spence Jr., boxing, United States. Female nominees are Bianca Andreescu, tennis, Canada; Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, track and field, Jamaica; Adeline Gray, wrestling, United States; Alysa Liu, figure skating, United States; Carolina Marin, badminton, Spain; and Volha Silkina, pentathlon, Belarus. Each month, [...]

Academy Mourns Loss of Longtime Administrator Dr. Nabil Elattar

2019-09-24T14:04:24-05:00September 24th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of longtime administrator and friend Dr. Nabil Elattar, who passed away recently at age 84. Elattar played a significant role in the marketing and program administration of the Academy’s sport education programs in the Middle East. Elattar worked for the institution in an administrative role in Saudi Arabia for more than a decade playing an important role in client relations and public relations. Elattar also worked throughout the Arabian Gulf region and with his knowledge of Arabian culture, played an important role in implementing the Academy’s sports and physical fitness programs in the countries in which the Academy worked. Elattar will be fondly remembered and missed by everyone at the Academy.

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Academy Launches Sports Management Program with Partners in Finland

2019-09-24T08:56:25-05:00September 24th, 2019|

Pictured are Proftraining Finland’s Atte Varsta (front) with International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) students and Varala Sports Institute Director Juha Antikainen, right. Students and Academy faculty are also pictured participating via an online teleconference. The Finnish Varala Sports Institute and Proftraining Finland recently launched the United States Sports Academy’s International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) in Finland to help students in that country train for careers as sport professionals. Coursework for the ICSM is offered in English, online, under the guidance of Academy instructors. At the end of the coursework, a symposium will be held in Finland. As with all Academy programs, students will be able to study while continuing to work full-time in their profession. Academy Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlström said the [...]

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Academy Training Strength and Conditioning Professionals for Master’s Degree Program and Certification Exams

2019-09-24T09:21:42-05:00September 24th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy is taking strides to provide a training program to prepare strength and conditioning professionals for the preeminent certification exam in their field. The Academy is working to develop a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) approved preparation program to help strength and conditioning professionals as they take their Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam - the preeminent certification of its kind, but the average pass rate for it is 56 percent, with international candidates passing at significantly lower rates. Academy chair of sports exercise science Dr. Brian Wallace has been working to develop the 10-module program – a combination of lectures, quizzes, guided discussions, practice exams, reviews and practical, hands-on experience. The program will culminate with the student’s ability to pass the Academy’s Sport [...]

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Biles, Lyles Named United States Sports Academy August Athletes of the Month

2019-09-17T14:20:33-05:00September 17th, 2019|

History’s most decorated gymnast and one of the world’s fastest men have been named the United States Sports Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month for August. American gymnast Simone Biles was named the Academy’s female Athlete of the Month after winning her sixth United States all-around title and earned three gold medals and a bronze medal at the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships in August 2019. She also became the first woman to successfully complete a triple twisting double somersault on the floor exercise and a double twisting double somersault dismount off the balance beam. American sprinter Noah Lyles won the men’s Athlete of the Month honor after he broke a meet record in the 200-meter race at the IAAF Diamond League final in Paris on 24 August 2019. [...]

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Academy and Republic of Guinea Sign Agreement for Sport Development in West African Nation

2019-09-10T16:50:21-05:00September 10th, 2019|

With the President of Guinea H.E. Dr. Alpha Condé looking on, Guinea Foreign Minister H.E. Mamadi Touré, left, and United States Sports Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich signed a Protocol of Cooperation to aid in sports development in the west African nation. The United States Sports Academy will work with the west African nation of Guinea to help strengthen the national sports effort there after the two signed a Protocol for Cooperation during a recent meeting. The President of Guinea H.E. Dr. Alpha Condé is leading a delegation to the United States from that country ahead of the upcoming meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, which will open on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 in New York. While visiting the United States, President Condé and his retinue met [...]

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Academy Alumna Dr. Monique Carroll Hired at South Carolina State University

2019-09-10T14:38:50-05:00September 10th, 2019|

United States Sports Academy alumna Dr. Monique Carroll recently joined the department of athletics at South Carolina State University as the deputy athletic director for internal operations and senior women’s administrator. Carroll earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2012 before earning her doctoral degree in sports management from Northcentral University. “I am humbled as well as excited to join the South Carolina State University family. We have tremendous Bulldog tradition to uphold and enhance while providing a first-class experience for our student-athletes,” said Carroll. “I look forward to partnering with AD Danley in executing his vision for athletics while working with our coaches, staff, campus, community, and alumni for success.” Carroll previously worked for nine years at Prairie View A&M University, where [...]

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Academy Announces Inaugural Dissertation Writing Intensive Workshop for Doctoral Students

2019-12-02T07:56:26-06:00September 10th, 2019|

Completing a doctoral dissertation can be a daunting task for even the most accomplished students. The United States Sports Academy is committed to student success in all aspects of their graduate work, with a focus on academic and professional skill building, intellectual engagement, and an understanding of the graduate school experience. Because of its commitment to student success, the Academy is offering its doctoral candidates the inaugural Dissertation Writing Intensive Workshop, hosted by the Robert Block Library on 13-15 November, 2019, on the institution’s campus in Daphne, Ala. The seminar is open to students at any stage of their dissertation preparations. The Dissertation Writing Intensive Workshop will be delivered collaboratively by full time faculty and staff. There will be classroom based activities about writing, researching, formatting, the IRB process, and [...]

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Doctoral Student and Alumnus Dennis Figures Selected as Academy’s First Student of the Month

2019-09-16T08:17:38-05:00September 10th, 2019|

Because of his dedication to earning not just one or two, but three degrees from the institution, Dennis Figures of Bryan, Texas, has been selected as the United States Sports Academy’s first Student of the Month. Figures, who hopes to work as a sports analyst in broadcast television or teach sports management at the collegiate level, was inspired by a friend to pursue his bachelor’s degree from the Academy. When he researched the institution, Figures was moved by the stories of alumni like Mike Leach, who went on to become one of the most recognized and respected coaches in college football at Texas Tech University and now at Washington State University. “When I saw the kind of people who had earned their degree from the Academy, and when I read [...]

Former Academy Teaching Assistant Dr. Jason Williams Hired in Faculty Role at Florida State

2019-09-10T11:15:34-05:00September 10th, 2019|

After studying in the United States Sports Academy’s doctoral program and working on the institution’s campus, Dr. Jason Williams has been hired as a member of the teaching faculty at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Fla. Williams worked at the Academy for three years as a doctoral teaching assistant until his graduation, when he earned his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management with a Sports Health and Fitness specialization. He was recently hired as a teaching faculty member in FSU’s College of Human Sciences, teaching strength and conditioning and applied physiology courses. “I really enjoyed my time at the Academy,” Williams said. “The Academy attracts high quality people, from everyone on the staff to the faculty and leadership. At the Academy I was fortunate to be able to [...]

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

2019-10-15T15:17:51-05:00September 5th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for August 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 September 2019. Male nominees are Aristides Aquino, baseball, Dominican Republic; Jordan Burroughs, wrestling, United States; Noah Lyles, track and field, United States; Rory McIlroy, golf, Northern Ireland; Anderson Peters, track and field, Grenada; and Teemu Pukki, football (soccer), Finland. Female nominees are Dina Averina, rhythmic gymnastics, Russia; Simone Biles, artistic gymnastics, United States; Madison Keys, tennis, United States; Alysa Liu, figure skating, United States; and Hinako Shibuno, golf, Japan. Each month, the [...]

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