Student of the Month Dr. Steve Wachs is a Teacher, Podcaster, Sport Psychologist and Social Media Researcher

2022-05-10T12:18:05-05:00May 10th, 2022|

Dr. Steve Wachs is already an accomplished teacher, podcaster, sports psychologist, and researcher, but now that he has a doctoral degree from the United States Sports Academy, the institution’s latest Student of the Month hopes to expand his reach with more speaking engagement and presentation opportunities. Wachs recently successfully defended his dissertation, which researched the impact of social media on young athletes. For the mentorship portion of his Academy doctoral program, Wachs started a podcast that revolves around basketball in the Southern California area and includes discussions of sport psychology, coaching, and parenting. In addition, Wachs has also presented at conferences like the Association of Applied Sport Psychology-West Region and he hopes to be able to use his Academy education to find similar opportunities. “The Academy’s distance learning program really [...]

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Vote Now for Athlete of the Month for April

2022-05-05T11:48:07-05:00May 5th, 2022|

Athletes representing seven different sports make up the United States Sports Academy’s April Athlete of the Month ballot, which is online now for voting at the Academy’s website, www.ussa.edu. Voting will continue until 5 p.m. Central time on Thursday, 12 April 2022. Male nominees are Ochai Agbaji, basketball, United States; Evans Chebet, athletics, Kenya; Caeleb Dressel, swimming, United States; Paul Juda, gymnastics, United States; Scottie Scheffler, golf, United States; and Seiya Suzuki, baseball, Japan. Female nominees are Valarie Allman, athletics, United States; Phoebe Bacon, swimming, United States; Peres Jepchirchir, athletics, Kenya; Jennifer Kupcho, golf, United States; Iga Swiatek, tennis, Poland; and Trinity Thomas, gymnastics, United States. Each month, the public is invited to participate in the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes and then voting online [...]

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Sport Corruption Fighter Richard McLaren Receives Honorary Doctorate from USSA

2022-05-04T16:12:10-05:00May 4th, 2022|

International sports corruption fighter and renowned doping investigator Richard McLaren received an Honorary Doctorate from the United States Sports Academy at the institution’s recent Founder’s Day event in April. Each year as part of its Awards of Sport program, the Academy presents its Honorary Doctorate to a person who has made outstanding contributions to sport and to society. Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Board of Trustees Chairman Bob Campbell presented the award to McLaren during the institution’s commencement ceremony in Daphne, Ala., on 22 April 2022. McLaren also served as the commencement speaker and participated in the Academy’s 50 Years of Sport and Education Symposium as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. McLaren earned the award because of his body of work uncovering corruption in international sport [...]

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Academy Celebrates Founder’s Day and 50th Anniversary with Symposia, Commencement

2022-04-27T13:44:25-05:00April 27th, 2022|

The United States Sports Academy threw a party 50 years in the making as it hosted its first ever Founder’s Day celebration April 21-22. The two-day event culminated with a commencement ceremony for students who traveled from all parts of the country to attend. On Thursday, 21 April, the Academy hosted an Open House event followed by an alumni outing at a Minor League Baseball game in Pensacola, Fla. Academy graduates, resident faculty, non-resident faculty, staff, Trustees, and the Academy’s mascot Sammy Eagle attended the game between the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and the Montgomery Biscuits. On Friday, 22 April, the Academy hosted an Alumni Symposium moderated by director of doctoral studies Dr. Fred Cromartie with alumni panelists Dr. Neal Ring, Dr. Amy Stell, Dr. Dexter Davis, Dr. Anthony D’Onofrio, and [...]

Academy Trustee and Artist Susan McCollough Unveils Nick Saban Bust at Founder’s Day

2022-04-27T09:29:13-05:00April 27th, 2022|

As part of its 50th Anniversary Founder’s Day celebration, the United States Sports Academy welcomed into the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) another original sculpture created by someone very close to the institution. Trustee and Art Committee member Susan N. McCollough unveiled an original bronze bust of University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban during the Founder’s Day program. The bust is now on permanent display in the ASAMA collection. Susan Nomberg McCollough is an internationally-acclaimed abstract and impressionistic artist who has produced hundreds of paintings, many of which have won national and international awards. She is a former “Miss University of Alabama” and “Miss Alabama, International” in Long Beach, Calif. (which gave way to the “Miss Universe Pageant”). McCollough became a trustee of the Academy after [...]

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Spanish Soccer Star Fernando Torres Teaches Core Values in New Course Available from the United States Sports Academy

2022-04-27T09:02:01-05:00April 26th, 2022|

Spanish soccer star Fernando Torres is famous for his more than two decades of work as a player and a manager at the highest levels of international competition. Now, Torres is lending his talents to the public through a continuing education course offered by the United States Sports Academy. The new fully online webinar course offered by the Academy (here) teaches Torres’s famous nine core values of Respect, Discipline, Commitment, Humility, Courage, Trust, Loyalty, Perseverance, and Devotion. The webinar course is offered for just $195. Torres is a Spanish football (soccer) manager and longtime former player on the international stage. Torres started his career with Atlético Madrid, progressing through their youth system to the first-team squad. He made his first-team debut in 2001 and finished his time at the club [...]

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Japanese Figure Skaters Shoma Uno, Kaori Sakamoto Named Academy March Athletes of the Month

2022-04-26T08:53:51-05:00April 26th, 2022|

Japanese figure skating champions Shoma Uno and Kaori Sakamoto earned the United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Month honors after their impressive performances capturing the men’s and women’s singles titles at the World Figure Skating Championships in March. Uno won his first world title at the competition in France on 26 March 2022. Uno won with a total score of 312.48 to hold off compatriot Yuma Kagiyama, who took silver. Sakamoto won the women’s singles world title at the competition in France on 25 March 2022. Sakamoto finished with a total score of 236.09 and led throughout the competition after triumphing in the short program. The second place finisher on the men’s side was Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis and third place went to American tennis player Taylor Fritz. [...]

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Tennis Player Karthik Anand Preparing for Life After Sport with Academy Bachelor’s Program

2022-04-12T14:52:29-05:00April 12th, 2022|

Karthik Anand is well on his way to reaching his dream of playing tennis on the professional circuit and becoming a role model for aspiring young athletes from India. But when his playing days eventually end, Anand will be prepared for a career as a coach because of his education from the United States Sports Academy. A native of New Delhi, India, Anand is the Academy’s latest Student of the Month. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports coaching while living and training at the Walter Grunfeld Tennis Academy in Barcelona, Spain. There, he has worked his way up the ranks in tennis with his eyes set on qualifying for International Tennis Federation (ITF) play and eventually becoming a regular on the ATP Tour. Like [...]

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Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2022-04-12T09:10:35-05:00April 12th, 2022|

The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Because of the Academy’s rolling enrollments and flexible online learning options, degrees can be conferred upon graduates throughout the academic year. Doctoral Graduates Dr. Amy T. Stell (El Paso, Texas) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership specialization, Graduation with Honors Dr. Jamey D. Arnold (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership specialization Dr. Gregory A. Petersen (Charlotte, N.C.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership specialization Master’s Graduates Anna W. Adcock (Lancaster, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Management, Graduation with Honors Craig M. Fitzgerald (Wyckoff, N.J.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching Bachelor’s Graduate Steven N. Longo (Frankford, Del.) – B.S.S. Sports Management

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Academy Alumnus Dr. Alan Ledford Promoted to Associate Professor at Wilmington College

2022-04-12T08:42:07-05:00April 12th, 2022|

United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Alan Ledford earned a promotion to associate professor of sports management at Wilmington (Ohio) College. Ledford is also the sports management program director at Wilmington. He credited his Academy Doctor of Education degree in sports management (2016) with helping him land his job at Wilmington. He said the Academy’s flexible online learning option were beneficial to him as a student. “After completing my doctoral degree, I was able to interview and earn my current job at Wilmington College,” Ledford said. “The Academy is great place for a self-starter student. The classes are enjoyable and the biggest positive is that the courses can be self-directed, meaning you can take the classes as slow or as fast as you see fit.” At Wilmington, Ledford oversees all [...]

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Academy President and Alumnus Dr. T.J. Rosandich Announces Plan to Retire in 2022

2022-04-12T08:23:00-05:00April 12th, 2022|

The United States Sports Academy has begun a search for a new president following an announcement made to the Academy’s Board of Trustees at the annual meeting that current President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich plans to retire after nearly a half century of service to the institution. Rosandich has worked for the Academy since 1976, including service as its President and CEO since 2015. He will stay on board as President until his successor is hired and installed. The Academy’s Board of Trustees has formed a search committee Chaired by Board Chairman Robert Campbell to undertake a nationwide search for the next president. “The contributions to the Academy by Dr. Rosandich over more than 45 years of service are significant,” said Robert Campbell. “These are evidenced on a personal [...]

Academy Students Get Valuable Experience Volunteering at Men’s Final Four

2022-04-11T15:06:52-05:00April 11th, 2022|

The “Big Easy” is no stranger to hosting entertaining weekends. From adventures on Bourbon St. to stadium-filling concerts, New Orleans is always a good time. However, last week, the city also played host the NCAA Men’s Final Four, which featured a highly-anticipated matchup between the Duke and the University of North Carolina on one side of the bracket and Villanova and Kansas – the eventual tournament champion – on the other side. For Duke’s Coach Krzyzewski (recipient of The Academy’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award Winner in 2008 & 1991), the loss to UNC was last game of his coaching career at Duke – now retiring after a long tenure at the university that started in 1980. For a group of students from the United States Sports Academy (USSA), the city [...]

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