DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy hosted a group of Mobile, Ala., area sports leaders for a panel discussion to share their sports knowledge with 18 students from China as part of the United States Sports Academy’s International Diploma in Sports Coaching (IDSC) program.
The panel discussion – moderated by Academy Director of Doctoral Studies Dr. Fred Cromartie – included Mobile Sports Authority Executive Director Danny Corte; former University of South Alabama Athletic Director and Mobile Sports Hall of Fame inductee Joe Gottfried; Spring Hill College Director of Athletics and Recreation Jim Hall; University of South Alabama Associate Athletic Director and Title IX Coordinator Jinni Frisbey; and Patrick Adams, a referee for the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
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The 29 September 2016 discussion was part of the Academy’s Sports Leadership Principles course, which is taught by Cromartie and Sandra K. Geringer, the Academy’s acting director of sport studies. The Academy is hosting the students, who are elite athletes from China, on campus to prepare them for careers in coaching under the IDSC program in cooperation with the Shanghai Sports Bureau and the Shanghai Administration of Sports (SAS).
Prior to starting their coaching careers the students competed in a variety of sports – basketball, fencing, volleyball, soccer, badminton, archery, swimming, martial arts, gymnastics, water polo and sailing – in China at the national and Olympic levels.
Under the IDSC program, the Academy is leading the training of 100 elite athletes in China who are pursuing careers as coaches. The top students are selected to come to the United States to tour American sports facilities and receive instruction from Academy faculty in a wide range of coaching subjects.
The students arrived in Atlanta, Ga., in August and toured the EPI Center, Georgia Dome, Bobby Dodd Stadium at Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and Emory University. They arrived at the Academy’s campus in Daphne on 5 September and will receive 40 days of instruction, in addition to numerous site visits to area sports facilities and events.
While the students are on campus Academy faculty are leading them in six courses – Advanced Coaching Techniques, Sports Leadership Principles, Ethics in Sports, Physical Fitness & Conditioning, Sports Psychology, and Promotions and Events Planning – as well as lab and weight room practical training in hydrostatic weighing, air displacement plethysmography, muscular strength testing and more.
The Academy has had a working relationship with the SAS since 2008, and has delivered sport education programs in more than 66 nations since being founded in 1972. The Academy partnered with the SAS for the current training program in 2014 and students from China will return to Daphne in 2017.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally 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 additional information on the Academy, visit www.ussa.edu or call 251-626-3303.