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.

Doctoral Graduates

Dr. Betsy J. Conaty (Monticello, N.Y.) –Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership specialization, Sports Health and Fitness emphasis, with honors. Doctoral dissertation: “Cortisol response to repeated exercise during water immersion and hyperbaric oxygen exposure.”

Dr. Todd D. Pitts (Grand Rapids, Mich.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership specialization, with honors. Doctoral dissertation: “Student athletes preferred leadership styles in the Wolverine-Hoosier athletic conference.”

Dr. Tina McLeod Harris (Bronx, N.Y.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Human Resource Management specialization, Sports Medicine emphasis. Doctoral dissertation: “The unintended effects of Title IX within the northeast region of the United States.”

Dr. Tafadzwa Fadzi Sithole (Mobile, Ala.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Marketing specialization. Doctoral dissertation: “Soccer consumption motives of African and American adults.”

Master’s Graduates

Claudia Beristain Llanes (Mexico City, Mexico) – M.S.S. Sports Studies, Sports Psychology emphasis, with honors

Gregory L. Barnes (Montgomery, Ala.) – M.S.S. (dual degree) Sports Studies and Sports Management

Ronald K. Davis (New Orleans, La.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Benjamin W. Flack (Watertown, Wisc.) – M.S.S. (dual degree) Sports Management and Sports Coaching

Morgan A. Leatherwood (Duluth, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies

Joseph W. McFarland (Dearborn Heights, Mich.) – M.S.S. Sports Management, Recreation Management emphasis

Lakesha S. Sankey (Atlanta, Ga.) – M.S.S. (dual degree) Sports Management and Sports Coaching

Robertson Tarver (Houston, Texas) – M.S.S. (dual degree) Sports Management and Sports Coaching