Academy’s Doctoral Degree Program Recognized as One of the Best

2019-05-22T16:06:30-05:00May 22nd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy’s doctoral degree program in sports management has been recognized as one of the best online sports management degrees by College Values Online. College Values Online researched 48 colleges and universities listed by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) College Navigator, and the Academy’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Sports Management was ranked in the top 20. The Academy’s Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management is a one-of-a kind sports degree program specifically designed to meet the needs of recent master’s degree earners and working professionals who aim to be leaders in the sports industry. The program provides students with a meaningful education and technical preparation for the fast-paced, competitive world of sport professions. The online doctoral degree is a 66-semester hour program [...]

Academy Graduate Dusty Gunn Reaches Goal of Becoming an Athletic Director

2019-05-14T13:13:54-05:00May 13th, 2019|

When Dusty Gunn started his master’s degree program at the United States Sports Academy, he always had the goal of becoming an athletic director at a prestigious institution in the back of his mind. Now, after spending time as a coach, teacher, healthcare administrator and non-profit director, Gunn has been hired as the Director of Athletics at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga, Tenn. The school has an extensive and notable history, having first opened in 1876 and being recognized as the first school in the Chattanooga area to be racially integrated in 1954. Gunn earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 2008. “When I started my master’s program at the Academy, this was always the goal,” Gunn said. “I knew that one [...]

Entrepreneur Cindy Hodo Uses Academy Degree in Career in Health and Wellness Coaching

2019-05-14T13:13:21-05:00May 13th, 2019|

Entrepreneur and health coach Cindy Hodo said her master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy has been beneficial to her career along every step of the way. Hodo is the owner and founding partner of Quest Group, a boutique advertising agency and health and wellness coaching business based in Birmingham, Ala. She earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports management in 1989 while she worked in marketing for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. “The people at the Senior Bowl encouraged me to pursue a master’s degree at the Academy and I was able to do that while still working full time,” Hodo said. “Getting my master’s degree from the Academy was hugely beneficial to my career then, and it still resonates today.” After earning her master’s [...]

Woods, Hurd Named United States Sports Academy April Athletes of the Month

2019-05-13T09:07:37-05:00May 13th, 2019|

A pair of top American athletes have won the United States Sports Academy’s contest for April Male and Female Athlete of the Month. Golfer Tiger Woods won the men’s award while gymnast Morgan Hurd took home the women’s honor. Woods shot a 13-under 275 to capture the Masters championship on 14 April 2019 in Augusta, Ga. It was the fifth Masters title and 15th major championship for Woods, but first in 11 years. Hurd won gold in the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) All-Around World Cup championship in Tokyo on 7 April 2019. Hurd scored 55.099 total points to capture the second World Cup win of her career. The second place finisher on the men’s side was American baseball player Cody Bellinger and third place went to American gymnast Sam Mikulak. [...]

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2019-05-13T08:41:04-05:00May 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. Master’s Graduate De’Janaria A. Austin (Surprise, Ariz.) – M.S.S. Sports Management Bachelor’s Graduates Brandon J. Eastman (Winnemucca, Nev.) – B.S.S. Sports Studies, cum laude Michael A. Gintner (Beaver Dam, Wis.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching, Recreation Management emphasis Benjiman M. Keller (Lincoln, Neb.) – B.S.S. Sports Strength & Conditioning

Academy Doctoral Graduate Dr. Joseph Spears Earns Promotion at Bowie State University

2019-05-13T08:30:55-05:00May 13th, 2019|

After working for six years in an assistant professor role at Bowie State University, Academy graduate Dr. Joseph Spears has been rewarded with a promotion and granted tenure. Spears, who lives in Maryland, was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor of sports management at Bowie (Md.) State University, where he also serves as NCAA faculty athletic representative. Spears earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2011. He holds master’s degrees in higher education from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md., and in divinity from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va. Spears earned a bachelor’s degree at Logos Christian College in Jacksonville, Fla. With a background in religious studies, Spears said he chose to study at the Academy to blend his [...]

Academy Opens Center for Professional Studies and Continuing Education to Boost Global Reach

2019-05-07T13:35:14-05:00May 7th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy is expanding its global outreach and program offerings to meet the professional development needs of a wide array of sport organizations around the world with the creation of its new Center for Professional Studies and Continuing Education. Over the last few years, the Academy has recognized a need on the part of sport organizations in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe for professional development and educational opportunities for employees. To meet this need, the Academy has vastly expanded its post-secondary, non-degree sport education offerings, ranging from its traditional sports coaching and management programs to more specialized programs in adaptive sport, strength and conditioning, and security management to name but a few. “This move is a reflection of the work that the Academy has been doing [...]

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An Opportunity for an International Sport Exchange

2019-05-02T13:52:01-05:00May 2nd, 2019|

The Federation of University Sport in China (FUSC-the Chinese collegiate sport sanctioning body similar to the NCAA) has announced an opportunity for a sport cultural exchange. The FUSC is willing to host a men’s or women’s basketball team between 11-31 August (although there may be some flexibility in the dates) in Beijing during which time the team would participate in joint basketball practices, workshops, and a couple of games with their Chinese collegiate counterparts. The program would also include cultural activities such as sightseeing. The program is for seven days in China, including the day of arrival and departure leaving five days on the ground in Beijing for a delegation of up to 20 players, coaches, and school officials. Included will be domestic transportation, local meals and accommodations in China. [...]

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Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for April

2019-05-02T15:43:01-05:00May 2nd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for April and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from six 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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Varala Sports Institute Launches International Sports Management Program with United States Sports Academy and Proftraining Finland

2019-05-02T13:23:38-05:00May 2nd, 2019|

The Finnish Varala Sports Institute and Proftraining Finland have formalized an agreement and will partner to offer sports management training programs. Their first venture will be an International Sports Management Certification program which was developed in conjunction with United States Sports Academy. Coursework for the International Sports Management Certification will be offered in English, online, under the guidance of Academy instructors. At the end of the coursework, an on-site symposium at the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala., will be offered to students in the program. 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 institution is proud to work with Varala and Proftraining. “Since its beginning, the Academy has [...]

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Academy Expands International Sport Education Efforts with Presidential Tour of Nations

2019-04-23T14:04:47-05:00April 23rd, 2019|

With members of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) looking on, PSC Chairman William Ramirez and Dr. T.J. Rosandich sign a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the establishment of sports education programs in sports coaching, management and physical education/coaching to be taught by the Academy in the Philippines. The United States Sports Academy continued to expand its efforts to enhance its post-secondary, non-degree international sport education programs as President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich visited sport leaders in a host of countries. The Academy President spent a month visiting sport, education, and government leaders in the Philippines, India, Jordan, Nepal, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. “Since its founding in 1972, the Academy has always had an international orientation,” said Rosandich. “This view is reflected in its mission statement and [...]

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Academy Library Director Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson Presents at Book Festival in Hattiesburg, Miss.

2019-04-23T10:53:05-05:00April 23rd, 2019|

Academy library director Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson United States Sports Academy library director Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson recently made a presentation on faculty reader advisory programs at a book festival in Hattiesburg, Miss. Pacetti-Donelson spoke at the 52nd annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival in Hattiesburg. The book festival, originally developed to promote the de Grummond Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi has grown into a regional festival to recognize and celebrate children’s books. Pacetti-Donelson spoke to librarians and educators about providing professional development for teachers that promotes reading motivation in the classroom. An expert in young adult literature, Pacetti-Donelson is a veteran of K-12 education, a former Teacher of the Year, and an instructional technologist and school librarian. She is a passionate library advocate, frequent speaker about instructional technology and [...]

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