STATEMENT FROM DUSTY DEVAUGHN, USA ACADEMY ORGANIZER
MONTGOMERY, AL – USA Academy Founder and Athletics Director Dustin DeVaughn today finalized a deal for practice and game day facilities for his first-year football program. The facilities deal will allow USA Academy to work out, practice, and play at some of the newest NCAA-quality football facilities in the state of Alabama.
“I’m excited about where we are going to be practicing and playing our home games,” said DeVaughn Thursday evening. “These are the types facilities to which very few student athletes in the country have access. But our players will. And I couldn’t be happier with how this year is shaping up.”
DeVaughn also confirmed the departure of Coach Rush Propst from the program.
“Coach Propst is an amazing football coach, and some program out there will be lucky to have him. He’s the kind of coach who is loved by his players and feared by his opponents. We wish nothing but the absolute best to Coach Propst and thank him for lending his guidance and expertise to USA Academy in our infancy.”
USA Academy is growing and adding new talent on a daily basis. The school will open the regular season on August 22 against Riverside Academy, a team many rightly consider the number one team in Canada.
“It’s USA vs. Canada. It doesn’t get better than that for football in Alabama,” DeVaughn said about his season opener. “And then we have nine more of the best and toughest football teams in the country after that. So there’s no time for our kids to rest. We have to be our best each week with a schedule like we have.”
USA Academy has inked some of the best high school football talent in the country and has a list of coaches that would be the envy of some colleges, let alone high schools.
USA Academy’s first official head coach will be announced in the next couple of days. The final details of his contract are being negotiated. “We are close to making an announcement on that front. But we are in good hands with the coaches we have. Kenyatta Watson, our Director of Football Operations is one of the brightest minds in the country on these issues. I don’t know where we’d be without him, but I thank my lucky stars daily he’s working for us and not for our opponents.”
DeVaughn also touched on the players who are gearing up for the inaugural season. “Just tonight I was on Twitter and noticed we have some of the best student athletes in the country tweeting their continued commitment to what we are building at USA Academy. I feel as good now as I’ve felt since the first day we talked about opening this school. Having the facilities and schedule in place were priorities one and two. And priority three, a permanent head coach, appears to be just a few hours down the road.”