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Academy Alumna, Former Elite Basketball Player Fay Minor Earns Leadership Role at Hometown YMCA

2019-02-12T10:09:24-05:00February 12th, 2019|

United States Sports Academy alumna Fay Minor was recently hired to be the Program/Sports Director at the YMCA in her hometown of Natchez, Miss. Minor, a former collegiate and professional basketball player, earned dual Master of Sports Science degrees in sports management and sports coaching from the Academy in 2010. She chose to pursue a graduate education from the Academy because the institution encourages everyone, male or female, to pursue careers in sport. “I love sports and when I started researching schools, the Academy had me mesmerized,” Minor said. “The idea they encouraged women and believed women could succeed in sports as a coach or an administrator was awesome. I started reading about female athletes who attended the Academy and moved on to administrative positions in sports. “I was proud [...]

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Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for January

2019-02-15T08:24:38-05:00February 7th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for January and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from six 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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Mercer University Professor Dr. Bill Holcomb Earns Academy’s 2018 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award

2019-02-12T09:37:53-05:00January 31st, 2019|

Dr. Bill Holcomb, the founding director of the professional master’s program in athletic training at Mercer University, has been named the winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2018 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award. Holcomb is a professor at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and is an Academy alumnus, having earned a Master of Sports Science degree in sports medicine from the institution in 1988. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Berry College and a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Auburn University. Holcomb has been a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for more than 25 years. He is recognized as a fellow in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  He was awarded the NSCA’s 2017 Sports [...]

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Yuzuru Hanyu, Simone Biles Named United States Sports Academy’s 2018 Male and Female Athlete of the Year

2019-01-22T09:59:59-05:00January 22nd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has named Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu and American gymnast Simone Biles as the winners of its male and female Athlete of the Year awards for 2018.  Hanyu became the first man since 1952 to defend a Winter Olympics singles figure skating gold medal at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics in South Korea in February. Hanyu won with a total score of 317.85 to take gold in the event. Hanyu later set a men’s short program world record with a score of 106.69 at the International Skating Union Figure Skating Grand Prix in Helsinki and took gold in the Rostelecom Cup event in Moscow in November. Hanyu also won gold at the Autumn Classic event in September in Canada. This is the second time in the [...]

Academy 2005 Sport Artist of the Year Daniel Moore Recognized as Distinguished Sportsman

2019-01-22T10:08:37-05:00January 22nd, 2019|

Daniel Moore United States Sports Academy honoree Daniel A. Moore has added another honor to his already impressive list of accomplishments after having been named one of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s 2019 Distinguished Sportsmen.   Moore will be recognized with the honor during the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s banquet in Birmingham in April. Moore is renowned for his photo-realistic paintings that depict pivotal moments in sports history. He has been widely recognized for his paintings that depict memorable moments in college football, many of which are on public display at the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) on the Academy campus. Moore was named the Academy’s 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, becoming the first Alabamian to win the prestigious, international art honor. The artist played [...]

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

2019-01-08T08:27:36-05:00January 8th, 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. Master’s Graduates Nathan Trammell Cohen (Atlanta, Ga.) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Management and Sports Medicine Andrea Denise Gordon (Long Island City, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Health and Fitness, personal training emphasis Sara Lynn Shaw (Presque Isle, Maine) – M.S.S. Sports Management, personal training emphasis

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Academy Alumnus Mike Leach Coaches Washington State Football to First 11-Win Season

2019-01-08T08:26:09-05:00January 8th, 2019|

United States Sports Academy alumnus Mike Leach coached the Washington State football team to a school-best 11 wins in 2018 after the Cougars knocked off Iowa State 28-26 in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, in December. It was the second postseason win for Washington State under Leach, who has coached the Cougars (11-2) since 2012. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in American studies and earning his Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law – where he originally planned to be an attorney – Leach decided to take a different career path as a football coach.  He earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 1988. Leach, a native of Cody, Wyo., is the Academy Alumni [...]

Vote Now for 2018 Male and Female Athlete of the Year Award

2019-01-07T08:19:05-05:00January 7th, 2019|

Public voting is now open for the United States Sports Academy’s coveted 2018 Athlete of the Year Award, a part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport program that annually recognizes the top male and female athletes in the world. The ballot, now available for online voting, is the culmination of the Academy’s yearlong selection process through which outstanding accomplishments of men and women in sports from around the globe are recognized. Everyone is encouraged to cast a vote on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu and suggest to friends to vote as well. Voting runs through 5 p.m. Central time on Friday, 18 January 2019. The ballot includes 12 men and 12 women from 15 countries. Nominees for Male Athlete of the Year include: Mookie Betts, baseball, United States; Novak Djokovic, [...]

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Academy Welcomes Finnish Partners to Campus

2018-12-20T09:34:01-05:00December 20th, 2018|

Artist Rauli Mard, left, and motorsport manager Atte Varsta, right The United States Sports Academy continues to strengthen its relationship with its partners in Finland as it welcomed Finnish motorsport manager Atte Varsta and artist Rauli Mard to campus in December. Varsta, an experienced entrepreneur in sports management, retail marketing and business planning, was on the Academy campus to join the institution’s National Faculty, a group of instructors credentialed to teach its post-secondary, non-degree international sports education programs abroad. Varsta is the commercial director for Global Rallycross Europe, an all-European rallycross championship series based in Vienna, Austria. He is also a partner in V&V Sport Management, high-tech company Flexbright, and co-founder of ProFTraining Finland, which specializes in sports services and products that assist customers with their well-being. Varsta is [...]

The Academy Earns Reaffirmation of SACSCOC Accreditation

2019-01-08T10:20:33-05:00December 20th, 2018|

It was announced at the recent Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees meeting in New Orleans that the United States Sports Academy’s accreditation has been reaffirmed for another 10 years. As America’s only freestanding accredited sports university, the Academy was first accredited in 1983. The institution’s accreditation was last reaffirmed in 2008. As part of the reaffirmation process, the Academy in September 2017 submitted comprehensive reports on institutional compliance toward a wide range of SACSCOC higher education Principles. These reports were evaluated by peer reviewers for compliance. The Academy then received an onsite visit from a peer review team in March. The SACSCOC Board of Trustees reviewed the Academy’s efforts toward compliance and voted to reaffirm the institution’s standing at its meeting in [...]

Academy to Partner with WorldTeam Sports in Beijing

2018-12-19T16:25:44-05:00December 20th, 2018|

The United States Sports Academy has signed an agreement with WorldTeam Sports to deliver international sport education programs in China. From left are Academy Founding President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, WorldTeam President Jack “Jie” Guo, Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Beijing Olympic Consultant David Huang. Students at China’s WorldTeam Sports facility will soon have the opportunity to take part in a new international sport education program now that the organization has partnered with the United States Sports Academy. Led by president Jie “Jack” Guo, a WorldTeam delegation recently visited the Academy campus in Daphne, Ala., to sign an agreement to develop sports education programs in China. The Academy will assist WorldTeam in its efforts to develop a sport education curricula and procedures for educational administration [...]

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Former South Alabama Athletic Director Joe Gottfried Earns Academy’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award

2018-12-19T16:14:59-05:00December 19th, 2018|

President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Joe Gottfried Mobile Sports Hall of Fame chairman and former University of South Alabama athletic director Joe Gottfried has been presented the United States Sports Academy’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award (DSA). Given for outstanding contributions to sport, the award was presented to Gottfried at the home of Academy Founding President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. Academy trustee and Art Committee member Susan McCollough presented the award to Gottfried. Gottfried joined the University of South Alabama Department of Athletics in 1981 as assistant athletic director, then held the post of athletic director for 25 years beginning in 1984. Gottfried’s tenure at the South Alabama was marked by success, as Jaguar athletic teams won more than 100 Sun Belt Conference championships and 10 Commissioners’ [...]

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