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Student of the Month Daniel Kane Eyes Boost in Education Career with Academy Doctoral Degree

2020-04-14T11:04:30-05:00April 14th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy’s student of the Month Daniel Kane said he’s looking forward to earning his doctoral degree and using it to progress through the ranks of the teaching profession in higher education. Kane is a faculty member in the department of tourism and hospitality at Kingsborough Community College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system in Brooklyn. Kane, an Academy Doctor of Education degree student, discovered the institution on the recommendation of alumnus and national faculty member Dr. Anthony Borgese, who is the chair of Kane’s department at Kingsborough. “I found out about the Academy from Dr. Borgese when I taught an introduction to sports management course with him,” Kane said. “I couldn’t be happier with the result. The Academy is the best program [...]

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Academy Alumna Dr. Monique Carroll Hired as Athletic Director at Huston-Tillotson University

2020-04-14T10:58:32-05:00April 14th, 2020|

An experienced collegiate athletics administrator with more than a decade of work on her resume, United States Sports Academy alumna Dr. Monique Carroll was recently hired to lead the athletic programs at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. 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. A native of New Boston, Texas, Carroll previously served as Deputy Athletic Director for Internal Operations and Senior Woman Administrator at South Carolina State University. In that role, she served as the sport administrator for 10 sports. In addition to serving as a sport administrator, Carroll oversaw various units including, business operations, compliance, academics, strength and conditioning, sports medicine, ticketing, sports information, and game day operations. [...]

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‘Servant-Leadership’ Advocate Dr. Marty Durden Takes Over High School Athletic Department in Georgia

2020-04-14T11:21:05-05:00April 14th, 2020|

United States Sports Academy doctoral degree holder Dr. Marty Durden is taking his brand of “servant-leadership” and nearly five decades of athletic leadership to a new position at Calvary Christian School in Columbus, Ga. Durden earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2016 and has written extensively about the “servant-leader” model of coaching, including in a 2019 Sport Digest piece titled “The Call for a Higher Standard Than Winning.” Durden is the new athletic director at Calvary Christian School in Columbus, Ga. Durden is a veteran coach whose teams have won state championships in basketball, baseball, football, and golf over the span of nearly five decades. He previously worked as the athletic director at Presbyterian School in Houston, and has also has worked as [...]

American Gymnasts Mikulak and Hurd Named United States Sports Academy March Athletes of the Month

2020-04-10T11:22:53-05:00April 10th, 2020|

A pair of American gymnasts were named the United States Sports Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month for March. Sam Mikulak and Morgan Hurd took home the Academy’s top honors after stellar performances during the month. Mikulak finished in first place in parallel bars and floor exercise and won gold in the all-around competition at the American Cup in Wisconsin on 7 March 2020. Mikulak won the all-around with 85.322 points after finishing in the top 4 in every event. Hurd won the women’s all-around title at the American Cup in Wisconsin on 7 March 2020. Hurd finished first in the uneven bars, second in the floor exercise and third in bars and beam to secure the all-around title. The second place finisher on the men’s side was [...]

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

2020-04-10T10:56:01-05:00April 2nd, 2020|

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 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, 9 April 2020. Male nominees are Angus Arthur, wrestling, Jamaica; Jason Belmonte, bowling, Australia; Mohamed ElShorbagy, squash, Egypt; Martin Fourcade, biathlon, France; Mark McMorris, snowboarding, Canada; and Sam Mikulak, gymnastics, United States. Female nominees are Brittany Bowe, speedskating, United States; Hania El Hammamy, squash, Egypt; Alma Jane Valencia Escoto, wrestling, Mexico; Morgan Hurd, gymnastics, United States; Habiba Marzouk, gymnastics, Egypt; and Mariel Zagunis, fencing, United States. Each month, the public is invited to [...]

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The Academy’s Sports Coaching Bachelor’s Degree Earns NCACE Accreditation

2020-03-31T16:08:57-05:00March 31st, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy continues to be a leader in the world of sport education as its Bachelor of Sports Science degree in Sports Coaching recently earned comprehensive accreditation from the National Committee for the Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE). Working under the auspices of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE), the NCACE accreditation signifies that the Academy’s coaching bachelor’s degree program is aligned with the National Standards for Sport Coaches (NASPE, 2006) and the NCACE Guidelines for program supervision, personnel and operations. “With this filing, (the Academy's) Bachelor of Sports Science in Sports Coaching demonstrates that it is a leader in quality coaching education,” a USCCE letter to the Academy states. “This program will serve as a benchmark for all other coaching education providers.” Quality coaches [...]

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Dr. Tomi Wahlström Promoted to Provost at United States Sports Academy

2020-03-25T14:53:32-05:00March 25th, 2020|

Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom In a move that will help the United States Sports Academy streamline the delivery of its 100% online sports education programs, Dr. Tomi Wahlström has been promoted to the position of Provost at the institution, where he will oversee the institution’s academics and student services departments. A resident of Fairhope, Ala., Wahlström previously served as the Academy’s vice president of academic affairs. He is a multilingual, multicultural academic leader with expertise in teaching, business, academic management, consulting and clinical human services. Before joining the Academy, Wahlström served as the associate vice president of academic affairs at American Intercontinental University (AIU), where he also taught for 13 years and held numerous roles including lead faculty, program chair, and dean of business. He also served as vice president [...]

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Academy Sends Instructors Dr. Dave Shrock, Robert Herron to Teach Sports Management Certification Program in Thailand

2020-04-13T09:59:42-05:00March 23rd, 2020|

Academy faculty member Robert Herron taught the institution’s International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program to students in Bangkok, Thailand. A pair of United States Sports Academy instructors recently visited Thailand to teach courses for the institution’s international sports certification program to prepare students there for careers in sport. Academy exercise science faculty member Robert Herron and national faculty member Dr. Dave Shrock taught the institution’s International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program on behalf of the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT). The ICSM program includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities. In Bangkok, the Academy teaches both the ICSM and the International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program, which includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills. Each [...]

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Academy’s Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom Talks Sport Education Opportunities During Visit to Colombia

2020-04-13T09:59:42-05:00March 19th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is strengthening its position in the world of higher education with recent outreach to the South American nation of Colombia. Academy vice president of academic affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom recently visited Bogota, Colombia, and met government and higher education officials there for talks regarding the institution’s post-secondary, non-degree international sport education programs. Academy Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom met Fulbright Colombia executive director Adriana Gaviria and Escuela Colombiana Rehabilitacion rector Goe Rojas. During his visit Wahlstrom met Fulbright Colombia executive director Adriana Gaviria and Escuela Colombiana Rehabilitacion rector Goe Rojas. There, Wahlstrom discussed the Academy’s various offerings including its new Maternity Wellness Program and its international certification programs in sports coaching and sports management. Wahlstrom also met with staff at [...]

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Academy Faculty Members Selected to Present on Sport-Related Concussion Issues at ACSM Conference

2020-03-17T09:36:51-05:00March 17th, 2020|

Dr. Brandon Spradley A pair of United States Sports Academy faculty members were recently selected to present at the upcoming American College of Sports Medicine conference to be held later this year in San Francisco, Calif. Chair of Sports Management Dr. Brandon Spradley and exercise science faculty member Robert Herron had three abstracts accepted as poster presentations at the conference, which is scheduled for May 26-30. The presentations cover issues related to use of the King-Devick concussion test on high school athletes. Spradley is the lead author of the presentation titled “Between-Trial Reliability of the King-Devick Test in Female High School Athletes,” while Herron is the lead author of “Between-Trial Reliability of the King-Devick Test in Male High School Athletes.” Spradley and Herron have been key members of [...]

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James, Ionescu Named United States Sports Academy February Athletes of the Month

2020-03-16T08:39:55-05:00March 16th, 2020|

A pair of American basketball stars were named the United States Sports Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month for February. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and University of Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu took home the Academy’s top honors after stellar performances during the month. James earned NBA Western Conference Player of the Month honors after averaging 26 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 10.1 assists and leading his team to a 9-2 record in February. James recorded 10 double-digit scoring games and four 30+ scoring outings in the month and finished with five double-doubles and two triple-doubles. Ionescu became the first NCAA basketball player – male or female – to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 1,000 assists in a career after the Ducks defeated Stanford 74-66 on 24 [...]

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In Memoriam: Academy Mourns Loss of Alumnus, Faculty Member Dr. Phillip Capps

2020-03-10T11:35:46-05:00March 10th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of alumnus and longtime international instructor Dr. Phillip Capps, who recently passed away at age 56. Capps, of Macon, Ga., earned his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management from the Academy in 2006, then later joined the Academy’s roster of instructors credentialed to teach its post-secondary, non-degree programs internationally. Capps taught for the Academy in China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Dubai. “Dr. Capps was a solid teacher who was loved by everyone he taught and by those he came into contact with,” Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich said. “He will be sorely missed by all of us here at the Academy.” Capps served in college campus student life, sports and recreational positions throughout his career. He recently worked as [...]