Alabama Southern Community College (ASCC) students can now seamlessly earn a bachelor’s in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy, which is one of the fastest growing academic programs at the sports university.

The schools recently agreed to establish a so-called 2+2 program. It allows students at the multi-campus community college in southwest Alabama to take two years of study that will prepare them to attend the Academy. Once they earn an associate’s degree, students can then enroll in the Academy’s bachelor’s program in Sports Management and get their degree in as little as two years.

Tee Martin, now the wide receivers coach at the University of Southern California, earned his bachelor's in Sports Management from the Academy in 2003. Martin led the University of Tennessee football team to the national championship in 1998.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich pointed out that the program with ASCC is a good fit since the community college uses the same learning management system for its online courses —
Canvas — as the Academy.

“We are pleased to partner with Alabama Southern Community College and provide this unique opportunity to its students,” Dr. Rosandich said. “This program will help lead them to employment in a rewarding field that they will enjoy.”

Anne Clanton, dean of instruction at Alabama Southern Community College, agreed that the program benefits anyone seeking a bachelor’s in Sports Management.

“This new collaboration is beneficial because it aids our students in an easy transition from Alabama Southern to the Academy,” Clanton said. “Students can earn their bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from home and at their own pace, which is favorable for both our traditional and non-traditional students.”

The Academy, known as “America’s Sports University,” has been a leader in sports education for more than 40 years. The university, which is regionally accredited at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, added an upper-division bachelor’s degree to its programs in 2004.

To learn more about the Academy’s 2+2 programs with community colleges, call 251-626-3303 or email

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit the Academy’s website