Phillip CappsThe United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of alumnus and longtime international instructor Dr. Phillip Capps, who recently passed away at age 56.

Capps, of Macon, Ga., earned his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management from the Academy in 2006, then later joined the Academy’s roster of instructors credentialed to teach its post-secondary, non-degree programs internationally. Capps taught for the Academy in China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Dubai.

“Dr. Capps was a solid teacher who was loved by everyone he taught and by those he came into contact with,” Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich said. “He will be sorely missed by all of us here at the Academy.”

Capps served in college campus student life, sports and recreational positions throughout his career. He recently worked as president of aquatic management for Swim Macon Pool Management in Georgia. He also served as a safety trainer and pool operator at various swim clubs.

For 12 years, Capps taught physical education courses at Northwestern State University in Louisiana and Mercer University in Georgia. From 1991 to 2006, he served as assistant director of student activities, director of campus recreation and varsity athletics operations manager at Mercer. He also served as assistant dean of students/director of student activities at Georgia Military College.