The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of Mohamad Tahir Bin Kamaruzaman, the former longtime Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of USSA-Malaysia, who passed away on Friday, 24 September 2021. A widely respected educator and administrator, Kamaruzaman, known to friends and colleagues as “Haji Tahir” worked as the USSA-Malaysia CAO for eight years. He was also an alumnus of the Academy, having been part of the institution’s first group of Malaysian students in the International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program through the Malaysian MSN – the country’s central sports organization – in the early 1980s. He also held a master’s degree in sports science from the University of Malaysia. Kamaruzaman played a significant role in program planning and curriculum development for USSA-Malaysia, tailoring the Academy’s programs to fit [...]
American Olympic gold medalists Kevin Durant and Sydney McLaughlin are the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month after their achievements on the world stage at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in August. . Durant earned MVP honors as Team USA won the Men’s Olympic Basketball Tournament at Tokyo 2020. Durant averaged 20.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists to lead the Americans to gold and scored 29 in the 83-76 finals win against France. McLaughlin broke her own world record and the Olympic record and won gold with a time of 51.46 seconds in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. McLaughlin held off compatriot Dalilah Muhammad, whose time of 51.58 would have also broken McLaughlin’s previous record of 51.90. McLaughlin was also part of the American [...]
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 Wiley C. Branch (Durant, Miss.) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Health & Fitness and Sports Medicine Derrick Burroughs (Villa Rica, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports Management Warren A. Patterson (Malone, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching Bachelor’s Graduates Rafael Gutierrez (Heartland, Texas) – B.S.S. Sports Strength & Conditioning, Magna Cum Laude Frederick A. Koeller (Warrensburg, Mo.) – B.S.S. Sports Management James E. Pressler (Emmaus, Pa.) – B.S.S. Sports Management, Recreation Management emphasis
Worldwide online voting is now open for the United States Sports Academy’s August Athlete of the Month ballot, featuring 12 candidates from eight countries who made an impact in their sport during the month. 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, 9 September 2021. Male nominees are Kevin Durant, basketball, United States; Jakob Ingebrigtsen, athletics, Norway; Eliud Kipchoge, marathon, Kenya; Matt Turner, football (soccer), United States; Karsten Warholm, athletics, Norway; and Damian Warner, decathlon, Canada. Female nominees are Janja Garnbret, sport climbing, Slovenia; Nelly Korda, golf, United States; Sydney McLaughlin, athletics, United States; Yulimar Rojas, athletics, Venezuela; Nafissatou Thiam, heptathlon, Belgium; and Elaine Thompson-Herah, athletics, Jamaica. Each month, the public is invited to participate [...]
The United States Sports Academy recently recognized five employees for longevity and meritorious service during a ceremony on the school’s campus in Daphne, Ala. Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich presented a 10-year meritorious service award to finance coordinator Mindy Malinowski and five-year awards to student information systems coordinator Rich Frank, director of communications and marketing Eric Mann, director of recreation management and sports studies Dr. Sandra Geringer, and web master Corey Blake.
The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden, winner of the institution’s 1992 Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award and 2009 Distinguished Service Award. Bowden, the longtime head football coach at Florida State University, passed away in Tallahassee, Fla., on 8 August 2021 at age 91. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Bowden coached his teams to 377 wins in 40 seasons and turned Florida State into one of college football’s great dynasties with two national championships in 34 seasons there. His Seminoles won 12 Atlantic Coast Conference titles and won the national championship in 1993 and 1999.
United States Sports Academy 2003 Sport Artist of the Year Roald Bradstock, a two-time Olympian, recently took part in his fourth Olympic Games in Tokyo. Only this time, the javelin thrower did so as a painter working as an Olympian Artist in Residence as part of the first-ever Olympic Agora, a unique cultural hub in the host city. Bradstock’s art was part of a series created by current and past Olympians and a Paralympian who are “now renowned artists,” according to organizers. In addition to Bradstock, the Academy’s 2016 Sport Artist of the Year Gregory Burns also participated in the program. Burns is a world champion Paralympic swimmer who has won five gold and silver medals and broken four world records in three Paralympic Games. The Olympian Artists in Residence [...]
The United States Sports Academy recommenced the delivery of its International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) and International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) virtually in June 2021. The program culminated with a virtual closing ceremony in August. The post-secondary, non-degree programs, traditionally taught in person on the ground in Bangkok, were delivered 100 percent online in Zoom sessions throughout the summer. Approximately 60 Thai students - 30 in ICSM and 30 in ICSC - participated in the courses, which were delivered in five sessions. The sessions covered elite sports and athlete management, as well as sports coaching and management topics. The closing ceremony featured remarks from SAT Governor Dr. Gongsak Todmani and Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich. Sports education cooperation between [...]
After their impressive performances in the pool at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, American swimmers Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky were voted the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month for July. Dressel became just the fourth man in history to win five gold medals in a single Olympics after finishing with wins in the 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle, 4x100-meter freestyle and 4x100-meter medley events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in July. He broke his own world record in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 49.25 seconds and set Olympic records in both the 100-meter freestyle (47.02 seconds) and 50-meter freestyle (21.07 seconds). Ledecky won two gold and two silver medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in July. Ledecky won her third consecutive 800-meter freestyle Olympic gold [...]
Worldwide online voting is now open for the United States Sports Academy’s July Athlete of the Month ballot, featuring 12 candidates from six countries who made an impact in their sport during the month. 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 August 2021. Male nominees are Selemon Barega, athletics, Ethiopia; Caeleb Dressel, swimming, United States; Daiki Hashimoto, gymnastics, Japan; Collin Moriwaka, golf, United States; Shohei Ohtani, baseball, Japan; and Tadej Pogačar, cycling, Slovenia. Female nominees are Ashleigh Barty, tennis, Australia; Yamato Fujita, softball, Japan; Lee Kiefer, fencing, United States; Katie Ledecky, swimming, United States; Sunisa Lee, gymnastics, United States; and Elaine Thompson-Herah, athletics, Jamaica. Each month, the public is invited to participate in [...]
Olympic Themed Works by 2019 Sport Artist of the Year Steven Lester on Display at RobertKent Galleries
The works of American painter Steven Lester will be featured at an Olympic-themed exhibition at the RobertKent Galleries in Marietta, Ga., on Friday, July 23. Known for his paintings that depict action sports themes that resonate with vibrant life and elicit a visceral and emotional response, Lester was the United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Sport Artist of the Year. The show includes 13 narrative paintings of untold or under told Olympic stories. Lester’s particular style of ‘narrative’ art lends itself well to telling the unique stories of Olympic Athletes. “I see with my heart and I paint with my hands, but I always desire to provoke fascination, imagination and wonder,” Lester said. Lester was invited to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to present an exhibition of his Olympic-themed paintings [...]
A baseball player having a historic season and a dominant swimmer were voted the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month after their performances on the world stage in the month of June. Baseball rising star Shohei Ohtani of Japan and American swimmer Katie Ledecky took home the honors for the month. Los Angeles Angels two-way player Ohtani earned American League Player of the Month honors for June 2021 after batting .309/.423/.889 with 13 homeruns and winning two games as a pitcher with three quality starts. Ohtani’s 13 homers led the AL in the month and his .889 slugging percentage and 1.312 OPS led the majors. Ledecky won the women’s 800-meter freestyle race with a time of 8:14.62, the second fastest time in the world this year, and qualified [...]