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USSA Students Recognized on Fall 2023 Honor’s List

2024-02-15T11:13:29-06:00February 15th, 2024|

United States Sports Academy students who excelled during the Fall 2023 semester were honored by being included on the President’s List and Dean’s List. Those on the President’s List had a grade-point average of 4.0. Undergraduates on the Dean’s List had a grade-point average of 3.4-3.99, while graduate students on the Dean’s List had a grade-point average of 3.8-3.99. Graduate President's List:  Steven Graulau Eric Mann Radenko Miskovic Richard Ponce Undergraduate President's List:  Bartholomew Doucet Amara Gilbert Alfred Greenwood Hannah Walasik Graduate Dean's List:  Jackson Barber Jamie Joss Seth Weister Undergraduate Dean's List:  Nada Alhussain Sammie Arnsdorff Austin Caporale Santos Cruz Saul Diaz Dylan Dickey Petra Felix Christopher Fletcher Jensen Gilligan Jeremy Henderson Anthony Lactaoen Kirven Lang Isaiah Lauzon Ramses Martinez Ryan McKenrick Henry McMurphy Julia Norris Gregory O'Toole-Bierals Adrial [...]

USSA Signs Agreement to Help Shelton State Students Finish Bachelor’s Degrees

2024-02-01T10:44:08-06:00January 31st, 2024|

Shelton State Community College (SSCC) and the United States Sports Academy (USSA) have signed a Transfer Articulation Agreement aimed at creating a pathway for SSCC students with an associate degree who wish to continue their education to earn a bachelor’s degree from USSA. A signing event was held Tuesday, January 30, on SSCC’s Martin Campus. The new partnership will facilitate bachelor's degree attainment for students transferring from SSCC to a bachelor’s degree program at USSA. “Shelton State consistently works to secure transfer and job pathways for our students,” said Dr. Jonathan Koh, SSCC President. “This newest partnership with USSA gives our students an opportunity to explore exciting degrees and careers in sports, sports management, and other areas.” According to the terms of the agreement, USSA will accept credits for students [...]

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Decorated Olympians Dr. Noemi Zaharia and Cristian Zaharia Join USSA Family

2024-01-10T14:21:36-06:00January 9th, 2024|

The United States Sports Academy is bolstering its presence in the world of higher education and sport with the hiring of two decorated Olympians to its leadership and faculty roster. Olympic swimming medalist Dr. Noemi Zaharia and Olympic handball player Cristian Zaharia joined the USSA family in January. Dr. Noemi Zaharia is USSA’s new Director of Sport Leadership and an associate professor, while Cristian Zaharia is USSA’s Director of International Sport Business Development and a member of the faculty. “What a gift the Zaharias are to our USSA family,” USSA President Dr. Steve Condon said. “Olympic and world champions with the academic credentials, passion, and experience needed to lead a world class sports university. In my 44 years in higher education, I have never seen more talented, humble, student-focused global [...]

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Veteran Coach Ray Leone to Lead USSA Women’s Soccer Team

2024-01-24T11:27:28-06:00January 4th, 2024|

The United States Sports Academy is excited to announce the hiring of veteran collegiate coach Ray Leone as its inaugural Head Women’s Soccer Coach. Leone joins the Eagles with an extensive 38-year career coaching at major Division I schools, such as Creighton, Clemson, Arizona State, Harvard, and Maryland. In Leone's highly decorated coaching career, he has won six conference titles, two conference Coach of the Year awards, and has led four different schools to post season play. With 24 winning seasons and 309 head coaching wins, Leone is placed in the top-25 winningest coaches among active Division I head coaches. Leone has coached 25 professional players, Olympic gold medalists, and World Champions. Leone is also a 1990 graduate of USSA with a master of sports science degree. “I am excited [...]

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USSA Hosts Spirited Holiday Party for Local Deaf and Blind Students

2023-12-20T10:30:19-06:00December 20th, 2023|

The halls of the United States Sports Academy echoed with holiday cheer as the university hosted a group students from the Callahan Regional School for the Deaf and Blind for a Christmas party. The students from Mobile, Ala., were greeted by USSA artist in residence Nancy Raia, who treated them to a campus art tour, holiday-themed art activities, Christmas caroling with USSA faculty and staff, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. In addition to fun for the children, Amy Arnold Hess taught USSA staff how to navigate walking with a cane while blindfolded so they could gain an understanding of the daily life of the students. Baldwin County veteran, longtime dentist, and veteran’s advocate Dr. Barry Booth provided bus travel, lunch, gifts, and more for the students. Finally [...]

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Championship Coach Andy Canegitta Hired to Lead USSA Track and Field

2023-12-11T16:18:47-06:00December 11th, 2023|

The United States Sports Academy is pleased to announce the launch of Track & Field for the 2024-25 season with the hiring of head coach Andy Canegitta. Canegitta comes to the Eagles with an impressive collegiate Cross Country and Track & Field coaching resume.  Since 2014, Canegitta has served as the Head Cross Country and Track Coach at the University of Mobile, where he built the Rams to be a top NAIA program. Andy won two NAIA National Championships, two Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Championships, and was SSAC Conference Runner-ups seven times. Canegitta is a three-time SSAC Coach of the Year, earning the title in 2017, 2021, and 2022.  At Mobile, Canegitta instructed 21 All-Americans, 7 All-Freshman, 152 National Qualifiers, 340 SSAC All-Conference runners, 60 SSAC Outdoor Champions, and [...]

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USSA Students Recognized on Summer 2023 Honor Roll

2023-12-08T08:46:17-06:00December 7th, 2023|

United States Sports Academy students who excelled during the Summer 2023 semester were honored by being included on the President’s List and Dean’s List. Those on the President’s List had a grade-point average of 4.0. Undergraduates on the Dean’s List had a grade-point average of 3.4-3.99, while graduate students on the Dean’s List had a grade-point average of 3.8-3.99. President's List:  Steven Graulau Charles Allen Maleka Autman Austin Caporale Jeremie Collins Alfred Greenwood Andrew Heard Hilary Lakes Eric Mann Gregory O’Toole-Bierals Adriel Olea Edward Senter Dean's List:  Michael Grijalba Gabriel Pacheco Coleman Sprague Demetrius Clark Sergio Contreras Andy Hobbs Bartholomew Doucet Carlos Duprey Jeremy Henderson Richard Houk Christopher Reed Megan Tuttle Taylor Trawick

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Longtime Collegiate Coach Michael Neal to Lead First USSA Baseball Team

2023-12-06T15:38:56-06:00December 7th, 2023|

The United States Sports Academy announces the hire of Mike Neal as its inaugural Head Baseball Coach.  Neal comes to the Eastern Shore after spending 25 years as the Head Baseball Coach at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. Neal is the winningest coach in Blackburn College history in any sport finishing with 362 victories at Blackburn and currently has 437 victories collegiately.  During his time at Blackburn, Neal’s teams set the school record for victories in a season three times.  His 2002 team won the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) for the first time in school history and advanced to the NCAA Division III regional in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A year later his Blackburn team defeated Division I Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  In 2004, his team won the SLIAC conference for [...]

USSA Hires Morgan Cinello as First Softball Coach

2023-12-06T16:57:08-06:00December 6th, 2023|

United States Sports Academy’s President and Director of Athletics Dr. Steve Condon has named Morgan Cinello as the inaugural Head Softball Coach. Cinello comes to the Eagles from Gulf Shores High School, where she was an assistant since 2021.   Before her time at Gulf Shores, Cinello served in two stints at the University of Alabama as a graduate assistant and assistant coach. While there, the team went 188-55 and were named the SEC Regular Season Champions in 2019 and SEC Tournament Champions in 2021. The Crimson Tide made two super regional appearances and two College World Series appearances. Cinello worked for Wichita State University as their pitching coach for the 2020 season.  "After a national search, we are thrilled to announce the newest addition to our athletic family, Morgan Cinello, [...]

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Intelligent.com Honors United States Sports Academy with Four Awards

2023-12-06T10:51:17-06:00December 5th, 2023|

Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for program rankings and higher education planning, has included United States Sports Academy in its list of institutions assessed for 2024. Intelligent.com's institutional rankings, which are set apart from other conventional ratings, are deemed the benchmark of academic evaluations for online and hybrid programs. An exclusive methodology is used to rank each institution on a scale from 0 to 100 across six categories. Evaluations are based on quantitative measures such as academic quality, graduation rate, cost and ROI, and student resources. With top picks that are highly-regarded, affordable, and offer the tools and resources students need to successfully graduate and excel in their fields. Recent studies show that Bachelor’s degree holders earn 75% more than those with just a high school diploma. Moreover, the trajectory of [...]

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USSA Working to Provide Education Opportunities to USA Rugby Eagle Alumni Association Members

2023-11-27T10:39:48-06:00November 27th, 2023|

The United States Sports Academy (USSA) is working to provide degree and non-degree sport education programs to members of the USA Rugby Eagle Alumni Association to help them find careers in the sports field when their playing days end. USA Rugby, the USA Rugby Eagle Alumni Association and the United States Sports Academy (USSA) are proud to announce a new partnership aimed at career advancement for the USA Eagles rugby alumni and athletes. Through the partnership, USSA will provide discounted education opportunities to previous, current, and future USA Rugby National Team players accepted into its academic programs. Known around the world as America’s Sports University, USSA offers accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees in sports management, sports coaching, sports exercise science, and sports studies. It also offers non-degree courses, continuing education, [...]

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USSA Honoring Jim Thorpe’s Legacy with Scholarships, Special Course, Room on Campus

2023-11-01T15:26:02-05:00November 1st, 2023|

For more than 50 years, the United States Sports Academy (USSA) has been dedicated to providing students with high quality sport education programs, while preserving the legacy of sport and its athletes across the span of time. Now, USSA is carrying its mission forward after it received permission from the family of Jim Thorpe to offer scholarships, an educational course, and memorabilia room in the name of the legendary multi-sport athlete. In addition, USSA has submitted an application to receive designation as an official Olympic Studies Center, as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). If approved, USSA will name its Olympic Studies Center – the only one of its kind in the United States – after Thorpe. Born in Indian Territory in what is now modern day Oklahoma, Thorpe [...]