Blunck, Sildaru Named United States Sports Academy February Athletes of the Month

2019-03-18T16:01:07+00:00March 18th, 2019|

A pair of freestyle skiers have swept the United States Sports Academy’s contest for February Male and Female Athlete of the Month. American skier Aaron Blunck won the men’s award while Estonian Kelly Sildaru won the women’s award for the second consecutive month. Blunck defended his world halfpipe title at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Snowboard, Freestyle Ski and Freeski World Championships in Utah on 9 February 2019. Blunck scored 94.20 on his final run and successfully held off French veteran Kevin Rolland for the title. Sildaru, 16, became the youngest freestyle skiing halfpipe world champion of all time when she won gold in the event at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships in Utah on 10 February 2019. Sildaru completed the first-ever switch 1080 [...]

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

2019-03-13T10:56:56+00:00March 13th, 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. Bachelor’s Graduates Vanessa Buschur (Abilene, Texas) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching, Cum Laude Daniel Aregai (Mountain View, Calif.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching Jesse Tapia (Crystal City, Texas) – B.S.S. Sports Studies Master’s Graduates Suzanne Messier (Essex Junction, Vt.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies, With Honors Alex Miranda (Tulsa, Okla.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching, With Honors Zachary Smith (Grand Rapids, Mich.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies, With Honors [...]

In Memoriam: Academy Mourns Passing of Alumnus Glenn Martinez, a Longtime California Coach, Administrator and Educator

2019-03-13T10:39:57+00:00March 13th, 2019|

Glenn Martinez The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of master’s program alumnus Glenn Martinez, a longtime sports administrator, coach and educator in the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California. Martinez died 1 March, 2019, at age 63 after a battle with cancer. Martinez earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2008. He had served as the assistant commissioner for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) - Southern Section since 2011. In that role, Martinez oversaw football, baseball, and boys and girls wrestling. Prior to working at CIF, Martinez worked as vice principal of student services and athletics at Charter Oaks High School in Covina, Calif. He is also known for his 19-year tenure as athletic director, head baseball coach [...]

Academy Graduate Wallace Leads Adaptive Physical Education Program at Lee Central High School

2019-03-13T10:52:26+00:00March 13th, 2019|

Lee Central High School coach and teacher George Wallace said the United States Sports Academy’s flexible scheduling and option to continue working in the sports field while learning benefited his family and career. Wallace earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2000. He teaches adaptive physical education to students with special needs at Lee Central in Bishopville, S.C. Like many other Academy graduates, Wallace was able to work as an educator and coach while earning his degree. “I have been appreciative through the years for the Academy and the opportunity it afforded me,” Wallace said. “The opportunity to advance my education without having to alter or stop my job and family responsibilities was very important to me then and would be very important [...]

Academy 2018 Alumnus of the Year Scott Novack Part of Successful Run for USA Rugby

2019-03-13T10:53:53+00:00March 13th, 2019|

United States Sports Academy 2018 Alumnus of the Year Scott Novack has played a major role for USA Rugby as the team he manages recently began a historic run and set its sights on Olympic qualification. Novack, a Colorado native, is the program operations manager for USA Rugby’s Men’s Eagles Sevens team, which recently recorded five consecutive podium finishes – including one championship – in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series. The U.S. is the only team to reach the medal round in all five tournaments this season. The team is in first place in the world rugby sevens standings and at the end of the season, the top four teams earn berths to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Novack is a nationally acclaimed sports administrator and high performance director. [...]

Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for February

2019-03-07T14:24:09+00:00March 7th, 2019|

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 seven 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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Student Services Secretary / Receptionist

2019-03-01T16:56:56+00:00March 1st, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has an opening for an experienced secretary for the Student Services Department. Duties besides secretarial support for the Student Service staff members include communicating with students about entering the learning management system (LMS), answering 1-800 telephone line, entering data into Student Information Systems (SIS), open, date-stamp, and distribute mail, order department office supplies, maintain and protect the security of student information per FERPA, and be knowledgeable of all departmental and institutional policies and procedures and other assigned duties. Qualification: High school graduate, some college preferred. Must be methodical and analytical. Proven competence in reading and the ability to think independently and be punctual are a must. Must be detail-oriented and a self-starter. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required. Knowledge of computer systems, word processing, and [...]

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Academy President Meets Lt. Governor at AAICU Meeting

2019-02-26T10:08:49+00:00February 26th, 2019|

United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich, fourth from right, recently took part in the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU) Board Meeting in Montgomery on Tuesday. He is pictured with Alabama Lt. Governor Bill Ainsworth (center) and the Presidents of other independent colleges. The AAICU promotes and protects the interests of higher education in Alabama and oversees scholarship fundraising efforts for students attending its 14 member schools. The AAICU was founded in 1956 to benefit students and member institutions through various fundraising activities.

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Academy Welcomes New Members to Prestigious Art Committee

2019-02-26T11:00:17+00:00February 26th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy recently added three members to the committee which vets and selects honorees for the institution’s prestigious Sport Artist of the Year Awards and oversees the collection at the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA). The Academy has a long history of supporting sport art, including coordinating the International Olympic Committee’s Art Competition for many years and each year awarding the Sport Artist of the Year through its Awards of Sport program. New members Katrina Smith, Angela Phillips, and Amanda Youngblood recently joined the committee, which is chaired by Nancy Raia, the community outreach director at the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, Ala. Smith is the marketing coordinator for Hargrove Engineers in Mobile, Ala. She has a background in art education, having earned a [...]

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Academy Eyes ACBSP Accreditation for Sports Management Degrees

2019-02-26T11:02:12+00:00February 26th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy is once again being recognized for its high quality educational offerings after its sports management program became a candidate for accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The ACBSP is a leading organization offering accreditation services to business degree programs focused on teaching and learning. Becoming a candidate starts the accreditation process, and candidates must develop an action plan for meeting ACBSP’s standards and criteria. In order to meet the ACBSP accreditation standards the Academy has hired a consultant who will guide the institution through the process. “ACBSP accreditation is a paradigm shift for the Academy,” Academy Vice President of Academy Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlström said. “Rather than focusing on offering sports management programs to sports professionals alone, this accreditation will [...]

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United States Sports Academy Developing International Team Manager Certification Program with Partners in Finland

2019-02-22T09:33:37+00:00February 22nd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy is working with its partners in Finland to develop a post-secondary, non-degree sport professional programs to train students interested in becoming qualified sport professionals. As a result of this collaboration the first program to be launched is an International Team Manager Certification Program. In 2018 the Academy 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. That partnership berthed United States Sports Academy Finland, which represents the institution’s programs in that nation. When implemented, the International Team Manager Certification program will aim to provide students with the opportunity to further their knowledge base in business, [...]

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Boe, Sildaru Named United States Sports Academy January Athletes of the Month

2019-02-19T07:59:11+00:00February 19th, 2019|

Norwegian biathlete Johannes Thingnes Boe and Estonian skier Kelly Sildaru have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for January. Boe captured his 11th win of the season in the men’s pursuit event at the International Biathlon Union (IBU) World Cup in Italy on 26 January 2019. Boe moved closer to the single-season Biathlon World Cup win record of 14 in a season, currently held by France’s Martin Fourcade. Sildaru won gold, silver, and bronze in ski events at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., in January 2019. Sildaru, 16, took gold in the ski slopestyle event with a score of 99.00 points. She took silver in the ski superpipe event and bronze in the ski big air final. The second place finisher on [...]

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