The Academy’s Sports Coaching Bachelor’s Degree Earns NCACE Accreditation

2020-03-31T16:08:57-05:00March 31st, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy continues to be a leader in the world of sport education as its Bachelor of Sports Science degree in Sports Coaching recently earned comprehensive accreditation from the National Committee for the Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE). Working under the auspices of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE), the NCACE accreditation signifies that the Academy’s coaching bachelor’s degree program is aligned with the National Standards for Sport Coaches (NASPE, 2006) and the NCACE Guidelines for program supervision, personnel and operations. “With this filing, (the Academy's) Bachelor of Sports Science in Sports Coaching demonstrates that it is a leader in quality coaching education,” a USCCE letter to the Academy states. “This program will serve as a benchmark for all other coaching education providers.” Quality coaches [...]

Dr. Tomi Wahlström Promoted to Provost at United States Sports Academy

2020-03-25T14:53:32-05:00March 25th, 2020|

Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom In a move that will help the United States Sports Academy streamline the delivery of its 100% online sports education programs, Dr. Tomi Wahlström has been promoted to the position of Provost at the institution, where he will oversee the institution’s academics and student services departments. A resident of Fairhope, Ala., Wahlström previously served as the Academy’s vice president of academic affairs. He is a multilingual, multicultural academic leader with expertise in teaching, business, academic management, consulting and clinical human services. Before joining the Academy, Wahlström served as the associate vice president of academic affairs at American Intercontinental University (AIU), where he also taught for 13 years and held numerous roles including lead faculty, program chair, and dean of business. He also served as vice president [...]

Academy Sends Instructors Dr. Dave Shrock, Robert Herron to Teach Sports Management Certification Program in Thailand

2020-03-23T15:09:45-05:00March 23rd, 2020|

Academy faculty member Robert Herron taught the institution’s International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program to students in Bangkok, Thailand. A pair of United States Sports Academy instructors recently visited Thailand to teach courses for the institution’s international sports certification program to prepare students there for careers in sport. Academy exercise science faculty member Robert Herron and national faculty member Dr. Dave Shrock taught the institution’s International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program on behalf of the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT). The ICSM program includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities. In Bangkok, the Academy teaches both the ICSM and the International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program, which includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills. Each [...]

Academy’s Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom Talks Sport Education Opportunities During Visit to Colombia

2020-03-19T08:11:59-05:00March 19th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is strengthening its position in the world of higher education with recent outreach to the South American nation of Colombia. Academy vice president of academic affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom recently visited Bogota, Colombia, and met government and higher education officials there for talks regarding the institution’s post-secondary, non-degree international sport education programs. Academy Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom met Fulbright Colombia executive director Adriana Gaviria and Escuela Colombiana Rehabilitacion rector Goe Rojas. During his visit Wahlstrom met Fulbright Colombia executive director Adriana Gaviria and Escuela Colombiana Rehabilitacion rector Goe Rojas. There, Wahlstrom discussed the Academy’s various offerings including its new Maternity Wellness Program and its international certification programs in sports coaching and sports management. Wahlstrom also met with staff at [...]

Academy Faculty Members Selected to Present on Sport-Related Concussion Issues at ACSM Conference

2020-03-17T09:36:51-05:00March 17th, 2020|

Dr. Brandon Spradley A pair of United States Sports Academy faculty members were recently selected to present at the upcoming American College of Sports Medicine conference to be held later this year in San Francisco, Calif. Chair of Sports Management Dr. Brandon Spradley and exercise science faculty member Robert Herron had three abstracts accepted as poster presentations at the conference, which is scheduled for May 26-30. The presentations cover issues related to use of the King-Devick concussion test on high school athletes. Spradley is the lead author of the presentation titled “Between-Trial Reliability of the King-Devick Test in Female High School Athletes,” while Herron is the lead author of “Between-Trial Reliability of the King-Devick Test in Male High School Athletes.” Spradley and Herron have been key members of [...]

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James, Ionescu Named United States Sports Academy February Athletes of the Month

2020-03-16T08:39:55-05:00March 16th, 2020|

A pair of American basketball stars were named the United States Sports Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month for February. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and University of Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu took home the Academy’s top honors after stellar performances during the month. James earned NBA Western Conference Player of the Month honors after averaging 26 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 10.1 assists and leading his team to a 9-2 record in February. James recorded 10 double-digit scoring games and four 30+ scoring outings in the month and finished with five double-doubles and two triple-doubles. Ionescu became the first NCAA basketball player – male or female – to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 1,000 assists in a career after the Ducks defeated Stanford 74-66 on 24 [...]

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In Memoriam: Academy Mourns Loss of Alumnus, Faculty Member Dr. Phillip Capps

2020-03-10T11:35:46-05:00March 10th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of alumnus and longtime international instructor Dr. Phillip Capps, who recently passed away at age 56. Capps, of Macon, Ga., earned his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management from the Academy in 2006, then later joined the Academy’s roster of instructors credentialed to teach its post-secondary, non-degree programs internationally. Capps taught for the Academy in China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Dubai. “Dr. Capps was a solid teacher who was loved by everyone he taught and by those he came into contact with,” Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich said. “He will be sorely missed by all of us here at the Academy.” Capps served in college campus student life, sports and recreational positions throughout his career. He recently worked as [...]

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2020-03-10T11:39:08-05:00March 10th, 2020|

The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Because of the Academy’s rolling enrollments and flexible online learning options, degrees can be conferred upon graduates throughout the academic year. Master’s Graduates Eloise P. Miller (Portland, Ore.) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Management and Sports Coaching, With Honors Denise Romo (Turlock, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching, With Honors James B. Holbert (FPO, AE) – M.S.S. Sports Health and Fitness Jarvel M. Noble (Birmingham, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

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Vote Now for United States Sports Academy Athlete of the Month for February

2020-03-05T15:12:08-06:00March 5th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for February and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates from seven countries comprise the list. Everyone is encouraged to cast a vote on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu. Voting will continue until 5 p.m. Central time on Thursday, 12 March 2020. Male nominees are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, football (soccer), Gabon; Johannes Thingnes Bø, biathlon, Norway; Mondo Duplantis, track and field, Sweden; Tyson Fury, boxing, England; LeBron James, basketball, United States; and Galen Rupp, marathon, United States. Female nominees are Chloe Dygert, cycling, United States; Sabrina Ionescu, basketball, United States; Therese Johaug, cross country skiing, Norway; Sofia Kenin, tennis, United States; Yulimar Rojas, track and field, Venezuela; and Abadel Yeshaneh, half marathon, Ethiopia. [...]

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Academy International Honorary Doctorate Honoree Muhyiddin Yassin Named Prime Minister of Malaysia

2020-03-02T15:41:09-06:00March 2nd, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy’s 2012 International Honorary Doctorate recipient and veteran Malaysian politician Muhyiddin Yassin was named that country’s prime minister this past Saturday (29 February). Yassin earned the Academy’s 2012 International Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his efforts to build his nation’s youth sports programs. Yassin was the serving Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and in that role directed the implementation of the “One Student – One Sport” initiative that aimed at fostering a vigorous sports program for the country’s youth. The Academy conferred the honorary doctorate degree upon Yassin during his visit to Daphne, Ala., in 2013. During the course of his visit Yassin visited local educational institutions including the Daphne High School campus and met with students from the school’s international baccalaureate program. [...]

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Academy’s Dr. Roch King Talks Coaching Profession at Coach Force 21 Event in Athens, Greece

2020-02-26T11:41:07-06:00February 26th, 2020|

United States Sports Academy Chair of Sports Coaching Dr. Roch King recently visited Athens, Greece, where he participated in a working group and panel discussion about the coaching profession hosted by the Hellenic Olympic Committee and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and co-sponsored by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union. King was part of panel that discussed “The Voice of the Coach,” which touched on how sport is viewed as a profession around the world. The panel, part of the CoachForce21 conference, included representatives from the coaching profession from European Union countries, Canada, and the United States. Dr. King was jointly representing The Academy as an ICCE member and the United States Center for Coaching Excellence. “It was interesting to hear how the profession of coaching is [...]

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Sergey Eylanbekov’s Eisenhower Memorial Sculpture Placed on National Mall in Washington D.C.

2020-02-28T07:56:55-06:00February 26th, 2020|

The statues of Dwight D. Eisenhower and a group of paratroopers designed and sculpted by two-time United States Sports Academy Sport Artist of the Year Sergey Eylanbekov for the D.D. Eisenhower Memorial were recently placed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The memorial is designed by architect Frank Gehry. The memorial featuring Eylanbekov’s masterworks will be officially dedicated during a special ceremony on 8 May 2020 – the 75th anniversary of VE Day – on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The scene sculpted by Eylanbekov depicts a moment when Eisenhower spoke to solders with the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne division ahead of the Normandy invasion. Eylanbekov, the United States Sports Academy’s 2020 and 2004 Sport Artist of the Year – Sculptor, was selected to create [...]

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