My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of University: US Merchant Marine Academy
Location: Kings Point, NY
Until today I had no idea that the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) was one of the five US service academies. The others I knew US Coast Guard, US Naval, US Military, and Air Force Academy.
I also didn’t know that the Men’s Basketball Coach at USMMA Dennis Kazimir worked alongside a great friend of mine Daniel Roose while he was at VCU. I hired Daniel at UNC Pembroke and is he a phenomenal strength and conditioning coach.
Dennis and Daniel both were part of Shaka Smart staff at VCU. Dennis was a graduate assistant at VCU in 2012-13.
Today Daniel is now the strength and conditioning coach at Texas under Shaka Smart. I did a blog post on Shaka and Daniel in 2015.
All graduates of the USMMA have a service obligation upon graduation that provides the most career options offered by any of the federal academy.
- Graduates can choose to work five years in the United States maritime industry with eight years of service as an officer in any reserve unit of the armed forces.
- Or five years active duty in any of the nation’s armed forces.
Between 1874 and 1936, diverse Federal legislation supported maritime training through scholarships, internships at sea and other methods. A disastrous fire in 1934 aboard the passenger ship MORRO CASTLE, in which 134 lives were lost, convinced the U.S. Congress that direct Federal involvement in efficient and standardized training was needed.
Photo below of the MORRO CASTLE on fire.
Congress passed the landmark Merchant Marine Act in 1936, and two years later, the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps was established. The first training was given at temporary facilities until the Academy’s permanent site in Kings Point, N. Y. was acquired in early 1942. Construction of the Academy began immediately, and 15 months later the task was virtually completed.
The Academy was dedicated on September 30, 1943, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who noted that “the Academy serves the Merchant Marine as West Point serves the Army and Annapolis the Navy.”
Three notable alums from USMMA include Carroll O’Connor, Jack Lord, and Andrew Card.