Military Career Led to Student of the Month Diego Real’s Pursuit of Academy Bachelor’s Degree

2020-07-14T12:07:05-05:00July 14th, 2020|

Diego Real earned accolades for his work training young soldiers during his six-year stint as a Training Sergeant for the U.S. Army. In fact, many of his peers encouraged him to become a coach when he retired from the service. The United States Sports Academy’s latest Student of the Month, Real followed the advice from his peers and is pursuing a Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the institution. A native of Mexico and Iowa resident, Real hopes to use his Academy degree to become a soccer coach and aide the growth of the sport in the United States. “I would like to teach committed young people the skills I learned at the soccer academies in Mexico and other countries in order to improve the soccer culture [...]

Academy Alumnus Rick Tice Working as Assistance Commissioner of Great Midwest Athletic Conference

2020-07-14T13:05:05-05:00July 14th, 2020|

United States Sports Academy master’s degree program alumnus Rick Tice joined the Great Midwest Athletic Conference as assistant commissioner in January of 2020. Tice earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 1989 at a time when the institution held on-campus instruction. He said the Academy’s well-rounded coursework and networking opportunities have been beneficial throughout his career in athletics coaching and administration. “My degree for the Academy has helped a tremendous amount throughout my career,” Tice said. “The education and experience from by time on campus was a great asset early in my career and gave me some opportunities to advance my career. My time on campus was a great experience early in my career. Good relative coursework, professors, and I was able to [...]

Higher Education Leader Dr. Tessie Bradford Found Her Voice in Academy Doctoral Program

2020-07-14T12:01:53-05:00July 14th, 2020|

Dr. Tessie Bradford said her doctoral education from the United States Sports Academy helped her find her voice and led to her career as the Dean of Student Services at Lamar State College Port Arthur in Texas. A native of Mobile, Ala., Bradford earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management in 2009. She was introduced to student services work through her Academy doctoral mentorship at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Md. “In my mentorship I taught some sports management courses but I also worked with student athletes to help them be successful off the field in the classroom,” Bradford said. “It was there where I realized that I enjoyed working on the student affairs side of higher education. After that, my first education leadership role was at the [...]

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2020-07-14T11:51:49-05:00July 14th, 2020|

The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Because of the Academy’s rolling enrollments and flexible online learning options, degrees can be conferred upon graduates throughout the academic year. Doctoral Graduates Dr. Jessica M. Thomas (Albany, Ga.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership emphasis Master’s Graduates Brian C. Roeder (Cornwall, NY) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Coaching and Sports Health and Fitness, graduation with honors George A. Efthymiou (Engomi, Cyprus) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching Clayton J. Sullivan (Knoxville, Tenn.) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Management and Sports Coaching

Finnish Students Complete Academy’s First Fully Online International Certification in Sports Management Program

2020-07-14T17:09:37-05:00July 14th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy’s program with ProfTraining Finland and the Finnish Varala Sports Institute to help students in that country train to become sports professionals has produced its first class of graduates. The Academy taught its renowned International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) post-secondary, non-degree program there fully online for the first time.  Under the guidance of Academy instructors, every student in the cohort completed the ICSM program and received their certification. The students were able to complete the program in approximately eight months and are now considered Academy alumni, which will provide them access to a network of thousands of peers working in the world of sport. The program focused on relevant sports management topics such as administration, sports marketing, sports facilities and events, sports business, human resources, [...]

LA Rams Director of Rehabilitation Byron Cunningham Receives Academy 2019 Alumnus of the Year Award

2020-07-14T13:54:50-05:00July 14th, 2020|

United States Sports Academy master’s degree holder Byron Cunningham recently received his United States Sports Academy 2019 Alumnus of the Year award, a recognition he earned because of his work as the director of rehabilitation for the Los Angeles Rams’ award winning athletic training staff. A native of Mobile, Ala., Cunningham earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports medicine from the Academy in 2002. The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to the year’s most outstanding Academy graduate and the honoree must represent the ideals of sport and of the institution. Cunningham spent the previous eight seasons as a physical therapist and assistant athletic trainer for the Rams. “The Academy was the best of both worlds for me,” Cunningham said. “I’ve always loved sports, and it was [...]

Academy Applies for Permission to Offer Four-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program in Spring 2021

2020-07-14T11:22:58-05:00July 14th, 2020|

For the first time in its 48-year history, the United States Sports Academy has sought permission from its accreditor to launch a full, four-year online bachelor’s degree program that would begin in the Spring 2021 semester. Founded as a graduate school of sport in 1972, the Academy admitted its first two-year, degree completion bachelor’s degree student cohort in the Fall 2004 semester. The Academy submitted its application for four-year bachelor’s status to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in June 2020. If the landmark change is approved, the institution will begin admitting freshmen for a four-year Bachelor of Sport Science (B.S.S.) degree program and teaching general educational core curriculum courses in the Spring semester 2021. “The Academy has been planning this change for some time,” [...]

Eastern Shore Chamber Unveils Jubilee Festival Artwork in Event at United States Sports Academy

2020-07-02T19:04:48-05:00July 2nd, 2020|

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce unveiled the featured poster art for the upcoming 32nd Annual Jubilee Festival of Art at the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) on the campus of the United States Sports Academy. The painting, “Jubilant Crabs,” produced by local artist Ricky Trione, depicts crabs congregating during a jubilee on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. A jubilee is a natural phenomenon that occurs sporadically on Mobile Bay on Alabama’s Gulf Coast in which many species of crab and shrimp and other bay life leave deeper waters and swarm in high numbers in a shallow coastal area of the bay. The events draw large crowds seeking an abundance of easy-to-catch seafood. Cindy Zebryk was the winner of the door prize at the Eastern Shore [...]

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

2020-07-01T15:43:16-05:00July 1st, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is pleased to announce the return of its online Athlete of the Month ballot for the month of June, featuring 12 candidates from seven countries who made an impact in their return to sport after a hiatus due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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, 9 July 2020. Male nominees are Crispin Duenas, archery, Canada; Denny Hamlin, auto racing, United States; Jakob Ingebrigsten, athletics, Norway; Dustin Johnson, golf, United States; Park Kun-woo, baseball, South Korea; and Karsten Warholm, athletics, Norway. Female nominees are Ashley Hatch, football (soccer), United States; Therese Johaug, athletics, Norway; Annimari Korte, athletics, Finland; Emily Pedersen, golf, Denmark; [...]

Academy Faculty Member Jillian Rosandich to Participate in “Sports, Society, and Culture” International Symposium

2020-06-23T08:51:31-05:00June 23rd, 2020|

Jillian Rosandich United States Sports Academy sport management faculty member Jillian Rosandich has been accepted to attend and participate in the International Symposium “Sports, Society, and Culture” in December 2020. The symposium is co-sponsored by Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. and the International Olympic Academy (IOA), with support from Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece. The symposium brings together students and faculty from universities around the world for a scholarly exchange of ideas on sports, society, and politics. The event will be held online this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to lectures, the symposium places emphasis on the blended learning approach. Students will have access to a list of core readings in advance of the symposium. Presentations will be followed [...]

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Sport-Related Concussion Presentations by Academy Faculty Available Online through ACSM Virtual Conference

2020-06-23T08:43:50-05:00June 23rd, 2020|

Dr. Brandon Spradley The poster presentations tackling sport-related concussion issues crafted by a pair of United States Sports Academy faculty members were featured by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) at its recent virtual conference. Chair of Sports Management Dr. Brandon Spradley and exercise science faculty member Robert Herron had three abstracts accepted as poster presentations at the ACSM conference, which was held online instead of in person due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The presentations cover issues related to use of the King-Devick concussion test on high school athletes. Spradley is the lead author of the presentation titled “Between-Trial Reliability of the King-Devick Test in Female High School Athletes,” while Herron is the lead author of “Between-Trial Reliability of the King-Devick Test in Male High School [...]

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Academy Endorses Revised Sport Coaching Standards Set Forth by SHAPE America and USCCE

2020-06-23T08:33:05-05:00June 23rd, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy has endorsed the newly revised National Standards for Sports Coaches (NSSC) set forth by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and promoted by the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE). The 3rd edition of the NSSC is scheduled to be published in book form later this summer. The new SHAPE America standards include 42 standards such as athlete-centered coaching philosophy, long-term athlete development, unified vision in strategic planning, alignment with rules and regulations and needs of the community, and management of resources in a responsible manner. The new NSSC are organized into the seven core responsibilities of sports coaches which closely align with both the International Sports Coaching Framework and the Quality Coaching framework from the United States Olympic Committee. The [...]

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