United State Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich has announced the appointment of Brandon Spradley as the Academy’s new Acting Director of Continuing Education.

Spradley, of Mobile, Ala., has completed the coursework for his Doctor of Education in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy. His dissertation topic will focus on sport-related concussions.

“I am truly blessed and honored on becoming the Acting Director of Continuing Education,” Spradley said. “This is not an easy position as I will have a lot to learn in a short amount of time, but I’m certainly up for the challenge.”

In 2011, Spradley was chosen as one of five Academy doctoral teaching assistants from more than 100 applicants. One year later, he traveled to Malaysia on a three-week teaching assignment to assist in the training of 1,000 Malaysian physical education teachers on the latest techniques and sports science for youth sports.

Spradley graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in December of 2009 and a master’s degree in Human Performance in May of 2011.

In addition to receiving numerous awards as a student at the University of Alabama, Spradley was also an All-Southeastern Conference Track and Field performer, a two-time qualifier for the NCAA Division I National Championships and named to the All-Academic Team for U.S. Track and Field.

Prior to accepting his position as doctoral teaching assistant at the Academy, Spradley worked as a lab assistant in the University of Alabama’s Microbiology Lab.

“My experience at the United States Sports Academy has been very rewarding,” Spradley said. “Throughout my three years as a doctoral teaching assistant, I’ve been on international assignments to Malaysia, developed several manuscripts and abstracts, and worked on major grants and projects. My favorite project was developing a concussion education program for schools and youth sport programs in the Mobile and Baldwin county communities. I believe my experience as a teaching assistant will help me transition into my new position.”

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 www.ussa.edu.