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Kevin Durant, Katie Ledecky Named United States Sports Academy June Athletes of the Month

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Golden State Warriors basketball star Kevin Durant and American swimmer Katie Ledecky have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for June. Durant was named the MVP of the NBA Finals series after scoring a team-high 39 points in the Warriors’ 129-120 series-clinching win against Cleveland on 12 June 2017. Durant scored at least 30 points in each of the series’ five games, averaging 35.2…

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Long-time Academy Faculty Member Reunites with Athletes and Students

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Long-time United States Sports Academy faculty member Dr. James E. Thoma recently reunited with athletes and students he coached and taught more than 30 years ago through the Academy’s international sport education programs in Malaysia and Brunei. Following his assignments in Southeast Asia, Thoma served as the Academy’s chair of sports coaching and chair of sports management during the late 1980s and has served on the National Faculty (NAFAC) for more than…

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Academy Trustee and Board of Visitors Member Endow Pre-Medical Institute and Art Biennale at University of Alabama

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala.— A prominent University of Alabama alumni couple with strong ties to the United States Sports Academy, Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough and Susan N. McCollough, has gifted the UA College of Arts and Sciences with its largest academic endowment in nearly two decades. The fund creates two unprecedented initiatives: The Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough Institute for Pre-Medical Scholars and the Susan N. McCollough Art Biennale. Susan N. McCollough is on the Academy’s Board of…

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United States Sports Academy Alumna Named Director of Basketball Operations at University of California Davis

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United States Sports Academy alumna Jody Steliga, a two-time conference Coach of the Year, has been named men’s basketball director of operations at the University of California Davis. The appointment was announced recently by Jim Les, UC Davis head men’s basketball coach. “We are very excited to add Jody to our basketball staff,” said Les. “She is passionate about basketball and has the skill, energy, and enthusiasm to positively impact our student-athletes.” “I’m excited to…

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Academy Alumna Named Women’s Soccer Coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Director of Athletics and United States Sports Academy Trustee Dr. Lee McElroy has announced the appointment of Academy alumna BreLynn Nasypany as head women’s soccer coach at RPI. Nasypany comes to the Engineers from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., where she was the head soccer coach since 2014.   RPI is in Troy, N.Y. “I feel very fortunate and blessed to have been given the opportunity to lead the Rensselaer women’s soccer program…

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Academy Alumnus Named Track and Field Assistant Coach at Pacific University

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United States Sports Academy alumnus Kelly Beck has joined Pacific University as assistant coach for men’s and women’s track and field and cross country. Beck most recently served as track and field head coach at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS). The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags (men) and Athenas (women) are the joint intercollegiate sports programs of Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Scripps College, all located in Claremont, Calif.   Pacific University is located in Forest Grove, Ore., and is home to the Boxers. Beck gave…

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Baseball’s Andrew Beckwith and Runner Dominique Scott Voted Academy Athletes of the Month for June

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Baseball player Andrew Beckwith from the United States and runner Dominique Scott of South Africa have been voted the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for June. Beckwith, pitcher for the Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers and the national leader in wins at 15-1, went 5 2/3 innings in the final game after pitching two complete games and picked up his third victory of the NCAA College World…

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A Look at the Amazing 2016 British Open

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Sports fans, set your online-viewing alerts to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program. This week, Sports Talk moderator Dr. Stephen Butler; Dr. Bret Simmermacher, Academy Chair of Sports Coaching; and Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies; will give a recap of the amazing and record-setting 2016 British Open duel involving victor Henrik Stenson and runner-up Phil Mickelson. To view the program…

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NBA Moves All-Star Game From Charlotte; WNBA Players Support Black Lives Matter

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Sports fans, set your online-viewing alerts to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program. This week, Sports Talk moderator Dr. Stephen Butler; Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies; and Sandra Geringer, Acting Director of Sports Studies, will discuss the recent decision by the National Basketball Association (NBA) to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, N.C., and issues surrounding the Women’s National…

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Academy Signs Memorandum of Understanding With Chinese Sports University

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On a recent goodwill visit to China, United States Sports Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich signed a memorandum of understanding with leaders of China’s Capital University for Physical Education and Sports (CUPES) in Beijing to work together on programs to enhance sport and sport education between the two sports institutions and the two nations. Shown from left are Professor Dr. Wu Hao, Director of the Scientific Research Office; Professor Dr. Zhong Bingshu, President, CUPES; Rosandich;…

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Daniel Moore’s “FINISH!” Commemorates United State Sports Academy 2015 College Football Game of the Year

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“FINISH!” is the title of Daniel Moore’s original painting commissioned by the United States Sports Academy to commemorate Alabama’s 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship and to reflect the spirit of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award, which went to the Crimson Tide for its win over the undefeated and top-ranked Clemson University Tigers.   The painting was recently completed and a print is now on display in the lobby of the American…

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A Recap of Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby and All-Star Game

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Sports fans, set your online-viewing alerts to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program. This week, Sports Talk moderator Dr. Stephen Butler; Dr. Bret Simmermacher, Academy Chair of Sports Coaching; and Ben Billman, doctoral teaching assistant; will give a recap of Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby and All-Star Game. To view the program live, visit the Academy’s Google Plus page at http://google.com/+UssaEdu….

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