Sports Talk

NCAA Basketball March Madness 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 Dr. Stephen Butler will discuss the NCAA basketball tournament, joined by Dr. Bret Simmermacher, Academy chair of sports coaching; and Ben Billman, graduate teaching assistant. You can view the live stream or view the program afterwards at the Academy’s YouTube site…

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Tom Brady and Kelsey Plum

Tom Brady, Kelsey Plum Named United States Sports Academy February Athletes of the Month

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DAPHNE, Ala. – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and University of Washington basketball star Kelsey Plum have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for February. Brady completed 43 of 62 passes for 466 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in Super Bowl LI on 5 February 2017. Brady was named the game’s MVP after leading the Patriots back from a…

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United States Sports Academy Receives Highest Rating for Financial Management

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The United States Sports Academy recently received the highest possible rating of “3” on the U.S. Department of Education’s latest annual financial responsibility test, which was released this month and covers the 2014-15 fiscal year. The annual test looks at income, equity and reserves to rate the financial health of the nation’s colleges and universities. Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to…

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Preview with Coach Ronnie Arrow

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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 preview the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament, joined by special guest Ronnie Arrow, former basketball coach at the University of South Alabama and Texas A&M Corpus Christi; Dr. Bret Simmermacher, Academy chair of sports coaching; and Ben Billman,…

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graduates

Congratulations to our recent graduates, who are from across the country and around the world.

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Doctoral Graduates Dr. Lorenda Lynn Prier (Juno Beach, Fla.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Marketing emphasis, With Honors Master’s Graduates Paul K. Honnold (Okinawa, Japan) – M.S.S. Sports Medicine, M.S.S. Sports Health and Fitness, With Honors Jacqueline A. Loper (Mobile, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies, Personal Training emphasis, With Honors David J. Valescente (Groton, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies, With Honors Ammon L. Sullivan III (Lexington, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Management Bachelor’s Graduate Stephen L….

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Mark Janas

Academy Alumnus and Inventor Dr. Mark Janas Debuts Virtual Endurance Racing Platform

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Inventor, innovator and business developer Dr. Mark Janas, a United States Sports Academy alumnus, has developed and launched a virtual racing platform designed to revolutionize the world of endurance racing and charitable fundraising, the latest of many products he has created to integrate sport and technology. Janas, who earned his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management with a sports medicine emphasis in 2011, was the Academy’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year. His latest invention,…

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Betsy Conaty

Star in UNC Women’s Soccer Dynasty Pursuing Academy Doctoral Degree

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Betsy Conaty was one of the stars behind the start of University of North Carolina’s historic and remarkable run of women’s soccer dominance. Her winning goal in the inaugural NCAA women’s soccer championship match in 1982 gave the Tar Heels their first national championship, the first of 22 the program has won to date. A 1985 North Carolina graduate, Conaty is now pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management with an emphasis in…

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Torre Becton

Academy Alumnus Torre Becton Named Coach of Cal Football Strength and Conditioning Program

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United States Sports Academy alumnus Torre Becton is using his Academy education to climb to high levels in the college football coaching world.  Becton – who earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports studies in 2014 – was recently hired as the head strength and conditioning coach for the University of California Berkeley football team. A native of Kinston, N.C., Becton played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education/fitness…

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Syrian Refugee Ibrahim Al-Hussein Wins Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award from the United States Sports Academy

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Paralympic swimmer and Syrian refugee Ibrahim Al-Hussein has been presented the 2016 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award from the United States Sports Academy for showing courage and dedication to his sport in the face of incredible odds. Al-Hussein recently was presented the award at the offices of the Hellenic Paralympic Committee in Athens, Greece, by Sakis Kostaris, managing director, and Paralympian Athanasios Tsivilis, committee member at large. The Mildred “Babe” Didrikson…

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Coaching Changes in Major College Athletics

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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. Bret Simmermacher, Academy chair of sports coaching, will discuss the recent coaching changes in major college athletics, joined by Dr. Brandon Spradley, director of sports management; Chris Coker, director of continuing education; and Ben Billman, graduate teaching assistant. You can…

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Academy Founder Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich Named to Mobile Sports Hall of Fame

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Founding President of the United States Sports Academy and a long-time leader in sport and sport education around the globe, has been named to the Mobile (Ala.) Sports Hall of Fame (MSHOF). Rosandich will be honored during the 2017 Induction Banquet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 6 April 2017, at Mobile’s Battle House Hotel. Founded in 1988, the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame honors the city of Mobile’s…

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Voting Open for Academy Athlete of the Month for February

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DAPHNE, Ala. – 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 – six male and six female – from eight 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….

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