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The United States Sports Academy announces that the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Academy, Dr. Stephen Butler, and the former Chair of Sport Coaching at the Academy, Dr. James E. Thoma, will travel to Shanghai, China to teach in conjunction with the Shanghai Administration of Sports (SAS).

Dr. Butler will teach a Sport Coaching Methodology course, while Dr. Thoma will teach a Sport Administration for Coaches course on May 19-23 and May 26-30. These courses comprise the first two sections of the seven-part series to be hosted by the (SAS) for the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program this year.

Dr. Butler holds a Doctorate degree in Administration of Curriculum and Instruction from Auburn University; a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Chapman University; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Florida Atlantic University.

He has over 20 years of experience in higher education where he has developed curriculum, taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and served as an administrator. In addition, Dr. Butler served nearly 24 years in the United States Air Force as a B-52 navigator and military educator. His final Air Force assignment was as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, the world’s largest foreign language school.

Dr. Butler has played and coached team sports at all levels. He is also an avid runner who has competed in 30 marathons, including the Boston Marathon twice. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Big Sur International Marathon for the past 13 years.

In addition to serving as a member of the Academy’s National Faculty, Dr. Thoma is currently the Director of the Sports Business program at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, OH.

Dr. Thoma holds both a Ph.D. in Sport Science and a M.A. in Sport Management from The Ohio State University. He earned a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Grove City College.

His philosophy on sports stems from his experiences as a football and track coach from the secondary schools through the National Coach of Brunei Darussalam and his experience with athletics and administration throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East. In addition, his previous work as the Track and Field/USA National Teams Coordinator and his work with the Sports Academy have provided him with unique perspectives on the field.

For over four decades, the Academy has provided programs in sport education to students throughout the nation and to over 60 countries across the globe. It has a long-standing relationship with the SAST, which plays a vital role in the development of sports in China.

The United States Sports Academy, known around the world as America’s Sports University, 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 United States Sports Academy, “America’s Sports University,” call 251-626-3303or visit the Academy’s website