Portrait of Dan Ziatz

Daniel Ziatz

Associate Professor Emeritus





Biographical Sketch

Professor Daniel Ziatz received his Bachelor of Arts degree from William Jewell College, his Master’s degree from Western Illinois University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He taught and coached football, wrestling, and track and field at the high school and college level for nine years before coming to West Virginia University in 1973.

Dr. Ziatz taught in the Athletic Coaching Education discipline in the Coaching and Teaching Studies Program.  He taught classes in Total Athlete, Principles and Problems of Coaching, Coaching Internship, and Special Olympics, to name a few.  Dr. Ziatz was the coordinator of the First Principles of Coaching Online Courses for Special Olympics in the country.  He received a Certificate of Achievement from Special Olympics North America for the “quality of your vision, knowledge and efforts will continue to positively impact our ability to reach more coaches across the country and provide the best trainers and training tools so that ultimately athletes will be provided increased experiences and better coaching to reach their maximum potential.” 

He is the author of ten publications.  Dr. Ziatz has received grants from the W.K. Kellogg Community Partnership and the WVU Foundation.   He served as a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; Midwest District AAHPERD; and  West Virginia Association of AAHPERD. 

Dr. Ziatz’ work as a professor, former coach, and mentor has made life-long believers of the benefit of combining coaching leadership behavior, quality athletic programs, healthy choices and risk management assessment to enhance excellence in the coaching profession,”

He will forever be remembered as the “Tude Dude” Coaching Attitude professor.  

Dr. Ziatz and his wife, Ruth, have two children, Natalie (Luis Teba) and Stephen, and a grandchild (Alyssa Teba).  Dan and Ruth’s second grandchild will arrive in September.