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 and will arrive on campus to begin their work in August.
“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.
They are scheduled to arrive on campus Monday, Aug. 1, with the exception of Crowley, who is on a professional basketball contract in Denmark. She will arrive Friday, Aug. 12.
The three-year residential doctoral program cycle that these students will be going through commences Tuesday, Sept. 6.