uscceThree recent sports coaching bachelor’s degree students are the first to graduate from the United States Sports Academy under the program’s new comprehensive accreditation from the National Committee for the Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE).

The NCACE accreditation, working under the auspices of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE), signifies that the Academy’s Bachelor of Sports Science degree in Sports Coaching is aligned with the National Standards for Sports Coaches (NASPE, 2006) and the NCACE Guidelines for program supervision, personnel, and operations.

The Academy’s first sports coaching bachelor’s graduates under the new accreditation are Seng Thao of Green Bay, Wisc.; Wilson A. Ramos of Hamilton, N.J.; and Jared Shawn Hafen of Killeen, Texas. All Academy sports coaching bachelor’s graduates will receive an NCACE certificate to go along with their diplomas upon graduation.

“Completing my BSS in Sports Coaching was an exceptional experience, one in which I was able to study, in-depth, all the facets of sports coaching, as well as the many different aspects of the sporting industry,” Hafen said. “While I gained a wealth of coaching knowledge through my studies, I also realized how much more there is to learn about sports coaching, and through the academy, I now know how and where to find the answers.”

Quality coaches have multiple fundamental roles, so the Academy’s Sports Coaching course work covers ethics, sports medicine, psychology, administrative and management functions, as well as the skills and drills, technical, tactical and strategic knowledge relevant to all coaching assignments. The Academy becomes the only institution with an NCACE accredited degree program and organizational memberships in both the USCCE and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE).

Academy chair of sports coaching Dr. Roch King said the NCACE accreditation shows the Academy’s commitment to leadership in sport education.

“The Academy has set an ambitious goal of being a model global provider of coaching education,” King said. “The accreditation of the B.S.S. in Sports Coaching is an important step for our degree programs. We are grateful to the accrediting team at NCACE and the leadership of USCCE for their honest analysis and recommendations. The process will make all of our programs, foreign and domestic, that much stronger.”

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