United States Sports Academy and Finnish Health and Wellness Company Sign Cooperative Agreement

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has signed a cooperative agreement with the Finnish company ProFTraining Finland to provide educational opportunities to students in Finland seeking to work in the health and fitness field, as well as integrate the company’s health care techniques into Academy coursework. Under the new agreement, ProFTraining will be given exclusive rights to promote in Finland the Academy’s bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, as well as its post-secondary non-degree…

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Non-Resident Faculty Member / Adjunct Art Instructor

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The Faculty member will teach and administer classes online via distance learning. The Faculty member will participate in required faculty training events, and provide student support as needed. Qualifications Master’s degree in fine arts or related field is required (terminal degree preferred) along with teaching experience in arts or related field and scholarly productivity. Experience with distance learning administration and online delivery system is highly desirable. Excellent computer literacy, verbal and written communications skills are…

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Artist Donates Original Painting of First Televised Olympics to American Sport Art Museum & Archives

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Local artist Robert Lord Zimlich recently donated an original painting, “First Televised Olympics,” to the United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA). Zimlich presented the life-size assemblage to Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich. Zimlich said the painting is one in his latest in a series representing firsts in sports history, from Sumerian cave art of boxing to the present. The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games were the…

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Chair of Sports Coaching

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The Department Chair will provide instruction in both residential and online settings, undertake administrative activities in the Division of Academic Affairs; provide academic, portfolio and mentorship advising to students and assist with curricular development and course writing for the discipline. The Faculty member will also undertake such research and writing as needed for professional development and participate in service activities as requested. Qualifications An earned doctorate in a Sports related discipline with at least five…

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Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to our recent graduates, who hail from across the country.

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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. Alyssa B. Czarnecki (Topsfield, Mass.) –…

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Grant Watley

Academy Alumnus Grant Watley Named Cross Country, Track and Field Coach at Midland University

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DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy alumnus Grant Watley said his Academy master’s degree taught him more than just the “x’s and o’s” of coaching, which he says has contributed to the advancement of his career by recently being named head cross country and track and field coach at Midland University in Fremont, Neb. A native of Lincoln, Neb., Watley earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching in 2011. He previously…

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Greg Walker

Academy Alumnus Named to Volleyball Coaching Team at Southern Cal

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DAPHNE, Ala. — United States Sports Academy alumnus Greg Walker, whose volleyball coaching experience includes leading the U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, has been named assistant men’s volleyball coach for the University of Southern California. Walker earned his Bachelor of Sports Science in sports coaching cum laude from the Academy in 2012 and served the past three years the head men’s volleyball coach at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut,…

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Kristene Kelly

Academy Alumna Dr. Kristene Kelly Named Senior Associate Athletics Director at Prestigious Dartmouth College

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Veteran collegiate athletics administrator and United States Sports Academy doctoral alumna Dr. Kristene Kelly has been named the senior associate athletics director and Senior Woman Administrator at the prestigious Ivy League school Dartmouth College. Kelly started her work at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., on 1 August 2018 after spending the previous two years as the athletics director at Keene State College in Keene, N.H. She has extensive experience in athletics administration at…

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Director of Communications and Marketing

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The Director of Communications and Marketing reports to the President and CEO and is responsible for leading the Academy’s strategic marketing and communications efforts.  This includes serving on the President’s Cabinet and the marketing committee. The position is responsible for development and evaluation of communications, marketing and advertising plans and materials, publications (print and electronic), media relations and press releases, brand promotion, social media strategies, and awards programs, as well as supervising the Department of…

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Academy Mourns Loss of Nat Indrapana, a Key Figure in Thai Sports

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The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of Nat Indrapana, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and a key figure in the development of sport in Thailand and Asia. Indrapana, who passed recently at age 80, served the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) as its vice-governor (1989-1996) and as a member of the SAT Board (2002-2006). For the past 12 years, the Academy and the SAT have partnered for a Memorandum…

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Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for July

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for July and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from 10 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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Academy Sport Artist Charles Billich Meets with Pope, Will Paint Vatican Cityscape

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Two-time United States Sports Academy Sport Artist of the Year and world-renowned contemporary surrealist painter Charles Billich recently had an audience with Pope Francis and was commissioned to paint one of his famous cityscapes in honor of the Vatican City. Billich, one of the most famous and prolific living Australian painters, was named the Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year in 2013 and 1999, joining renowned painter Ernie Barnes as the only…

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