Academy Instructors Teaching in Thailand and United Arab Emirates

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy recently sent several of its instructors to teach in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Thailand as part of the institution’s mission to expand sport education opportunities around the world. Academy instructors Dr. Bonnie Tiell, Dr. Christopher Rampacek, Dr. Marc Margolies, Dr. Phillip Capps and Charles Temple taught abroad as part of the Academy’s partnerships with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) and the United Arab Emirates…

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Sports Talk

NFL Draft Preview

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Sports fans, mark your calendar to tune in live at 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 will discuss the upcoming NFL Draft, joined by Dr. Bret Simmermacher, Academy chair of sports coaching; Dr. Fred Cromartie, Academy director of doctoral studies; and Ben Billman, graduate teaching assistant. You can view the live stream or view…

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Academy 2004 Sport Artist of the Year Sergey Eylanbekov to Create Sculptures for Eisenhower Memorial

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Sergey Eylanbekov, one of the world’s top sculptors and the United States Sports Academy’s 2004 Sport Artist of the Year, has designed the monumental sculptures which will form an integral part of the Memorial Core of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed by the legendary architect Mr. Frank Gehry. The sculptures were designed in consultation with Mr. Gehry. One composition of Eylanbekov’s bronze sculptures will represent Eisenhower as the…

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In Memoriam: USA Swimming Executive Director and 2016 Academy Honorary Doctorate Recipient Chuck Wielgus

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Chuck Wielgus, the longtime Executive Director of USA Swimming, passed away on Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colo., after suffering complications from colon cancer, which he had been battling since 2006. Wielgus was the recipient of the United States Sports Academy’s 2016 Honorary Doctorate for his lifetime of service to the sport of swimming. For more information about Wielgus’ passing, please visit: https://www.usaswimming.org/news-landing-page/2017/04/23/usa-swimming-mourns-passing-of-executive-director-chuck-wielgus To read the Academy’s coverage of Wielgus and the 2016…

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Academy Board of Visitors Member and Honoree Dr. Gaylon McCollough Named 2017 Distinguished Sportsman

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The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (ASHOF) Board of Directors has announced that Dr. Gaylon McCollough and Pete Derzis will be recognized as the 2017 Distinguished Sportsmen at the ASHOF 49th Induction Banquet on Saturday, 13 May 2017. McCollough, who lives in Gulf Shores, Ala., is a member of the United States Sports Academy’s Board of Visitors and was the Academy’s 2015 Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award winner. A renowned facial plastic surgeon, McCollough is being…

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Sports Writer Philip Hersh Receives 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Philip Hersh, a long-time sports writer for the Chicago Tribune, has received a 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy for his commitment to reporting on the global world of sport, including his notable coverage of the Olympic Games. As part of its annual Awards of Sport program, the Academy presents the Distinguished Service Award to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction,…

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Sports Talk

Spring Sports Preview and Professional Sports Playoff Discussion

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Sports fans, mark your calendar to tune in live at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program. This week, Sports Talk moderator Ben Billman, Academy graduate teaching assistant, will discuss the spring sports season, NBA and NHL playoffs, and more, joined by Dr. Fred Cromartie, Academy director of doctoral studies; and Dr. Brandon Spradley, Academy director of sports management. You can view the…

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Sindarius Thornwell and Morgan William

Thornwell, William Named United States Sports Academy March Athletes of the Month

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DAPHNE, Ala. – University of South Carolina basketball player Sindarius Thornwell and Mississippi State basketball player Morgan William have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for March. Thornwell averaged 23.6 points, 7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists and shot 40.6 percent from behind the three-point line as the Gamecocks advanced to their first NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four in school history in March. He scored at least…

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Sprinter Omara Durand Receives 2016 Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Disabled Athlete Award from the United States Sports Academy

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Cuban sprinter Omara Durand, the world’s fastest female Paralympian, has been presented the 2016 Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Disabled Athlete Award from the United States Sports Academy. The Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC President’s Disabled Athlete Award is presented annually to the physically or mentally challenged athlete who displays courage, desire, and athletic ability in the face of adversity to achieve the goals set forth in the athlete’s particular arena of competition. The…

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Derek Williams

Cincinnati Christian Basketball Coach Derek Williams Says Academy Mentorship Helped Launch College Coaching Career

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Derek Williams will soon enter his second season as the head women’s basketball coach at Cincinnati Christian University, an accomplishment he attributes to his United States Sports Academy education and mentorship. Williams has risen through the ranks of basketball coaching, from his beginning as a middle school coach to leading a collegiate program. Williams earned his Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports studies from the Academy in 2014 and a master’s degree in coaching…

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Jennifer Saylor

Academy Alumna Jennifer Saylor Named to Lead Rockford University Volleyball

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United States Sports Academy alumna Jennifer Saylor, a successful volleyball coach with experience at both the high school and collegiate levels, has been named head coach of the women’s volleyball program at Rockford University in Rockford, Ill. Saylor previously spent five years as head volleyball coach at both Morton High School in Morton, Ill., and the Capital Volleyball Academy in Madison, Wisc. She also served as head volleyball coach for four years at Lake Forest…

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Aaron Muhic

United States Sports Academy Alumnus Aaron Muhic’s College Basketball Coaching Career Spans Two Countries

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Aaron Muhic, who has more than 21 years of head basketball coaching experience in the United States, has taken on a new professional adventure — coaching in Canada. The United States Sports Academy alumnus is currently rebuilding the men’s basketball program at Trinity Western University (TWU). Muhic, a Sacramento, Calif., native, earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 1996. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University,…

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