Academy National Faculty member Charlie Temple delivered the final courses on sports administration and leadership.

Academy Prepares Athletes for Coaching Careers in Shanghai

As preventable athlete injuries continue to be sustained at all levels of sport, the importance of properly training coaches is becoming increasingly recognized.  The same holds true around the world, including in Shanghai, China, where the Academy’s International Diploma in Sports Coaching (IDSC) Program just concluded.

For the second year running, the Academy worked with the Shanghai Administration of Sports (SAS) to deliver eight modules of instruction and mentorships designed to train 50 beginning coaches to prepare them for long-term careers as coaches in their chosen sport disciplines.

Among the critical concepts and theories taught were coaching methodology, athlete development, physical fitness and conditioning, sports administration, sports psychology, and sports medicine.  Each course delivered by an Academy faculty member was designed to teach fundamental skills that any coach, regardless of a specific sport, must possess to be successful.  Now that classroom instruction has concluded, program participants will begin a mentorship, through which they will be afforded the opportunity to apply classroom theory to the real-world experience of coaching.  Read more here


UConn Basketball Coach Wins Amos Alonzo Stagg Award


Coach Auriemma (left) received the 2015 Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award from Academy Trustee Tom Cafaro during UConn’s exhibition game against Lubbock Christian on Monday, 2 November 2015, at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

He is an anomaly, a contradiction of sorts in our “grass is always greener elsewhere” world of sports today. As others seek validation in a bigger paycheck or a more prestigious position, he has remained true to the ultimate bottom line: winning championships. When it comes to that, no one has been more successful than the University of Connecticut (UConn) Women’s Basketball Coach Mr. Luigi “Geno” Auriemma.

In capturing his 10th national title with the Huskies this year, and surpassing the 900-win mark in the process, Auriemma further cemented his spot among the true greats of his profession and proved immeasurably deserving of the United States Sports Academy’s 2015 Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award.

Auriemma’s determination and demand of excellence from himself, his staff, and his players drove the Huskies to their third straight NCAA Division I Women’s Championship, beating Notre Dame, 63-53, in the final last April at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. If not for an early-season, overtime loss at No. 6 Stanford, UConn would have had its second straight perfect season. As it turned out, Auriemma’s troops finished 38-1 and were about as dominant as any team at any level could be, ranking No. 1 in the country in scoring offense, scoring defense, scoring margin, field-goal percentage, opponent field-goal percentage, three-point shooting percentage, assists, and blocked shots.  Read more here


Gamecocks’ Coach Staley Honored with Academy’s C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award

Dawn Staley & Mike Spino

Academy National Faculty member, Dr. Mike Spino, presented 2015 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award to Ms. Dawn Staley, the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of South Carolina , on Sunday, 15 November 2015, during their home game against the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

A decorated life in sport all began for Dawn Staley when she was named the national high school player of the year during her final season at Murrell Dobbins Technical High School in Philadelphia. Fast forward several decades and she is still at the top of her game, bringing the Gamecocks women’s basketball team at the University of South Carolina with her.

Staley was selected to receive the 2015 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award from the United States Sports Academy in recognition of her outstanding coaching career and her unwavering commitment to her team. This honor is named in recognition of the head coach of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team and is annually presented to individuals like Staley who have experienced outstanding achievements as a coach for female teams.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist has been the head coach of the Gamecocks for a total of seven years, but it was clear early on that the team would rise to the top with their foundation of hard work, defensive effort, and “team first” mentality. This season, the Gamecocks were ranked number one in the country, making Staley the second woman ever to have both played on and coached a number-one ranked team.  Read more here


Academy Signs Protocol with the International Federation for Sport Cinema and Television

The United States Sports Academy has signed a Protocol for Cooperation with the Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs (FICTS) in Milano, Italy.  Under this new agreement, both organizations have agreed to work together to further sport in each respective country through cooperative programs in education, research, and service.

FICTS, an organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is dedicated to promoting the values, ethics, and cultural function of sport through means of mass communication, such as television and cinema.  FICTS works to create a better understanding of the world of sport and its moral values by urging directors, actors, and producers to spread sport-related media.

In an effort to meet these objectives, FICTS engages in various cultural and educational activities worldwide.  One such activity is the World FICTS Challenge (WFC), a massive cinematographic competition that is the culmination of 16 festivals staged on five different continents, recognizing various elements of sport cinema in 10 different categories.  Read more here


Athlete of the Year Balloting to Commence in December

The 31st annual Athlete of the Year ballot, a part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport, is scheduled to open to the public on Tuesday, 8 December 2015.  This ballot is the culmination of the Academy’s yearlong Athlete of the Month program, which recognizes accomplishments of men and women in sports from around the globe.  The male and female winners of this year’s balloting will be announced on Thursday, 24 December 2015.

Each month, the public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes and then voting online during the first week of every month.  The online votes choose the male and female monthly winners, who then become eligible for the prestigious Athlete of the Year honor.