Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) discusses the Academy’s collection of sport art with new residential doctoral teaching assistants (left to right) Patrick Brennan, John Petty, Brandon Spradley and Amber Magner, who arrived on campus Aug. 1 to begin their three-year program.

Working in the Human Performance Lab. Learning how to become a better coach. Earning teaching experience. Training for a sports management career. Writing and developing new courses.

Those are a few of the many challenges and rewarding experiences that the United States Sports Academy’s new doctoral teaching assistants said they look forward to as they began arriving to the Daphne, Ala., campus Aug. 1 to embark on their three-year residential doctorate program.

The Academy’s five new doctoral teaching assistants, who were chosen from more than 100 applicants, will receive scholarships from the United States Sports Academy worth about $40,000 a year, plus a $20,000 stipend. The doctoral program starts Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Brandon Spradley said he hopes to work in the lab on two new research grants obtained by the Academy. A former University of Alabama track and field sprinter, Spradley earned a master’s in exercise science from the University of Alabama in December and worked as a lab assistant in its Microbiology Lab.

“The lab here is definitely top notch,” Spradley said. “I really would like to be involved in the testing and assessments.”

Academy President and CEO Thomas P. Rosandich applauded the group’s enthusiasm and said he expects great things from them as they learn, teach and work at the university during the coming years.

“This is a very talented group of people,” said Academy President and CEO Thomas P. Rosandich. “We will ensure our residential doctoral program is meaningful and productive for them.”

Each of the scholarships given to the five teaching assistants were awarded in the names of current members of the Academy’s Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

A special scholarship was given in recognition of the contributions that Jimmy Carnes made to the Academy’s board and to the United States as University of Florida track and field coach, U.S. Olympic coach, and as the Track and Field Coaches Association president.

Here are the Academy’s new teaching assistants:

The Jimmy Carnes Scholarship will be awarded to Brandon Spradley, a track and field star at the University of Alabama, who hold a master’s degree in Exercise Science and graduated with honors.

The Robert Campbell Scholarship will be awarded to Patrick Brennan, who holds a law degree from the largest law school in this country, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, which was founded by his great-grandfather. He is a cum laude graduate of Michigan State.

The Dr. Milly Cowles Scholarship has been awarded to Kristy Crowley, whose master’s degree comes from Columbia University and who is currently a professional basketball player in Denmark.

The Dr. Marino J. Niccolai Scholarship has been awarded to John Petty, who holds a master’s degree in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University and who is a former U.S. Army captain and helicopter pilot.

The Dr. George Uhlig Scholarship has been awarded to Amber Magner, who holds a degree in Sport Management from the University of New Orleans and who has experience as a women’s basketball coach and as a professor in Sport Management.