Pictured left to right are the new doctoral teaching assistants: Patrick Brennan, Amber Magner, John Petty, Kristy Crowley and Brandon Spradley. Their three-year residential program kicks off on Sept. 6.

For the first time in more than a decade, the United States Sports Academy has a residential doctoral program on campus.

The Academy’s five new teaching assistants, who were selected from more than 100 applicants, will begin the three-year program on Sept. 6.

“I believe this is a very talented group of TAs, which has been confirmed by their interactions with our residential and non-residential faculty,” said Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. “We expect great things from them while they are in the program and in the future.”

Below is more information about each of the doctoral teaching assistants.

Patrick Brennan

  • Earned bachelor’s with honors in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy at Michigan State University in 2007 and Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School at Michigan State in May 2010.
  • Worked as a bankruptcy attorney for Trott & Trott at Farmington Hills, Mich., facilitating mediations between banks and borrowers.
  • Wrote and edited opinions in federal prisoner rights cases for the Honorable Robert Holmes Bell in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
  • Attended 2010 NCAA Regional Rules Seminar, 2010 NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar and 2009 Sports Lawyers Association annual conference.
  • Oversaw varsity and intramural athletic facilities for nearly three years as the Club Sports Supervisor at Michigan State University’s intramural sports department.

Quote: “I really have a passion for sports. I’ve always envisioned myself at a university in an administrative or teaching capacity. This degree is a straight shot to that kind of career.”

Kristy Crowley

  • Holds bachelor’s in education from Southwest Baptist University in 2001 and master’s degrees in education from Hofstra University in 2003 and applied physiology from Columbia University in 2009.
  • Playing professional women’s basketball in Denmark for the past two years and coaching for the Division II Jonstrup Club in Ballerup, Denmark.
  • Served as a Columbia University professor teaching physical education curriculum for three years.
  • Columbia University strength and conditioning coach and athletic administrator for women’s basketball, lacrosse, volleyball and men’s swimming and diving teams.
  • Seven years coaching experience at the collegiate level, including as assistant basketball coach and strength and conditioning coach at Arizona State University, Hofstra University, University of Texas-Pan American, Fordham University and Columbia.
  • Published journal article, “Energy Specific Training for the Game of Basketball,” in The Sport Journal in 2005.

Quote: “It’s important to me to become a college professor and I definitely want to do it internationally. Because of all the international work the Academy does, I thought this was a wonderful opportunity.”

Amber Magner

  • Bachelor’s degree in General Studies/Business in 1997 and master of education in sports management from the University of New Orleans in 1999.
  • Ten years experience as head coach and assistant coach for women’s basketball programs at University of Louisiana at Monroe, California State University and Furman University.
  • Team captain of Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles women’s basketball team and Ventura College.
  • Taught lecture class, Foundations of Coaching in Sports Management, at California State University.
  • Created, designed, implemented and ran intramural program at California State.

Quote: “As a former coach, I’ve often gotten very frustrated with the administration and the decisions they made that negatively affected my teams. I want to learn how I can run an athletic department the most effective and efficient way possible.”

John Petty

  • Earned his bachelor’s in Business Administration from Cal State University in 1991 and master’s in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University in 2006.
  • Started the California Baptist University wrestling program from scratch in 2008 and also served as head coach at Northwestern College and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, winning 2011 National Coach of the Year honors for guiding his team to the 2011 national championship.
  • All-American wrestler and team captain at Fresno City College and is five-time masters national champion in free-style, Greco and folk-style.
  • Commanding Officer in the U.S. Army and earned the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Humanitarian Service Medal.
  • Owned a marketing company for six years that he sold.

Quote: “It’s always been my goal to earn a doctorate. I tell my wrestlers all the time to aim for the top. Now it’s time for me to step up and take my own advice.”

Brandon Spradley

  • University of Alabama graduated cum laude with bachelor’s in Kinesiology in December 2009.
  • Earned master’s in Exercise Science from the University of Alabama in December 2010.
  • Member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key Club Honor Society the All-Academic Team for U.S. track and field and on the National Dean’s List and Academic Honor Roll for four years.
  • Worked in the University of Alabama Microbiology Lab as a lab assistant.
  • As a sprinter on the Alabama track and field team, he qualified for the Division I national championships twice and was named All-Southeastern Conference in 2010.
  • Won Alabama state championships, while at LeFlore High School in Mobile, in the 400m, 4x400m relay and the 4x200m relay.

Quote: “I want to develop a good coaching foundation and in the short-term become a track and field coach. Down the road, I’d like to go on and become and athletic director. The United States Sports Academy is known worldwide, so I’m looking forward to making a lot of national and international contacts.”

Tentative Doctoral Course Rotation Schedule