United States Sports Academy

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United States Sports Academy
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Established 1972.
President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich
Vice-president Dr. Thomas J. Rosandich
Location Daphne, Alabama, United States
Campus Daphne
Nickname America's Sports University
Mascot Sammy the Eagle
Website http://www.ussa.edu

The United States Sports Academy is an accredited, sport-specific institution located in Daphne, Alabama. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1972, the Academy has provided its sports programs to more than 60 countries around the world.


Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich founded the Academy in 1972 in response to an inferior performance by the United States Olympic team in the 1972 Munich Games. Athletes were lacking quality coaching and training. The Academy's programs served as an education resource to upgrade coaching through instruction, research and service.

The Academy's campus is also home to the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), which was founded in 1984. The collection contains more than 1,000 works of sport art from world-renowned artists, many of whom have been honored by the Academy as Sport Artist of the Year. The Academy is also developing an outdoor Sculpture Park on campus, which is dedicated to celebrating sport with the erection of numerous environmentally friendly sculptures.

Another aspect of the Academy is its Awards of Sport series, also known as its tribute to "The Artist and the Athlete." These awards honor sports figures for their accomplishments and achievements in such things as performance, humanitarian activities, fitness and media.

Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award[edit]

Note: There is a separate "Amos Alonzo Stagg Award" presented by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
For list of awardees, see footnote[1]

The Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award[2] is presented each year, for the preceding calendar year. It was first presented in 1985, for the 1984 sports year. Each recipient receives the USSA's Order of the Eagle Exemplar medal and Academy Rosette.[3]

  • 1987 Kay Yow ( North Carolina State University women’s basketball)[1]
  • 2012 Mike Krzyzewski ( USA Olympic Team and Duke University Men’s Head Basketball Coach)[1]
  • 2013 John Harbaugh ( Head Coach of the Baltimore Ravens (2013 NFL Super Bowl Champions))[1]
  • 2014 Gus Malzahn ( Auburn University Head Football Coach, 2013 Southeastern Conference Champions)[1][4]
  • 2015 Geno Auriemma (University of Connecticut Women's Head Basketball Coach)[5]

Carl Maddox Sport Management Award[edit]

The Carl Maddox Sport Management Award is presented each year. It was first presented in 1991.[6]

  • 2010 Gene Smith ( Director of Athletics, Ohio State University)[7]
  • 2011 Joan Cronan ( Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)[7]
  • 2012 Joe Castiglione ( University of Oklahoma Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Program and Director of Athletics)[7]
  • 2013 Mal Moore ( Late Director of Athletics at the University of Alabama)[7]
  • 2014 Judy Rose ( Esteemed NCAA Division I Athletic Director of the Charlotte 49ers)[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award webpage. American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) website. United States Sports Academy. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
  2. ^ See also the Sporting News list of the 50 greatest coaches of all time (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, college basketball, and college football). D'Alessio, Jeff (July 29, 2009). "Sporting News' 50 greatest coaches of all time". SportingNews.com. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Donovan Presented With United States Sports Academy Coaching Award". GatorZone.com. July 17, 2007. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  4. ^ "Another national award for Auburn's Gus Malzahn". AuburnTigers.com. May 30, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  5. ^ a b "UConn's Geno Auriemma Receives Amos Alonzo Stagg Award". Hartford Courant (Tribune Company). May 28, 2015. Retrieved 3 Jun 2015. 
  6. ^ Awards of Sport: Carl Maddox Sport United States Sports Academy. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "CARL MADDOX SPORT MANAGEMENT AWARD". American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA). Retrieved 3 Jun 2015. 

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