Becton2The ability to do coursework at your own pace and being 100 percent online are two things that played key roles in the graduation of a recent alumnus of the United States Sports Academy.

University of Washington Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach Torre Becton attained his master’s degree in July providing him the opportunity to continue his climb up the coaching ranks.

Coach Becton earned his master’s degree in Sports Science while juggling five different job changes and moving across the country. In his current position and fourth season at Washington, he works solely with the school’s football team, overseeing the physical strength and development programs while enhancing their performance through exercises, agility and acceleration and deceleration drills.

“We basically do as many things as we can to prepare them to play the game of football at a high level,” said Becton. “We try to keep them as healthy as possible and keep them on the field.  We also give consideration to injury reduction and joint mobility.”

Torre Becton_Washington_Game_Photo4During his four years at Washington, Becton has had the unique experience of working for multiple coaching staffs at the University, which competes in the PAC-12 Conference and finished with a 9-4 record last year.

“Torre (Becton) had an amazing mentorship experience at the University of Washington,” said Dr. Stephen Butler, the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Academy. “We thought he would experience a normal big-time Division I football season, but what he got was quite extraordinary as Washington coach Steve Sarkisian resigned to take the job at USC and Washington hired Chris Peterson away from Boise State.”

With the changes, Becton had the opportunity to become introduced to multiple football programs within a short period of time.

“Torre (Becton) was an outstanding student at the Academy and obviously did great work during his mentorship as he was asked by Coach Peterson to remain on his staff full time,” said Dr. Butler. “We are proud of him and know he will be an alumnus that will continue to do great things.”

Coach Becton is proud to have received his master’s degree and says that when the time comes for a transition, his degree will provide him with a significant advantage.

“Earning my master’s degree is one of my highlights,” said Becton. “The really cool thing was that the degree and program followed me all around the country. Before enrolling into the master’s program at the Academy, I looked into several other programs that were not 100 percent online. Because the program was 100 percent online, I could do the program at my own pace. Those were the things that really attracted me to the Academy.”

Prior to his position at Washington, Becton served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for South Carolina State University. From 2009 to 2010, he served as an assistant strength coach for the NFL’s Houston Texans. He also served as an assistant at Iowa State University.

From 2003 to 2006, Becton assisted with the implementation of programs for Baylor University’s speed, strength, and explosive training department. He assisted the strength and conditioning program for the football team and oversaw the design and implementation of the track and field team and the volleyball squad’s yearly training programs.

During his tenure at Baylor, Becton worked with 2004 Olympic 400-meter gold medalist Jeremy Wariner and Darold Williamson, who joined Wariner on the winning Olympic 4×400-meter relay team in Athens, Greece. During his Baylor tenure, Becton designed strength training and conditioning programs that helped the men’s tennis team advance to the NCAA Final Four every year and win the NCAA National Championship in 2004.

Coach Becton earned his bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education and Fitness Management from North Carolina A & T State in 2000. He was the first in his family to attend college and play collegiate football.  Becton says he quickly learned that only a small percentage of college football players move onto the NFL and understood the importance of higher education.

Becton, who currently resides in Kenmore, Wash., is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA). He is a Certified Sports Performance Coach through the United States Weightlifting (USAW), a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a member of the National Association of Speed and Explosion and the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA).

The United States Sports Academy, known around the world as America’s Sports University, is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports-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.