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Academy Expands Global Reach by Assisting in Planning of Soccer Academy in Cabo Verde

2022-05-24T09:26:35-05:00May 24th, 2022|

Following President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich’s recent trip to the island country of Cabo Verde off the coast of Africa, the United States Sports Academy will participate in the planning of a soccer academy with Africa Development Solutions (ADS) in city of Mindelo in that nation. Rosandich met with various administrators about the venture during his trip, including ADS Chairman Mr. Samba Bathily and Mario Semedo, Vice President for Training of the Federação Cabo Verde de Futbol. The project, called Nation’s Football Academy, is expected to be up and running in fall 2022. ADS Group is a multinational company operating in 7 industries and employing more than 700 employees within african continent. Under the leadership of its founder and CEO, Samba Bathily, ADS Group seek to support the development [...]

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Collegiate Gymnastics Champions Paul Juda, Trinity Thomas Named Academy April Athletes of the Month

2022-05-16T15:27:39-05:00May 16th, 2022|

Paul Juda and Trinity Thomas won the men’s and women’s all-around titles at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships and were crowned the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month for April for their impressive feats. Juda, competing for the University of Michigan, won the men’s all-around title and tied Sam Mikulak’s modern-era school record of six All-America honors at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships in Oklahoma on 16 April 2022. In addition to the all-around title, Juda also scored 15.000 and won the vault title. Thomas, a University of Florida senior, held off Olympic all-around champion Sunisa Lee to win the women’s NCAA all-around title on 17 April 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas. Thomas also won the uneven bars and floor exercise events. The second place finisher on the men’s side [...]

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Ciara Taylor Says Academy Education Opened Door for Opportunity in USFL Concussion Safety Role

2022-05-10T13:27:22-05:00May 10th, 2022|

Ciara Taylor is an athletic trainer at Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Ala., and a former United States Sports Academy Student of the Month. Now, she’s making the most of her opportunity to work as a concussion manager, spotter, and athletic trainer for the United States Football League (USFL) in Birmingham. In that role, Taylor is responsible for spotting the obvious signs of concussion in players after big hits and collisions, and responsible for notifying on-field referees when a player needs to be checked out. “This is truly an amazing opportunity,” Taylor said. “The professional game is so fast paced and exciting and I have learned so much in just a few weeks working with a professional organization like the USFL. This is a great learning opportunity and I [...]

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Student of the Month Dr. Steve Wachs is a Teacher, Podcaster, Sport Psychologist and Social Media Researcher

2022-05-10T12:18:05-05:00May 10th, 2022|

Dr. Steve Wachs is already an accomplished teacher, podcaster, sports psychologist, and researcher, but now that he has a doctoral degree from the United States Sports Academy, the institution’s latest Student of the Month hopes to expand his reach with more speaking engagement and presentation opportunities. Wachs recently successfully defended his dissertation, which researched the impact of social media on young athletes. For the mentorship portion of his Academy doctoral program, Wachs started a podcast that revolves around basketball in the Southern California area and includes discussions of sport psychology, coaching, and parenting. In addition, Wachs has also presented at conferences like the Association of Applied Sport Psychology-West Region and he hopes to be able to use his Academy education to find similar opportunities. “The Academy’s distance learning program really [...]

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Academy Students Get Valuable Experience Volunteering at Men’s Final Four

2022-04-11T15:06:52-05:00April 11th, 2022|

The “Big Easy” is no stranger to hosting entertaining weekends. From adventures on Bourbon St. to stadium-filling concerts, New Orleans is always a good time. However, last week, the city also played host the NCAA Men’s Final Four, which featured a highly-anticipated matchup between the Duke and the University of North Carolina on one side of the bracket and Villanova and Kansas – the eventual tournament champion – on the other side. For Duke’s Coach Krzyzewski (recipient of The Academy’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award Winner in 2008 & 1991), the loss to UNC was last game of his coaching career at Duke – now retiring after a long tenure at the university that started in 1980. For a group of students from the United States Sports Academy (USSA), the city [...]

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Academy Mourns Loss of Beloved Founding President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich

2020-09-08T15:10:06-05:00August 30th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of its beloved Founding President, Trustee, and longtime global sport education leader Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, who passed away from natural causes on Saturday, 29 August 2020 at age 88.   A native of Sheboygan Falls, Wisc., Rosandich served as the Academy’s president and chief executive officer for 43 years until 2015, when his son, Dr. T.J. Rosandich, was named president and CEO. Rosandich’s enduring legacy is that the Academy continues to thrive and serve the profession as an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service.  Rosandich founded the Academy in 1972 in response to a poor performance by the United States Olympic team in the 1972 Munich Games. Research [...]

Johnson, Wiggins Named United States Sports Academy June Athletes of the Month

2020-07-16T08:25:53-05:00July 16th, 2020|

A pair of Americans won the United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Month honors for June as sports leagues and federations began to reopen for the first time since the sports world felt the impact of global economic and social disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On the men’s side, golfer Dustin Johnson took the top honor after winning the Travelers Championship on 28 June 2020 in Connecticut to extend his career-long season victory streak to 13. Johnson shot a 19-under 261 to capture his 21st PGA Tour title. For the women, softball player Megan Wiggins was the top vote-getter after recording three RBI, including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh as USSSA Pride defeated This Is Us 4-3 on 29 June 2020 in Viera, [...]

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Finnish Students Complete Academy’s First Fully Online International Certification in Sports Management Program

2020-07-28T08:38:17-05:00July 14th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy’s program with ProfTraining Finland and the Finnish Varala Sports Institute to help students in that country train to become sports professionals has produced its first class of graduates. The Academy taught its renowned International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) post-secondary, non-degree program there fully online for the first time.  Under the guidance of Academy instructors, every student in the cohort completed the ICSM program and received their certification. The students were able to complete the program in approximately eight months and are now considered Academy alumni, which will provide them access to a network of thousands of peers working in the world of sport. The program focused on relevant sports management topics such as administration, sports marketing, sports facilities and events, sports business, human resources, [...]

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LA Rams Director of Rehabilitation Byron Cunningham Receives Academy 2019 Alumnus of the Year Award

2020-07-14T13:54:50-05:00July 14th, 2020|

United States Sports Academy master’s degree holder Byron Cunningham recently received his United States Sports Academy 2019 Alumnus of the Year award, a recognition he earned because of his work as the director of rehabilitation for the Los Angeles Rams’ award winning athletic training staff. A native of Mobile, Ala., Cunningham earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports medicine from the Academy in 2002. The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to the year’s most outstanding Academy graduate and the honoree must represent the ideals of sport and of the institution. Cunningham spent the previous eight seasons as a physical therapist and assistant athletic trainer for the Rams. “The Academy was the best of both worlds for me,” Cunningham said. “I’ve always loved sports, and it was [...]

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Academy Applies for Permission to Offer Four-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program in Spring 2021

2020-09-22T11:16:58-05:00July 14th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy has applied to its accreditor to add freshman and sophomore study to the institution’s existing renowned upper division – junior and senior year – bachelor's degree program. For the first time in the Academy's 48-year history, the institution will offer a full, four-year online bachelor’s degree program that would begin in the Spring 2021 semester.  Founded as a graduate school of sport in 1972, the Academy admitted its first two-year, degree completion bachelor’s degree student cohort in the Fall 2004 semester. The Academy submitted its application for four-year bachelor’s status to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in June 2020. If the landmark change is approved, the institution will begin admitting freshmen for a four-year Bachelor of Sport Science (B.S.S.) degree program and teaching general educational core curriculum courses in the [...]

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Eastern Shore Chamber Unveils Jubilee Festival Artwork in Event at United States Sports Academy

2021-03-23T09:07:17-05:00July 2nd, 2020|

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce unveiled the featured poster art for the upcoming 32nd Annual Jubilee Festival of Art at the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) on the campus of the United States Sports Academy. The painting, “Jubilant Crabs,” produced by local artist Ricky Trione, depicts crabs congregating during a jubilee on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. A jubilee is a natural phenomenon that occurs sporadically on Mobile Bay on Alabama’s Gulf Coast in which many species of crab and shrimp and other bay life leave deeper waters and swarm in high numbers in a shallow coastal area of the bay. The events draw large crowds seeking an abundance of easy-to-catch seafood. Cindy Zebryk was the winner of the door prize at the Eastern Shore [...]

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Academy Mourns Loss of Influential Softball Leader Don Porter

2020-06-10T09:04:03-05:00June 10th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy family is mourning the loss of longtime leading international softball official Don Porter, a former member of the institution’s Board of Visitors and a one-time member of its national faculty. Porter passed away on Sunday, 7 June 2020, in his hometown of Oklahoma City, Okla., at the age of 90. Porter served in the Army during the Korean War (1951-52) and was awarded the Korean War Medal in 2001 by the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Korea. Porter served as the president of the International Softball Federation (ISF) for 26 years and played a crucial role in softball’s inclusion in the Olympics. Porter helped to establish the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) in 2013 with current WBSC president Riccardo Fraccari. In 2017, Porter [...]

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