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IMG Academy Names Mike Vollmar Director of Football

IMG Academy announced Mike Vollmar, a college athletics executive with nearly 30 years of administrative experience, as its new Director of Football. Vollmar most recently served as the University of Tennessee’s senior associate athletic director for football administration from 2013 to the spring of 2017. Over the course of his career, he has been a part of 20 bowl games while helping his teams to four conference titles and a national championship. As Director of Football, Vollmar will oversee all aspects of IMG Academy’s football program including boarding school, camps, visiting team training and events. “I’m thrilled to have this...

Student Athlete of the Week: F.N.U Nidunjianzan (Tennis)

F.N.U. (Top) Nidunjianzan came to IMG Academy for "better sports and more competition," and he's since had an impact on everyone around him. Top traveled from China to attend IMG Academy, and he earns this week's Student Athlete of the Week. He's been enjoying the competitive nature of the entire campus and feels that IMG Academy has allowed him to understand more about the world. Congratulations on earning this honor! Get to know F.N.U Nidunjianzan: Hometown: Tibet, China Nickname: Top How many years playing tennis: 7 years Coach: David "Red" Ayme Hobbies outside of school: Read books and play other...

NCSA Next College Student Athlete Teams Up With with IMG Academy to Deliver Its Innovative Team Edition™ Recruiting Platform

CHICAGO (March 13, 2018) Next College Student Athlete (NCSA), the largest and most successful athletic recruiting network, has teamed up with IMG Academy, an educational institution known as one of the most advanced schools for athletic, academic and personal development, to deploy NCSA Team Edition, a powerful new recruiting platform for club and high school teams. “We share IMG’s genuine passion for sports and education and know NCSA Team Edition will be able to help IMG student-athletes prepare for and succeed when it comes to college recruiting,” said Lisa Strasman, president of NCSA. Team Edition is specifically designed to help...

IMG Academy guard Anfernee Simons Invited to Jordan Brand Classic Basketball All-Star Game

IMG Academy guard Anfernee Simons became the latest Ascender to earn an invitation to compete in the annual Jordan Brand Classic. The annual basketball all-star event will take place at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 8. Simons is a native of Altamonte Springs, Fla., and competed as a member of the IMG Academy Postgrad National team in 2017-18. He helped lead IMG to a 23-8 regular season record in route to the team’s fourth invitation of the past five years to the National Prep Championship in Connecticut. On the year, Simons averaged 22.4 points while shooting 54% from...

Student Athlete of the Week: Natheethorn Teacharuagchit (Golf)

Natheethorn Teacharuagchit has attended IMG Academy for four years and has been challenging himself to perform well in the classroom, on the course, and in his community. He's made an effort to get to know everyone on campus and has made a direct impact with his fellow Ascenders. He said that his favorite thing about IMG Academy is that the "teachers understand that life of student-athletes are different from other normal kids." The Thailand-native earns this week's Student Athlete of the Week, and you can get to know about his interests below! Get to know Natheethorn: Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand How...

Student Athlete of the Week: Maya Haghighi (Girls Soccer)

Maya Haghighi decided that IMG Academy would be the best fit for her to achieve her dreams, and, because of her efforts and determination to recover from knee surgery, she earns this week's Student Athlete of the Week. Haghighi came to IMG Academy for the competitive environment and because everything is all on one campus, and it's surely paying off. As a brilliant student as well a soccer player, Haghighi realizes that IMG Academy has made her more responsible, yet she stills enjoying being around her friends and playing soccer often. Get to know Maya: Hometown: Jacksonville, FL How many...

Josh Green's Game-Changing Basketball Without Borders Global Camp Experience

Australian native Josh Green, current IMG Academy junior boys basketball student-athlete, recently traveled across the country to Los Angeles to partake in a the NBA's annual Basketball Without Borders Global Camp - an opportunity of a lifetime. Green, one of 65 male invitees, including six total Australians, was able to connect with top players from around the world as well as interact with the highest quality of NBA players and coaches. After completion of the camp, Green was also named to the All-Star team, an honor that many felt was well-deserved after his performance on the west coast. We checked...

Student Athlete of the Week: Chol Marial (Boys Basketball)

Chol Marial, a 7'2" junior who plays Center for the boys basketball program, came to IMG Academy from South Sudan, Rumbek. Marial has certainly made an immediate impact on the program, both from the athletic and academic side of the Academy. Marial earns this week's Student Athlete of the Week because of his determination to always keep improving both on the court and in the classroom. Marial recognizes that IMG Academy has made him more social, and he's greatly enjoying the environment in Bradenton. Get to know Chol: Hometown: South Sudan, Rumbek Nickname: King Chol How many years playing basketball:...

Senior Rokia Doumbia Earns McDonald's All-American Nomination, 7th in Program History

Originally from Mali, Africa, Rokia Doumbia joined the IMG Academy Girls Basketball program this year to experience the great coaching, have fun, and also be able to showcase her talents on the national level. With just a few more months left to compete as an Ascender, Doumbia recently earned the honor of being a McDonald's All-American Nominee . Joining the likes of alumnae Rellah Boothe , Doumbia has the same aspirations as the 2017 graduate. "I worked really hard, and when I was nominated, I was really surprised," she said. "I didn't really think about it, but I was still...

Student Athlete of the Week: Kieren Collins (Baseball)

Kieren Collins, a current junior baseball student-athlete, enrolled at IMG Academy with incredible aspirations, and he's made an incredible impact on his coaches, teachers, teammates, and the entire community around him. Collins earns this week's Student Athlete of the Week for his hard work and willingness to put in 110% in every area of interest. Collins chose IMG Academy because he "loves baseball, and IMG gave me the best change to play at the next level." He recognizes that IMG Academy has pushed him both academically and athletically, but it has enabled him to become a better student and athlete...

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