Nadal, Andreescu Named Academy September Athletes of the Month

2019-10-15T11:14:58-05:00October 15th, 2019|

The champions of the U.S. Open tennis Grand Slam tournament Rafael Nadal and Bianca Andreescu have been named the United States Sports Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month for September. Nadal, of Spain, won his fourth U.S. Open title with a five-set win over Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in New York on 8 September 2019. Nadal won 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 for his 19th career Grand Slam title. The Canadian Andreescu stunned American Serena Williams to win her first major title at the U.S. Open in New York on 7 September 2019. Andreescu, 19, defeated the heavily favored Williams 6-3, 7-5. The second place finisher on the men’s side was American sprinter Christian Coleman and third place went to American football player Patrick Mahomes. Coleman captured the men’s [...]

Leading Concussion Education Advocate Dr. Chris Nowinski Earns United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award

2019-10-15T11:05:47-05:00October 15th, 2019|

Dr. Chris Nowinski Dr. Chris Nowinski, one of the world’s leading advocates for sport related concussion research and education, has been named the recipient of the United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award. Nowinski is a social entrepreneur leading a global conversation on concussions, CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), and the future of sports. He is co-founder and CEO of the non-profit Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF), and author of the critically acclaimed 2006 book “Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis.” Nowinski is also a co-founder and investigator at the Boston University CTE Center. He has coauthored more than 30 scientific publications, including a groundbreaking study published last week in Annals of Neurology that found each year playing tackle football increases the odds of developing CTE by [...]

LPGA Market Research Director Kerrilyn Curtin is Academy’s Student of the Month

2019-10-08T13:15:03-05:00October 8th, 2019|

Golf is the foundation upon which United States Sports Academy Student of the Month Kerrilyn Curtin’s life has been built. Curtin works full time as the market research director for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and is raising a family with her husband, Brian, who is the general manager of a golf club in New York. Because of the Academy’s flexible learning options, she’s also able to pursue her Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the institution at the same time. “The Academy has provided me the flexibility to be a full time working mother and to pursue my doctorate at the same time,” Curtin said. “For someone like me, who works full time and has a family and a busy life, the Academy’s scheduling options are [...]

Academy Doctoral Alumnus Dr. Craig Bogar Holds Faculty Leadership Role with American Public University System

2019-10-08T13:27:16-05:00October 8th, 2019|

Dr. Craig Bogar said his doctoral degree from the United States Sports Academy helped him secure his position in a faculty leadership role in the American Public University System (APUS). Bogar, who lives in Gulf Shores, Ala., earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2010. He is also a former dean of student services and adjunct faculty member at the Academy, pursuing his doctoral education while working full time at the institution. Today he serves APUS as an associate professor of sport management and the faculty director for the School of Health Sciences, where he oversees the work of approximately 140 faculty members. APUS is an online learning institution that is composed of the American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU). “I [...]

Troy Basketball Assistant Jermaine Johnson Learned How to Lead in Academy Bachelor’s Program

2019-10-08T13:19:55-05:00October 8th, 2019|

Collegiate men’s basketball assistant coach Jermaine Johnson said he learned how to be a transformational leader while earning his bachelor’s degree from the United States Sports Academy. Johnson was recently hired by Troy (Ala.) University as an assistant to head coach Scott Cross. He previously spent five seasons as an assistant coach – then associate head coach – at the University of Tennessee-Martin. Johnson said the Academy taught him to take a holistic view of coaching, to see the job as a collection of pieces and parts that are intimately connected. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 2007. “I appreciated that the Academy was so focused on the details,” Johnson said. “The curriculum was detail oriented and focused on methodology, and [...]

Vote Now for United States Sports Academy Athlete of the Month for September

2019-10-03T08:56:39-05:00October 3rd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for September and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates from six countries comprise the list. Everyone is encouraged to cast a vote on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu. Voting will continue until 5 p.m. Central time on Thursday, 10 October 2019. Male nominees are Kenenisa Bekele, running, Ethiopia; Gerrit Cole, baseball, United States; Christian Coleman, track and field, United States; Patrick Mahomes, football, United States; Rafael Nadal, tennis, Spain; and Errol Spence Jr., boxing, United States. Female nominees are Bianca Andreescu, tennis, Canada; Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, track and field, Jamaica; Adeline Gray, wrestling, United States; Alysa Liu, figure skating, United States; Carolina Marin, badminton, Spain; and Volha Silkina, pentathlon, Belarus. Each month, [...]

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Thai Students Graduate from Academy’s Longstanding Sports Certification Programs

2019-09-24T13:19:01-05:00September 24th, 2019|

Thai students, along with leaders from the Sports Authority of Thailand, are pictured with Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich during a visit to the institution’s campus in Daphne, Ala. The United States Sports Academy’s longstanding certification program to provide advanced sport education to students in Thailand continued recently as three groups of Thai students visited the institution’s campus in Daphne, Ala. 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. In addition, students [...]

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Academy Mourns Loss of Longtime Administrator Dr. Nabil Elattar

2019-09-24T14:04:24-05:00September 24th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of longtime administrator and friend Dr. Nabil Elattar, who passed away recently at age 84. Elattar played a significant role in the marketing and program administration of the Academy’s sport education programs in the Middle East. Elattar worked for the institution in an administrative role in Saudi Arabia for more than a decade playing an important role in client relations and public relations. Elattar also worked throughout the Arabian Gulf region and with his knowledge of Arabian culture, played an important role in implementing the Academy’s sports and physical fitness programs in the countries in which the Academy worked. Elattar will be fondly remembered and missed by everyone at the Academy.

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Academy Launches Sports Management Program with Partners in Finland

2019-09-24T08:56:25-05:00September 24th, 2019|

Pictured are Proftraining Finland’s Atte Varsta (front) with International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) students and Varala Sports Institute Director Juha Antikainen, right. Students and Academy faculty are also pictured participating via an online teleconference. The Finnish Varala Sports Institute and Proftraining Finland recently launched the United States Sports Academy’s International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) in Finland to help students in that country train for careers as sport professionals. Coursework for the ICSM is offered in English, online, under the guidance of Academy instructors. At the end of the coursework, a symposium will be held in Finland. As with all Academy programs, students will be able to study while continuing to work full-time in their profession. Academy Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlström said the [...]

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Academy Training Strength and Conditioning Professionals for Master’s Degree Program and Certification Exams

2019-09-24T09:21:42-05:00September 24th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy is taking strides to provide a training program to prepare strength and conditioning professionals for the preeminent certification exam in their field. The Academy is working to develop a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) approved preparation program to help strength and conditioning professionals as they take their Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam - the preeminent certification of its kind, but the average pass rate for it is 56 percent, with international candidates passing at significantly lower rates. Academy chair of sports exercise science Dr. Brian Wallace has been working to develop the 10-module program – a combination of lectures, quizzes, guided discussions, practice exams, reviews and practical, hands-on experience. The program will culminate with the student’s ability to pass the Academy’s Sport [...]

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Biles, Lyles Named United States Sports Academy August Athletes of the Month

2019-09-17T14:20:33-05:00September 17th, 2019|

History’s most decorated gymnast and one of the world’s fastest men have been named the United States Sports Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month for August. American gymnast Simone Biles was named the Academy’s female Athlete of the Month after winning her sixth United States all-around title and earned three gold medals and a bronze medal at the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships in August 2019. She also became the first woman to successfully complete a triple twisting double somersault on the floor exercise and a double twisting double somersault dismount off the balance beam. American sprinter Noah Lyles won the men’s Athlete of the Month honor after he broke a meet record in the 200-meter race at the IAAF Diamond League final in Paris on 24 August 2019. [...]

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Academy and Republic of Guinea Sign Agreement for Sport Development in West African Nation

2019-09-10T16:50:21-05:00September 10th, 2019|

With the President of Guinea H.E. Dr. Alpha Condé looking on, Guinea Foreign Minister H.E. Mamadi Touré, left, and United States Sports Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich signed a Protocol of Cooperation to aid in sports development in the west African nation. The United States Sports Academy will work with the west African nation of Guinea to help strengthen the national sports effort there after the two signed a Protocol for Cooperation during a recent meeting. The President of Guinea H.E. Dr. Alpha Condé is leading a delegation to the United States from that country ahead of the upcoming meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, which will open on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 in New York. While visiting the United States, President Condé and his retinue met [...]

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