Distance Learning Faculty (DLF) members are available to assist current distance learning students as well as to provide information to those interested in the Academy and its programs. To contact a DLF member, please use their Academy e-mail address. You may also call the Academics Department at the Academy, 251.626.3303, for assistance.
Dr. Avant earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and his Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of South Carolina. In addition, he has completed post-graduate study in counseling from The Citadel and is certified in sports counseling by the National Institute of Sports. Dr. Avant received his Doctorate in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy and is a member of the National Faculty and Distance Learning Faculty. He is presently an elementary school Guidance Counselor and coaches both the varsity baseball and football teams. For the past twelve years, Dr. Avant has been coaching at the recreational, middle school, and high school levels. He is also an adjunct professor at Williamsburg Technical College and is actively involved in water sports. In his free time he teaches water skiing and wakeboarding.
Dr. Bestmann, world-renowned for his contributions to gymnastics, continues his long relationship with the United States Sports Academy as a distance learning and adjunct professor. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Florida State University while a member of the Seminoles’ national championship gymnastics team. For years Dr. Bestmann coached high school gymnastics in Florida and California and later started a gymnastics team at the University of Puerto Rico, as well as a national gymnastics program for the Kingdom of Bahrain. He has taught in Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia and was elected to the World Acrobatics Society for his contributions to international gymnastics. He was selected to teach in the Academy’s International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports program conducted in Malaysia. He taught seven courses in several locations in Malaysia during June-September 2012. Dr. Bestmann received his Ph. D in Health and Physical Education from the University of Utah.
Dr. Bogar has been a member of the faculty since 2007 and has served as the Dean of Student Services, the Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance, and the Director of Administration. He has taught courses for the Academy in the Kingdoms of Bahrain and Thailand. Bogar currently works in the College of Medicine at the University of South Alabama as a Project Coordinator for Pre-Doctoral Training and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine. He also serves on the adjunct faculties of the American Public University System and the University of Southern New Hampshire. Prior to the Academy, Bogar was a college athletics director at Loyola University-New Orleans and the University of Mobile. He also coached swimming and track respectively at those institutions. He has also worked as a college recreation/intramurals director. Bogar was voted the Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), in 2002-2003, and was voted the Southeast Region Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. Bogar has a bachelor’s degree from Bryant University, in Rhode Island, where he was swim team captain and received the Scholar-Athlete Graduation Award. He has a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and his doctorate from the Academy.
Dr. Borgese is Chair of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality with the City University of New York at Kingsborough Community College. His interest lies in teaching and research within the field of entrepreneurship, and he is involved in Work Force and Economic Development projects that serve the greater New York City area. .He has served as a consultant for various businesses in his native, Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Borgese has a BA in Philosophy from Brooklyn College, an MBA from Baruch College, and received his Doctorate in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy.
Dr. Culpepper has had a successful career of teaching, coaching, training, and research. He earned his Ed. D. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alabama in 1981. He has a master’s in physiology/biophysics from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and a bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry from UAB. Dr. Culpepper also has a certificate of advanced study in education from UAB and a State of Alabama Certification in Educational Administration from the University of Montevallo. Dr. Culpepper has been associated with the United States Sports Academy since 1987 and has taught the Academy’s Sport Coaching Certification Program in Thailand and Malaysia. He has coached softball, basketball, football, tennis, and baseball and officiated in football and baseball. He has worked as a consultant and an assistant professor in the areas of health, physical therapy, and biomechanics and is a widely-published researcher in areas related to sports medicine.
Dr. Davis is an assistant professor of sport management at Niagara University, where he has served for six years. A graduate of the United States Sports Academy’s Doctor of Education in Sport Management program, Dr. Davis previously was an assistant professor and curriculum coordinator for business technologies/sports management at Alfred (NY) State College. A former soccer coach, Dr. Davis is the Northeast Regional Chair of the NJCAA All-American Selection Committee for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A former volunteer emergency medical technician, Davis also made presentations on sports marketing and leadership.
Dr. Drawdy has over 30 years experience as an administrator, teacher, and football coach in South Carolina where he served on many athletic committees and boards including the South Carolina Football Coaches Association, South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association, South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association, and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He also had the honor of coaching in both the 1999 North-South All-Star game and the 2004 Shrine Bowl. Dr. Drawdy has a bachelor’s degree in psychology/education from Francis Marion University, a master’s degree in elementary education from Francis Marion University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Dutko has worked as a Nationally Certified (ATC) and Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) in the traditional setting as a high school, college, professional indoor football athletic trainer, and in the non-traditional setting as a co-founder of a free standing sports medicine clinic, and as a Corporate/Occupational Athletic Trainer. He has worked with athletes of all sports and the physically active of all ages and skill levels in preventing, evaluating, treating, and rehabilitating injuries of all types and severity. Dr. Dutko currently is the Head Athletic Trainer for the highly competitive Saint James School a private college prep school located 60 miles West of Washington DC, and provides freelance sports medicine coverage for athletic events at all levels. He has taught Health/Physical Education for 25 years at the high school level and has coached and played several sports including, football, wrestling, baseball, track & field, and soccer. Dr. Dutko earned his B.S. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, M.S. degree from West Virginia University, and his Doctorate Ed.D from the United States Sports Academy. He holds his ATC from the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification and his LAT from the Board of Medicine of Virginia and from the Board of Physicians of Maryland.
Dr. Esposito received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Catholic University of America. He received a Dual-Master’s of sport science degree in Sports Medicine and Sport Fitness Management from the United States Sports Academy. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life University, where he received a scholarship from the sports chiropractic department and traveled with Life University’s Nationally-ranked track teams as their athletic trainer. Dr. Esposito has an extensive background in sports medicine, sports chiropractic and sports performance coaching. He is a chiropractic physician with certifications in teaching, athletic training, strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, exercise physiology and sport safety. He is currently working on Post-Graduate work in Sport Psychology. Dr. Esposito has also done consulting work within the occupational health and safety industry and the facility construction industry. He is a NATA - Certified Athletic Trainer and an NSCA - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has served as a team physician, an athletic trainer and strength coach at the high school, college, and Professional/Olympic levels.
Dr. Juarie received a Ph. D in Motor Behavior Dr. Juarie received a Ph. D in Motor Behavior at Florida State University, after several years of working as a head coach, certified athletic trainer, instructor in first aid, and water safety instructor. In 1975 he was hired to coach women’s gymnastics and softball at his alma matter, Winona State University in Minnesota, where he led the softball team to the NAIA College World Series and the gymnastics team to two national championships. After retiring from coaching, he worked as an athletic director, helping WSU change from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. Dr. Juaire received his Bachelor’s of Science and Master of Science degree from WSU.
Dr. Leonard spent several years as a collegiate volleyball coach, building successful programs at Georgia State, St. Louis University, and North Florida, while teaching business as an adjunct professor. He has taught classes in entrepreneurship, all levels of management, and a range of marketing classes. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Business Administration and Accounting at Flagler College in Tallahassee, FL. Over the past 14 years, Dr. Leonard has written numerous articles in the field of sports administration. These articles (published by the American Volleyball Coaches Association - the governing body of the sport) encompass every aspect of sports management including (but not limited to) planning, organization, human resource management and strategic management. His main focus over the past four years has been publishing textbooks. His second textbook, The Administrative Side of Coaching: Applying Business Concepts to Athletic Program Administration and Coaching (2008), was published by International Center for Performance Excellence – Fitness Information Technology at West Virginia University. Dr. Leonard has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Robert Morris University, an MBA in management from Florida Metropolitan University-Tampa College, and a Ph.D. in administration and management from Walden University. He has certifications in strategic management and leadership from the American Management Association, as well as certifications in professional learning, collaborative learning, and classroom management.
Dr. Moon received his PhD in Exercise Physiology from The University of Oklahoma, his Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Florida Atlantic University, and his Bachelor’s degree in Movement Science from Grand Valley State University. Dr. Moon is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Certified Health and Fitness Specialist (HFS) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Dr. Moon has trained all levels of athletes, including professionals in Major League baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, as well as college athletes and teams in addition to youth and fitness clients. He has presented at multiple scientific conferences, including NSCA and ACSM national conferences. Dr. Moon has published more than fifty research articles and abstracts in the areas of sports nutrition and human body composition and changes regarding age and fitness level. Jordan serves as a research reviewer for the NSCA, the International Federation of Sports Medicine, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins / Wolters Kluwer Health, Human Kinetics, Springer Science+Business Media, NRC Research Press, Reed Elsevier PLC, Oxford University Press, The American Physiological Society, Assist Group Comp., BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. & the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine. Dr. Moon is currently the Research Institute Director for MusclePharm Corp. where he oversees clinical trials for sports supplements and develops educational materials for their Sports Science Center.
Dr. Nathlar, a professor of anatomy and physiology for 15 years and Department Chair of Associated Health Sciences at Horry-Georgetown Technical College is a 1995 graduate of the United States Sports Academy’s doctoral program. She also earned a master’s degree in Sports Medicine at the Academy in 1991. Dr. Nathlar graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. She earned her graduate degrees and started teaching at the collegiate level while she was teaching physics, chemistry, and physical science at Conway (SC) High School, where she was also the cheerleader sponsor and worked with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Dr. Newman is currently an associate professor at York College of Pennsylvania. Heearned his doctorate in sport management at the United States Sports Academy (1999), his master’s degree in education at the University of Virginia (1995) and his bachelor’s degree from Towson State University (1994). As a member of the United States Sports Academy’s National Faculty, Dr. Newman works with distance learning students and has taught courses in Botswana, Malaysia and Thailand. He actively contributes his time to a variety of community projects and volunteer programs each year. Dr. Newman writes a weekly blog and his primary areas of research include marketing, new media, social networking and issues related to leadership.
Dr. Overton currently serves as Athletic Director at the University of Pikeville. In addition, Overton serves as Professor of Sport Management at Pikeville where he currently teaches Sport Facility Management. Overton is in the process of assisting in the development of an Undergraduate Emphasis in Sport Management and Master of Science in Sport Management at UPIKE. Previously he served as a tenured Professor of Sport Management at Virginia State University where he was Program Coordinator of the Sports Administration Graduate Program. He has an Ed.D. from Temple University. Dr. Overton has published 18 Books/Manuals/Manuscripts/Monographs and has over 30 published articles. Dr. Overton has delivered over 50 professional presentations with 20 of those being international. He has professionally consulted and taught sport marketing classes in nine (9) countries and developed multiple MOUs between U.S. and international universities. He has initiated and developed 8 degree and/or certificate programs at two universities and for entities such as the Special Olympics and the United States Coast Guard. Overton has served as an international sports consultant to Host Communications and Anthony Travel where he has delivered presentations to the Beijing Olympic Committee and various international sport firms. Dr. Overton has held a variety of positions in college athletic administration. Professional team sport experience was gained with the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Phillies. Dr. Overton has worked with several NCAA Regional Tournaments in Baseball and Basketball and Overton’s work with the Charlotte Organizing Committee during the 1994 Final Four Basketball Tournament was commended by the NCAA.
Dr. Phillips received his undergraduate degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN, his masters from the University of New Orleans and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has worked over 20 years in elementary and high school education while coaching during his school experiences. After earning his Ph.D., Dr. Phillips began his university experience at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. During his 20 years teaching at the university level in both urban and rural setting, Dr. Phillips has served several institutions, coached while teaching, supervised student teachers and served as physical education-teacher education program coordinator. He has served on state committees working to update national teacher certification tests and has served on an ETS national committee. Dr. Phillips has authored several articles and made national and state presentations, particularly on pedagogical topics.
Dr. Reeves, who has coached football, basketball and softball at the scholastic level for 35 years, obtained his Doctor of Sport Management degree from the United States Sports Academy in 2002. He received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in education from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Reeves has been named region Coach of the Year in basketball four times, with a high school coaching record of 315-152, three Upper State championships and one Lower State championship. He also has two Lower State championships in softball and has served on the Executive Board of the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association for eight years. He was president of the board in 2001.
Dr. Renwick, who now lives in Trophy Club, Texas, was Dean of the College at the United States Sports Academy in 1986 and served as Chair of Sports Management prior to that. A former football coach and athletic director in Porterville, Calif., he earned his Ph. D in education administration/supervision and curriculum at Florida State University. Dr. Renwick earned his master’s degree in education and bachelor’s in history at Stanford University.
Dr. Rice has been in higher education for over 15 years at colleges across the country. He has served in coaching and administrative roles at the NCAA Division I and III levels, NAIA and NCCAA levels, and at the high school level during his career. He has served as a head collegiate coach in basketball, cross country, golf, and soccer during this time, as well as serving in the roles of Sports Information Director and Athletic Director. Many of Rice’s former student-athletes have gone on to become sport coaches and administrators. In addition, he served in the business world as a professional fundraiser with the American Heart Association. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of Mobile, a Master of Sport Science degree in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy, and a Doctor of Sports Management degree in Sport Management/Human Resource Management from the United States Sports Academy.
Dr. Sakiewicz (aka Dr. Soccer) has been a member of the USSA distance learning faculty since 2009 and is CEO, President & Managing Partner of various companies in industries such as commercial energy management, real estate investment, and leisure travel, to name a few. On the sports-specific side of things, Dr. Sakiewicz runs a sports and entertainment consulting company specifically focused on professional soccer with close ties to Major League Soccer (MLS) working with the league’s front office and franchises such as FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo, and the Philadelphia Union, of which his brother, Nick, is CEO and Operating Partner. Dr. Sakiewicz is a founding executive and past-President of the San Antonio Metropolitan Youth Soccer Institute, a 501 c3 nonprofit charity and soccer leadership think-tank. Dr. Sakiewicz is also co-founder of Passing Hope, a second charity which was instrumental in helping establish Haiti’s first-ever Amputee National Soccer Team as part of the ongoing relief efforts following the 2010 earthquake. He served on the delegation that took the team to Argentina to compete in the 2010 Amputee World Cup. Dr. Sakiewicz holds a Ph.D. in Organization & Management with an emphasis in Sports Entrepreneurship from Capella University and published his dissertation entitled, A Comparative Study of Enterprise Risk Management and Decision Making Criteria Use to Develop Soccer-Specific Stadiums for Major league Soccer. Dr. Sakiewicz also holds an MS in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a BS in Business Administration in Marketing from Loyola University in Maryland.
Dr. Simmermacher is a teacher/coach at Artesia High school in Artesia, New Mexico, where he teaches in the special education department as an inclusion teacher in the History department. He will be an assistant varsity baseball coach and does the off-season conditioning for all male athletes. He spent six years at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM as an Instructor/Head Baseball Coach. He originally came to the Mobile, AL area in 1981 on a baseball scholarship to the University of South Alabama and played for the legendary Eddie Stanky. Upon Coach Stanky’s retirement in 1983, he transferred to the University of West Florida, where he graduated with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health, leisure, and sports/physical education in 1986. He received his Doctor of Sport Management degree from the United States Sports Academy in 2003. Dr. Simmermacher taught and coached golf, girls’ basketball and baseball for 15 years in Crestline, Ohio. During his time in Ohio he taught and coached a variety of sports at three different schools. From 2000-2005 he was the head golf coach, head girl’s basketball coach, and the head baseball coach for Crestline High School. From 1995-1997, Dr. Simmermacher coached baseball at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio in a part-time capacity. His 1995 team made the school’s first trip to the NCAA Division II College World Series.
Dr. Snyder served as athletic director and professor of health science at two universities, including 21 years at Bluffton (Ohio) College, where he chaired the PE department, and 10 years at Hope International University in Fullerton, Calif. The former Dean of Student Services at the United States Sports Academy has also served as director of admissions for the International School of Theology in San Bernardino Arrowhead Springs, Calif. where he recruited graduate students. He has also coached basketball at both the high school and collegiate level. Dr. Snyder received his Ed. D. from the University of Northern Colorado, his master’s degree from Kent State, and his bachelor’s degree from Bluffton College.
Dr. Brian Wallace earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University with a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Southern Illinois University. He served 5 years at the United States Sports Academy as the Chair of Sport Fitness and is currently a member of their National Faculty, an adjunct professor at Florida State University and a Seminar Speaker for Cross Country Education on Exercise Testing and Prescription for health care personnel. At Bosse Sports and Health Club in Boston, he served as the Executive Director of the Lifestyle and Performance Center and Senior Vice President of Applied Physiology and Nutrition for the Human Performance Institute in Orlando. Dr. Wallace also directed the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Fitness and Testing Center at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center. As a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine his numerous publications in scientific, medical and fitness journals include Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and Physician and Sports Medicine. With over 25 years in health, fitness and athletics as a researcher, professor, player, coach and trainer, Dr. Wallace represents the gold standard in applied research. His training, certifications, research and experience with everyone from Olympic and professional athletes to cardiac and diabetic patients over the past 25 years has allowed Dr. Wallace to create a testing and training system that sets the standard for the health/fitness industry.