Academy Expands International Sport Education Efforts with Presidential Tour of Nations

2019-04-23T14:04:47-05:00April 23rd, 2019|

With members of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) looking on, PSC Chairman William Ramirez and Dr. T.J. Rosandich sign a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the establishment of sports education programs in sports coaching, management and physical education/coaching to be taught by the Academy in the Philippines. The United States Sports Academy continued to expand its efforts to enhance its post-secondary, non-degree international sport education programs as President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich visited sport leaders in a host of countries. The Academy President spent a month visiting sport, education, and government leaders in the Philippines, India, Jordan, Nepal, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. “Since its founding in 1972, the Academy has always had an international orientation,” said Rosandich. “This view is reflected in its mission statement and [...]

Academy Library Director Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson Presents at Book Festival in Hattiesburg, Miss.

2019-04-23T10:53:05-05:00April 23rd, 2019|

Academy library director Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson United States Sports Academy library director Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson recently made a presentation on faculty reader advisory programs at a book festival in Hattiesburg, Miss. Pacetti-Donelson spoke at the 52nd annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival in Hattiesburg. The book festival, originally developed to promote the de Grummond Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi has grown into a regional festival to recognize and celebrate children’s books. Pacetti-Donelson spoke to librarians and educators about providing professional development for teachers that promotes reading motivation in the classroom. An expert in young adult literature, Pacetti-Donelson is a veteran of K-12 education, a former Teacher of the Year, and an instructional technologist and school librarian. She is a passionate library advocate, frequent speaker about instructional technology and [...]

Chair of Sports Coaching Dr. Roch King Teaches Sports Psychology in Thailand

2019-04-23T10:47:03-05:00April 23rd, 2019|

Academy Chair of Sports Coaching Dr. Roch King United States Sports Academy Chair of Sports Coaching Dr. Roch King is teaching an advanced sports psychology course as part of the institution’s National Sports Coaching Program (NCSP) in Thailand. This is the 14th consecutive year that the Academy has taught its international certification program to provide advanced sport education to prepare students in Thailand for careers in sport. The NCSP is part of the Academy’s agreement with the Sport Authority of Thailand (SAT) to provide post-secondary, non-degree programs in Bangkok designed to prepare people there for careers in coaching and related athletic professions. The Academy teaches the International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program in Thailand, which includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, and the [...]

Chen, Zagitova Named United States Sports Academy March Athletes of the Month

2019-04-12T10:37:19-05:00April 12th, 2019|

A pair of top figure skaters have swept the United States Sports Academy’s contest for March Male and Female Athlete of the Month. American Nathan Chen won the men’s award while Russia’s Alina Zagitova took home the women’s honor. Chen defended his world title at the 2019 World Figure Skating Championships in Japan on 23 March 2019. Chen scored a total of 323.42 points to fend off Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, who took second place. For the season, Chen won three gold medals on the grand prix circuit, a third consecutive national title and a second consecutive world title. Zagitova won the women’s gold medal at the International Skating Union World Figure Skating Championship in Japan on 22 March 2019. Zagitova scored a total of 237.50 points, 12.74 more than her [...]

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Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2019-04-09T13:20:12-05:00April 9th, 2019|

Editor’s note:  Since students of the United States Sports Academy are able to complete their coursework and degree requirements on their own schedule, the Academy throughout each month immediately awards degrees to students who complete requirements. Students are not required to wait to the end of a semester or term to receive their degrees. The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Doctoral Graduate Dr. Jesse Leroy Godding (Waxahachie, Texas) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership Emphasis Master’s Graduates Jesse Muir Cuslidge (Fresno, Calif.) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Management and Sports Studies Theresa Elizabeth DeWitt (Russell Springs, Texas) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching Kenrdra Ann Eckstrom (Dania Beach, Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Management Hollis K. Riley (Shelton, Wash.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

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Faculty and Staff Prepare for Crawfish Relay Led by Alumnus Anthony D’Onofrio

2019-04-09T13:55:27-05:00April 9th, 2019|

Faculty and staff at the United States Sports Academy are preparing to serve as part of the 2019 Crawfish Relay organized by Academy alumnus Anthony D’Onofrio. D’Onofrio is the director of the graduate athletic administration program at Endicott College in Boston, Mass. He is also the owner and director of the Crawfish Relay, a 200-mile running and cycling relay that begins in New Orleans, La., and ends at the historic Flora-Bama at the Alabama-Florida state line on the Gulf Coast. D’Onofrio earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management in 1997. D’Onofrio has worked in athletics administration, sports management, event organization and marketing since earning his Academy degree. “The biggest thing that my Academy education did for my career was that it helped me to build my professional [...]

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Academy Degrees Opened Doors for Dr. Thomas Sather’s Career at Defense Health Agency

2019-04-09T13:51:15-05:00April 9th, 2019|

United States Sports Academy graduate Dr. Thomas Sather said his master’s and doctoral degrees from the institution opened doors to his career serving the U.S. Navy and the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Sather is the chief of policy and programs, education and training of the DHA, a joint, integrated Combat Support Agency that enables the Army, Navy, and Air Force medical services to provide a medically ready force and a ready medical force to combatant commands in peace and wartime. He previously served as in several roles for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps for 19 years. He earned both his Master of Sports Science (M.S.S.) degree and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degrees from the Academy. “The United States Sports Academy was key to opening doors of opportunity for me,” [...]

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Drew Richards Hired to Coach Men’s Basketball at Lander University

2019-04-09T11:58:10-05:00April 9th, 2019|

After being named one of the top assistant basketball coaches in the country last year, United States Sports Academy alumnus Drew Richards has been hired as the head men’s basketball coach at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. Richards was ranked as one of the best assistant coaches in NCAA Division II by CoachStat.net, a website that uses analytical data to compile a comprehensive ranking of men’s basketball coaches in a variety of categories, for his work as associate head coach at the University of North Carolina Pembroke (UNCP). He was hired by Lander University in March 2019. Richards earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Missouri State University, where he was a four-year [...]

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Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for March

2019-04-04T10:42:36-05:00April 4th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for March and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from four countries comprise the list. Each month, the public is invited to participate in the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes and then voting online during the first week of every month. The online votes are used to guide the Academy selection committee in choosing the male and female monthly winners, who then become eligible for selection to the prestigious Athlete of the Year ballot. A worldwide public vote on the annual ballot is used to guide the committee in making the final selection. Everyone is encouraged to cast a [...]

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Academy’s Adaptive Sports Certificate Program in Bahrain Graduates 223 Students

2019-03-26T13:56:02-05:00March 26th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy’s program to train physical education teachers and coaches in the Kingdom of Bahrain to meet the needs of athletes with adaptive needs has culminated with 223 students completing the program. Academy National Faculty member Marty Floyd traveled to the island nation in the Middle East three times since June 2018 to teach the post-secondary, non-degree certificate program in disabled and adaptive sport for the Bahrain Sports Federation for Disabilities (BSFD). The Adaptive Sports program is a unique course of advanced study designed for coaches and physical education teachers who have or want to have experience working with athletes with varying degrees of adaptive needs. The program has a two-pronged approach that includes working with competitive athletes and developing inclusive programs for recreational athletes. The program has [...]

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Academy Continues Sport Certification Program in Thailand for 14th Consecutive Year

2019-03-26T09:49:25-05:00March 26th, 2019|

For the 14th consecutive year the United States Sports Academy will continue its international certification program to provide advanced sport education to prepare students in Thailand for careers in sport. The post-secondary, non-degree programs in Bangkok are designed to prepare people in Thailand for careers in coaching and related athletic professions. The International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, while the International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities. Each year under the program approximately 100 students are drawn from the Sport Authority of Thailand (SAT) and its affiliated sport organizations around the country to attend the certification programs -- typically 50 for each certification. Following the [...]

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Academy’s Sports Coaching Master’s Degree Earns ‘Best Degree Program’ Designation

2019-03-26T09:38:44-05:00March 26th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy’s master’s degree program in sports coaching has been ranked as one of the top of its kind by OnlineMasters.com, an industry-leading educational research organization. The Academy was featured in the organization’s Best Online Master’s in Sports Coaching Programs list for 2019, which identified the top programs in the nation that are the best in the areas of curriculum quality, program flexibility, affordability, and graduate outcomes. For information about the Academy’s master’s degree programs, visit: https://ussa.edu/academics/master-sports-science/ The Academy also earned the organization’s “Best Mentorship Option” designation for its mentorship program, which gets students away from the books and computer and into the office, onto the field or court, analyzing video, crunching statistics, managing facilities, promoting events and any number of activities. The mentorship provides students with [...]

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