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IMG Soccer Alum, Cherif Dieye, Named to 2016 All-ACC Academic Men's Soccer Team

Photo: University of Louisville Sports Information Freshman midfielder for the University of Louisville’s men’s soccer team and IMG Academy alum, Cherif Dieye, was named to the 2016 All-ACC Academic Men’s Soccer Team, as announced by Commissioner John Swofford on Tuesday. Dieye closed out his first collegiate soccer season ranked second for the Cardinals with five goals, one of which got Louisville the win over Ohio State on October 18. He appeared in all 22 games in the 2016 season. To be named to the All-ACC Academic Men’s Soccer team, a player must finish the semester with at least a 3.0...

IMG's Combine Training Program Preps 24 NFL Draft Prospects

Former Florida Gator, Alex Anzalone, trains with IMG Academy's performance coaches. (Gabriel Saint Malo/IMG Academy) As the NFL Combine is approaching, many top prospects look to attend specialized combine training programs to make sure they're at their best. After all, it is the biggest job interview of their lives. IMG Academy's combine training program attracts some of the best talent from across the nation to work with their team of football and performance experts at their state-of-the-art facilities in Bradenton, Florida. This years group includes 24 elite athletes, including Josh Dobbs, Kareem Hunt and David Sharpe. While they had several...

IMG Baseball Alumnus, Nick Patten, Named to Top 40 First Baseman List

Photo by: Mark Campbell, University of Delaware Athletics Photos By University of Delaware sophomore Nick Patten (Butler, Pa./IMG Academy) was selected as one of the top 40 first basemen in the nation at the NCAA Division I level, by Slotting in at number 37, Patten was the top selection among Colonial Athletic Association first basemen. “It’s a great honor for Nick to be selected the 37 th best first baseman in the country by D1 Baseball. He’s worked extremely hard in the off-season on his game. He’s got big league power and is a pro-style first baseman. We’re...

IMG Academy's Whitney Osuigwe Cruising with ITF Grade 1 Paraguay Title

Whitney Osuigwe with her trophy at the Asuncion Bowl in Paraguay. By Colette Lewis, USTA Florida junior tennis contributor Fourteen-year-old Whitney Osuigwe was born into tennis, with her father Desmond working as a coach at the IMG Academy in Bradenton for the past 19 years. After winning the Junior Orange Bowl 12s title in 2014, Osuigwe went on to capture the 14s Easter Bowl title and reach the final of the USTA 16s National Championships in 2015. Last year she turned her focus to International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Circuit events, with her ranking going from 413 to No. 111...

Is IMG Soccer Coach, Kevin Hartman, the Greatest MLS Goalkeeper of All Time?

FC Dallas goalkeeper, Kevin Hartman, pushes the ball wide for the save against the LA Galaxy. (Victor Decolongon / Stringer) Soccer blog, Everybody Soccer , released their list of the greatest MLS goalkeepers of all time on Monday. Sitting at the top in the number one spot is IMG Academy’s Director of Goalkeeping, Kevin Hartman – and we agree. Hartman played soccer for UCLA and then began his professional career in 1997 after being drafted by the LA Galaxy, where he played for ten years, followed by stints with the Kansas City Wizards, FC Dallas and New York Red Bulls....

Student-Athlete of the Week: Hunter James Dedicated to Giving Back and Hard Work in the Classroom and on the Court

IMG Academy student-athlete Hunter James is dedicated to his academics, his sport and giving back. The senior point guard for the Ascender boys basketball team was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and came to Bradenton two years ago to attend boarding school at IMG. In the classroom, James boasts an impressive 4.6 GPA and challenges himself with a tough academic schedule. He enjoys learning about anatomy and physiology because there are always new studies and research being done to improve life. After graduating from IMG Academy, James would like to study pre-med at the United States Naval Academy and become a...

Ascenders Set 11 New School Records at Eastern HS Challenge Track Meet

The IMG Academy track & field program continued the indoor season this past Saturday, January 28 th at the Eastern High School Challenge in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Many athletes on the team competed very well and improved upon performances from earlier this indoor season. Individual success was the key to an impressive 4 th place finish out of 34 teams on the girl’s side of competition and a 7 th place finish out of 38 teams on the boy’s side of competition. Patrick Dougherty had an impressive individual victory in the boy’s 1000 meter run with a time of...

Ole Miss Excited About Upcoming Season With IMG Alum Greer Holston

By Chase Parham, Ole Miss Sports It's not often a top-200 prospect is overlooked among a group of newcomers, but such has been life for Greer Holston. At least until he actually stepped on the mound at Swayze Field. The Rebels' No. 1 recruiting class featured five top-100 prospects, depending on the publication, and Ryan Rolison and Will Ethridge were the popular names to make early pitching impacts. And while those two are certainly talented and also in contention, Holston has matched -- or maybe moved ahead -- of them to this point. "He’s probably, in all honesty, one of...

Is IMG's Jaravee Boonchant Thailand's Next Golf Star?

What started as a fun hobby for Jaravee Boonchant, may very well turn into a career for her in the near future. The seventeen-year-old is IMG Academy’s top female golfer and has the potential to be Thailand’s next star. Boonchant left Thailand several years ago and enrolled in IMG Academy’s boarding school program where she now lives and trains. When she’s not in class or socializing with friends, Boonchant is training in one of IMG Academy’s state-of-the-art facilities, like the Cool Clubs Tour Studio or Performance Center. “It’s been nice to have my own independence and it’s been the perfect...

IMG Lacrosse Coach, Jason Basso, Receives Bill Bjorness Coaches Award

Morgan Liber/IMG Academy On Thursday, IMG Academy held their first annual Bill Bjorness Award Ceremony, in memory of their past employee and friend, Bill Bjorness. The Bill Bjorness Coaches Award recognizes a coach who has gone above and beyond to deliver a great program and experience for campers at IMG Academy. Lacrosse coach and defensive coordinator, Jason Basso, received this year’s award. Basso practices each day the IMG way, with an open mind, passionate soul, absolute integrity, champion’s spirit and a helpful heart. Tyler Melling, Lacrosse Sport Advisor, said, “Jason is what we look for in a coach. He is...

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