Dr. T. J. Rosandich serves as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the United States Sports Academy, where he earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees. In addition to having oversight responsibility for the Academy’s administrative and financial functions, he also chairs the Institutional Effectiveness Committee and is responsible for international programs. Dr. Rosandich rejoined the staff at the Academy’s main campus in 1994 after spending nine years in Saudi Arabia, where he was general manager of Saudi American Sports. In addition to running the company, based in Riyadh, Dr. Rosandich also served in other roles during his stay in the Middle East, such as the development of sports programs in the Arabian Gulf region and as the advisor to the President of the General Organization for Youth and Sports in Bahrain. A published author, Dr. Rosandich has served as a member of the Academy faculty, teaching in both the graduate degree and international certification programs.
Dr. Will Evans is the assistant dean of academics at the United States Sports Academy. He holds a doctorate in health education/health promotion with a concentration in epidemiology that was awarded jointly by the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist, a Certified Wellness Practitioner with the National Wellness Institute, and a Fellow of the Kansas Public Health Leadership Academy. His research interests include modification of health care provider behaviors related to patient health promotion, smoking cessation research, including smoking ordinance modification, infection control measures for manual therapists, and health behaviors in sport. Previously, he served as Director of Wellness Initiatives at Parker University in Dallas and for 17 years was in private practice as a chiropractor in Eufaula, Ala.
Dr. Cromartie earned his Ed.D. and M.S.S. from the United States Sports Academy. He also received an M.A. in Human Resource Development from Webster University and a B.A. from Ripon College. Dr. Cromartie has worked at the Academy as an Admissions Counselor, as a Graduate Assistant and as Director of Student Services before becoming a full time faculty member. He currently serves as Director of Doctoral Studies. Dr. Cromartie’s experiences include teaching, coaching, and administration in the areas of sports management and sports medicine.
Dr. Arthur G. Ogden has served in education for over forty-five years as a vice president of academic affairs, a head football coach at the high school, junior college, and collegiate levels, an athletic director at the high school and collegiate levels, a dean of liberal arts, a graduate dean, and a college president. He has taught in the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Middle East and in Botswana on the African Continent, as well as in Jamaica. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Caribbean School of Sport Science at the University of Technology-Jamaica. A native of Miami, Florida, Dr. Ogden earned his bachelor’s degree from LaSalle University, his master’s degree from the University of Delaware, and his doctor of philosophy degree from Walden University. His dissertation on Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophy of education won the coveted Dilley Award for Outstanding Dissertation of the Year in 1995 and is in the Library of Congress. He is also a member of the Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and has taught sports management for over a decade. In addition, he has coached football at the collegiate level for over 12 years and has served as Athletics Director at the collegiate level for over 10 years.
Dr. Edwards is Chair of the Department of Sports Exercise Science at the United States Sports Academy. He has over 15 years of teaching experience at Louisiana State (LSU), Wright State, Texas A&M - Kingville (TAMUK) and Lander University. He has taught for more than nine years online, and as part of a collaborative team helped launch online components to the kinesiology graduate program at TAMUK. Dr. Edwards has extensive peer-reviewed presentations and publications on a wide range including cardiopulmonary disease, pulmonary physiology, nutritional supplementation, cultural diversity, blood glucose and lipid profile, physical activity assessment and athletic power. For six years prior to earning his doctorate from LSU he worked with adult fitness, high-risk and diseases populations at the Heart and Fitness Center and Lallie Kemp Medical Center in Louisiana. He also earned his master’s in exercise science from LSU and bachelor’s degrees in physical education and math from Sam Houston State, where he was a member of two NAIA national championship golf teams. He enjoys golf, training for triathlons, gardening, regional and international cuisine and spending time with wife Cathy and son Jake.
Dr. William Steffen is the Chair of Sports Coaching at the United States Sports Academy. Dr. Steffen has served as a longtime teacher, professor and soccer coach at the collegiate and high school levels. His teaching and research expertise among other things includes sports psychology, leadership and motivation. Dr. Steffen served as the head women’s soccer coach at the University of Oregon for nine years and has nearly 20 years of coaching experience, including head and assistant coaching stints at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina, Lyndon State College, University at Albany, Greensboro College, Furman and Duke. In addition, he played professional soccer as a goalkeeper. He has also served as Senior National Staff Coach for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for 16 years. He holds a doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. Conrad Woolsey is the Chair of Sports Studies at the United States Sports Academy. Previously, he served as an assistant professor of health and human performance at Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, and a sport psychology consultant. He has also taught sport psychology at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. His research areas include positive motivation, addiction, health behavior change, health psychology and performance in athletes, as well as leading research on alcohol and energy drinks. He has authored publications and made several presentations related to his research. In addition, he is a former NCAA national champion in the shot put, Big 12 Champion, 2004 Olympic trials qualifier, and eight-time NCAA Track and Field All American. Dr. Woolsey earned his bachelor’s in physical education and coaching at Northwest Missouri State University and his master’s and doctorate in health education and promotion with an emphasis in sport psychology at the University of Missouri.
Ms. Betsy R. Smith was a member of the Academy team involved in a series of special projects with the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Such projects included design and implementation of fitness testing, interscholastic sports, physical education curriculum and sports medicine programs in the government schools. Smith is a former playing tennis professional with national and collegiate rankings. She has been consistently selected by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) as one of the top 200 teaching professionals in the United States. Smith received her B.A. in Physical Education from Stephens College and her M.S. in Exercise and Sport Science/Sport Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been included in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Outstanding College Athletes of America, and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at the United States Sports Academy.
Dr. Timothy Foley is currently working at the United States Sports Academy as a faculty member. He has five years of collegiate teaching experience in business and physical education subjects. In April 2009 he was assigned to teach a one-week course in Malaysia for the International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program. Dr. Foley has three years of collegiate baseball coaching experience at both the Division I and junior college level. He received his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in 2003, his MBA from University of Phoenix in 2005 and doctorate from the United States Sports Academy in 2011. Some of his hobbies include reading, fly-fishing, camping, and playing with his one-year old daughter, Amber.
William J. Price is a faculty member at the United States Sports Academy teaching in the bachelor’s program. He is pursuing the doctorate at the Academy, his main research interest being athlete development. Price formerly served as executive director and head coach of the Saluki Swim Club in Carbondale, Illinois, a position he held for 15 years. He also coached and taught in Florida and Vermont and during the 1980s worked in Malaysia and Brunei as part of an Academy project team. His efforts in Asia focused on developing age-appropriate sports programs at local and national levels. The task led him to the topic for his master’s thesis, Sport Structure in the U.S.S.R. He received his master’s degree from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.
Ms. Amber Magner is a doctoral teaching assistant at the United States Sports Academy. She received both her bachelor’s in business and master’s degree in sports management from the University of New Orleans, where she was a standout women’s basketball player. Magner coached women’s basketball for 10 years, including seven years as the head coach at California State University, Monterey. Magner led Cal State through the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. Also, she taught foundations of coaching in the university’s Sports Management program and created, designed, implemented and ran the intramural program.
Mr. Brandon Spradley is a doctoral teaching assistant at the United States Sports Academy. The former University of Alabama track and field sprinter qualified for the NCAA Division I national championships twice and was All-Southeastern Conference in 2010. In addition, he was named to the All-Academic Team for U.S. Track and Field, graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in Kinesiology in December 2009 and earned his master’s with honors in Exercise Science in December 2010. Spradley also worked in Alabama’s Microbiology Lab as a lab assistant.