People, Places & Programs

Dr. Thomas E. Sather to Continue Research on Energy Drinks

United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Thomas E. Sather recently received his second degree, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Sports Management with an emphasis in Sports Health and Fitness, from the Academy. He successfully defended his doctoral dissertation that focused on the effects of energy drinks on military pilots, a research effort that is nothing new to Dr. Sather.(Pictured below with Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies at the Academy.)

CmdrThomasSather_29Apr15_edited“The original interest started three years ago but the specific query on energy beverage use by Navy and Marine Corps personnel began two years ago,” Dr. Sather said. The original study began with a pool of 30 student pilots and showed that the overall performance of technical flight skills appeared to be reduced by energy drinks. Another finding through his research was that those participants that took nutritional supplements, like vitamins and creatine, were less likely to use energy drinks. Likewise, those who used energy drinks were less likely to take nutritional supplements.

Dr. Sather plans to continue his research by following up with previous study subjects as they move around in the military and age through the years to see if these two factors play a role in the usage of energy drinks. Conducting research on a new, younger set of test subjects is also the next direction that he would like to pursue.

United States Sports Academy Joins with Team River Runner to Assist Veterans

The United States Sports Academy has joined forces with Team River Runner’s (TRR) Mobile/Daphne Chapter to create programs locally to benefit active duty and veteran service members. The service pillar of the Academy’s mission “To serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research, and service” and TRR’s mission “To create an environment of healthy adventure for healing active duty and veteran service members through paddle sports” are a perfect match. Both the Academy and TRR believe very strongly that programs to assist the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines that have served our country are an essential element in them having a productive life after the military.

In order to raise the funds necessary to purchase the adaptive equipment required to allow all veterans to learn paddle sports regardless of any disability, there will be a special event on the Academy campus on Saturday 1 August beginning at 8:00 A.M. This event will be covered live by local television and radio stations and has sponsorship from Home Depot, Budweiser, and Fired Up, Inc. Home Depot will be providing volunteers on the day of the event, Budweiser will provide a keg truck, and Fired Up will be cooking BBQ Ribs competition style. Ribs will be on sale from 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. and all proceeds will go directly to the purchase of equipment.

Join the Academy and TRR on Saturday 1 August from 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. for a day of fun events, good food, and to support a wonderful cause. Our veterans have served us well and now we can provide them with a small token of our appreciation.  The goal is to raise enough money to ensure that any participating veteran can do so absolutely free of charge!

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit

Academy Renews Contract with Shanghai Administration of Sports

The United States Sports Academy has recently renewed a contract with the Shanghai Administration of Sports (SAS) to continue the delivery of the Academy’s International Diploma in Sports Coaching program.

Dr. T. J. Rosandich, Academy Vice President and COO (left), met with Dr. Guo Bei, Vice President of the SAS, to finalize details of the sport coaching program that has been developed by the Academy.

The coaching program is being tailored to the students that will be participating. Of the 47 new coaches planning to participate in the international program, about two-thirds of them are youth coaches. The Academy will be using a revised version of several courses in order to focus on the skills necessary for working with young athletes.

The Academy has a decades-long connection with the SAS, which plays a vital role in the development of sports in China.

The United States Sports Academy, known around the world as America’s Sports University, is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sport university created to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports.

Academy Faculty to Present at SACSCOC Annual Meeting

The members of the Program Planning Committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) recently commented on a proposal submitted to the committee by Dr. Stephen Butler, the Academy’s Dean of Academic Affairs, and Ms. Sandra Geringer, a Doctoral Teaching Assistant, as being an “excellent proposal and an exciting topic that should benefit others.”

Dr. Butler and Ms. Geringer will represent the Academy during a 90-minute Concurrent Session at the SACSCOC Annual Meeting in December 2015. The session entitled, “A QEP Success Story: The Impact of an Interactive Writing Lab,” has two main objectives;

  • Value the importance of approaching the QEP as an evolving PROCESS; not a product
  • Summarize the unique demands of distance education, especially the importance of each student’s ability to write effectively

According to Dr. Butler, “The Academy’s goal for this session is that participants can take advantage of our experience in both distance education and development of the ACCESS Writing Tutorials to enhance student learning. We believe very strongly in the idea that everything we do from strategic planning to the self-study for reaffirmation of accreditation is a process, not a product. Many of us at the Academy have worked at other institutions that viewed the QEP and other similar efforts as a product and thus were not nearly as effective. We believe in this method and our enthusiasm for the results will come through loud and clear during our presentation and inspire others to take this approach.”  

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