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Academy Trustee Joan Cronan Earns SEC’s Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award

2022-12-09T09:12:00-06:00December 9th, 2022|

University of Tennessee Athletic Director Emeritus and women’s sports trailblazer Joan Cronan earned the Southeastern Conference’s Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award. Cronan, a United States Sports Academy Trustee and Honorary Doctorate recipient, was presented the award during the SEC Championship Game on 3 December 2022 in Atlanta, Ga. The Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award is presented on special occasions to former student-athletes, coaches, graduates or administrators of SEC institutions or the conference office who have maintained a lifetime of interest in college athletics and who, over a significant period of time, have exhibited superior leadership qualities and made a significant impact to the betterment of the mission of the Southeastern Conference. “Having had the opportunity to work with Joan through her work as a member of our Board [...]

Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson Earns 2022 AECT Presidential Distinguished Service Award

2022-11-29T13:19:02-06:00November 29th, 2022|

United States Sports Academy Dean of Undergraduate Studies Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson was presented with the Association for Educational and Communications Technology (AECT) Presidential Distinguished Service Award at the AECT Annual International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award is given each year for exemplary service to the association and to the field of instructional design. Pacetti-Donelson, who joined the Academy in 2018, is also co-chair of the AECT Bylaws Committee. Tasked with reviewing, revising, and making recommendations to and about the governing documents of the AECT, the committee serves to improve the bylaws, policies, and procedures of the AECT. With the support for her professional service activities, Pacetti-Donelson says she is proud to represent the Academy as part of the distance education community. “When we serve our profession, we are [...]

Sport Artist Roald Bradstock to Unveil Paris 2024 Olympics Piece Live on Instagram

2022-11-30T09:51:28-06:00November 29th, 2022|

Known as “The Olympic Picasso,” modern artist Roald Bradstock has built a reputation for being a relentless competitor on the track and in his art studio. Bradstock will unveil his latest work “Paris 2.014/Together” in a special live event on his Instagram page, which can be followed here, on Thursday, December 1, at 11 a.m. CST. https://www.instagram.com/roaldbradstock/ The piece commemorates the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Paris, France, and is the fifth in a Bradstock series of Olympic Rings paintings. In addition to commemorating the Paris Games, the piece also recognizes the 25th anniversary of Bradstock’s first Olympic Rings painting,” Struggle for Perfection,” that launched his art career. That piece won the United States Olympic Committee/United States Sports Academy Art Competition in 1999 and was later exhibited at [...]

In Memoriam: USSA Alumnus Barry Haley

2022-11-15T14:24:29-06:00November 15th, 2022|

The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of alumnus Barry Haley, who passed away after a brief illness on October 29, 2022, at age 67. Barry Haley Haley was a highly regarded athletics administrator and was recognized as the 2017-2018 Athletic Director of the Year by the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association. He worked more than 40 years in school sports programs and had served as the athletic director at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School in Concord, Mass., since 2006. Haley earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management in 1988, while he worked as an athletic trainer and physical education teacher at Malden (Mass.) Catholic High School. Haley spent more than 40 years in education, serving as an athletic director for several Massachusetts [...]

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US Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team Records Best-Ever Finish at Worlds Under Walker’s Leadership

2022-11-15T10:33:17-06:00November 15th, 2022|

When the U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team completed its best-ever finish at the World ParaVolley Championships in Sarajevo in November, the team did so under the leadership of United States Sports Academy alumnus Greg Walker. Walker was the Academy’s 2021 Alumnus of the Year because of his decade of experience coaching volleyball at the Paralympic and collegiate levels. In addition to his coaching duties with Team USA, Walker is also the head coach of the Smith College women’s volleyball team in Northampton, Mass. A native of Huntingdon, Pa., Walker has been active with the U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team since 2013 and has served as head coach since 2016. Sitting volleyball is a variation of the original game but designed for athletes with adaptive needs. The sport is governed by [...]

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USSA Welcomes Vincent Butta and Randy Smith to Board of Trustees

2022-10-26T11:25:59-05:00October 25th, 2022|

The United States Sports Academy is proud to welcome Randy W. Smith and Vincent Butta to its esteemed Board of Trustees. The Academy is governed by its Board of Trustees, consisting of a group of diverse professionals with specific expertise important to the formation of such an organization. Smith is a former Vice President and Senior Consultant who began his career with Merrill in 1 983. Randy obtained his BS degree from Auburn University in 1977. Randy and his team assisted clients in comprehensive wealth management, developing strategies and long-term plans for the creation and growth of wealth, protection and preservation of wealth and tax minimization strategies, seeking to plan tax advantaged distributions of wealth during life, and planning wealth distribution after death. Randy Lives in Orange Beach with his wife, [...]

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Aaron Judge, Iga Swiatek Named Academy September Athletes of the Month

2022-10-25T11:32:45-05:00October 25th, 2022|

American baseball player Aaron Judge and Polish tennis star Iga Swiatek were named the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month after their impressive performances on the world stage in September. Judge earned American League player of the month honors after hitting .417/.565/.869 with 10 home runs, eight doubles, 17 RBIs and 30 walks in 25 games in the month. He hit his 61st home run of the season on 28 September 2022, tying Roger Maris’ single-season AL record from 1961. Swiatek won the women’s U.S. Open championship, defeating Ons Jabur 6-2, 7-6 on 11 September 2022 in New York. It was her second major title this season and she is the first player since Angelique Kerber in 2016 to win multiple majors in the same season. She is [...]

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Student of the Month Hassan Dakroub Inspired by USSA Alum Mike Leach

2022-10-12T09:40:23-05:00October 11th, 2022|

Like many United States Sports Academy students, Hassan Dakroub is currently working in the sports profession and hopes to use his degree to take the next step in his career. Dakroub, who is seeking his Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports coaching, is currently working as an assistant football coach at Fordson High School in Dearborn, Mich. He hopes to use what he learns from the Academy to move up in the ranks among football coaches. He discovered the Academy after watching an interview with Mississippi State head football coach Mike Leach, who holds a Master of Sports Science degree from the Academy. “I was watching football videos online and found a video where Mike Leach was giving his team a pep talk,” Dakroub said. “The speech inspired me, [...]

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Former USSA Teaching Assistant Dr. Jimmy Mattern Named Faculty Athletic Representative at Wilmington College

2022-10-12T09:41:13-05:00October 11th, 2022|

Former United States Sports Academy teaching assistant and alumnus Dr. Jimmy Mattern was recently named the faculty athletic representative at Wilmington College in Ohio. Mattern is an assistant professor of sport management and the area coordinator for sport sciences at Wilmington. He completed his Doctor of Education degree while working on campus at the Academy in Daphne, Ala., in 2014. Mattern completed his Academy doctoral degree in 2018 at age 27, making him one of the youngest people ever to complete the institution’s doctoral program. At Wilmington, Mattern works with another Academy graduate, Dr. Alan Ledford, who is the program director and associate professor of sport management. “It is nice to have that Academy connection here with Dr. Ledford,” Mattern said. “It says something good about the Academy that it [...]

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Academy Alumnus Dr. David Peterson Leads Development of Shoulder Safe Barbell

2022-10-11T09:02:23-05:00October 11th, 2022|

After months of research and trial and error, United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. David Peterson created more than just a student-lead research project, but a tangible product that will benefit athletes both at Cedarville and elsewhere. Peterson, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Cedarville University in Ohio, and 2022 Cedarville alumna Kaitlyn Tyms collaborated on a research project to determine the ideal grip width for a revolutionary new barbell designed for athletes with shoulder-related injuries. The barbell is now available for use in Cedarville University’s athletic center and for purchase online. Peterson holds a Doctor of Education degree in sports management with an emphasis in health and fitness and was named the Academy’s 2015 Alumnus of the Year. He retired from the US Navy in 2018 after more than [...]

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USSA President Addresses 40th Anniversary FICTS General Assembly in Italy

2022-09-27T10:25:25-05:00September 27th, 2022|

United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich addressed the 40th anniversary General Assembly of the Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs (FICTS) in Treviso, Italy, in September. A member of the FICTS Youth, Education and Culture Commission, Rosandich spoke about his efforts to bring the 2023 FICTS conference to Fort Meyers, Fla., in 2023 - a return to the United States for the first time since 2015. The President has worked Academy Trustee Emeritus, 1995 Sport Artist of the Year, World Olympian Foundation President and Fort Meyers Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Liston Bochette III to lay the groundwork for that city hosting the event. Officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FICTS promotes and spreads the development of Olympic values and the culture of sport through film [...]

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Student of the Month: Brian Bell

2022-09-23T15:03:25-05:00September 23rd, 2022|

Brian Bell of Nashville, Tenn., is the United States Sports Academy’s latest Student of the Month. Bell, a Master of Sports Science degree student, is an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the NFL's Tennessee Titans.   https://youtu.be/ERpBLNGPNyw

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