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Keeping Up with Athlete of the Month Candidates

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Throughout each month, members of the United States Sports Academy faculty and staff suggest candidates to be considered for the Athlete of the Month ballot that comes out the first Thursday of the following month for a worldwide online vote.

Viewers are welcome to submit their own candidates for consideration, and, if so inclined, they could take a look at this month’s current list that will be presented to the ballot-creating committee.

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Academy Alumnus Selected One of South Florida’s Most Influential Business Women

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Ms. Jane Bolin, a standout student during her time spent at the United States Sports Academy, has been selected as one of the South Florida area’s most influential business women and will participate in a special one-on-one mentoring event on March 30 in conjunction with that honor.

Bizwomen Mentoring Monday, sponsored by the South Florida Business Journal, focuses on helping women succeed in the workplace and Bolin has been one of the 40 elite individuals chosen to show others how to do so. Read More


National Faculty Member Running Handball Tournament in Gulf Shores

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United States Sports Academy National Faculty member Ms. Dede Piankova, President and Founder of American Community Team Sports (ACTS) the last 14 years, should have one busy, extended weekend April 23-26 while situated along the white sands of Gulf Shores, Ala. Indeed, the eventful vacation spot for most will turn into a vocational paradise for her as she runs the American Open Beach Handball Championship (AOBHC) and conducts a beach handball master’s course for coaches, referees and delegates.

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Academy Graduate Named Athletic Director at Community College

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Earlier this week, United States Sports Academy graduate Mr. Andrew Johnson was named athletic director at Lehigh Carbon Community College, which is located in the Allentown, Pa., area. A veteran coach who earned an MSS in Sport Coaching from the Academy in 2010, Johnson most recently had been working at Delaware County Community College in Media, Pa., and also had served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Division III Widener University the last 12 years.

“I’m excited to be in the Lehigh Valley and excited to build LCCC Cougar athletics into a regional power,” he stated in a press release.

Johnson also holds a bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven (Pa.) University.



Academy Faculty to Teach Courses in China

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has reached an agreement with Henan University to teach four courses from its Coaching Certification program at the Chinese institution. National Faculty member Dr. Christopher Rampacek, who hails from Houston, Texas, and has been praised by Academy CEO and President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich for instruction he has provided at previous ventures in Malaysia, Thailand and China, will serve as the professor for this program. Read More

February Athlete of the Month Ballot Includes Some Heavy Hitters

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A total of 12 candidates – six male, six female – are on the ballot for the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month for February. Those chosen hail from across the globe, with many big names on the list, including Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, tennis superstar Novak Djokovic and speedskating standout Brittany Bowe.

One male and one female will be chosen the winners as decided by the public. So, feel free to cast your vote today on our website, and have your friends do the same.

The full ballot is listed, along with bios of what each athlete accomplished during the month of February. Voting will continue through March 20.

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Academy, Track Association Partner on Continuing Education

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy and the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) have partnered to allow coaches who have successfully completed the Technical Track & Field Coaching certification course (201 or 251) and/or any of the five Specialist Certification Courses of the Track & Field Academy to apply for and receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the Sports Academy. Read More

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