William Alsop was born December 3, 1938. Alsop earned his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 1962 and his master's and doctorate degrees in physical education from WVU in 1967 and 1972. After college, he began his teaching career as an instructor at Takoma Junior High School in Montgomery County, Maryland.
He served as a faculty member at the WVU School of Physical Education for more than 30 years. During his tenure, Alsop held the positions of associate professor, coordinator of Graduate Studies, chairman of the Department of Sport and Exercise Studies, chair of the Division of Physical Education and Sport Studies, associate professor Emeritus, and program coordinator of the Sport Management program. Alsop was the founder and leader of the nationally acclaimed Sport Management Program at WVU and helped in the initial formation of the College's Visiting Committee. Additional service to WVU include membership in the Graduate Studies Advisory Committee, the Graduate Curriculum Committee, Chairman of the Hearing Committee, and membership on both the Planning and Executive Council.
He also served on numerous AAHPERD committees including the Board of Directors and served as Vice-President for the Midwest District of AAHPERD. Alsop was involved in the early formation of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and served as the organization's membership chair. He along with his colleague, Dr. Andrew Ostrow, donated the assets of their successful publishing company, Fitness Information Technology Inc., to establish the International Center for Performance Excellence in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.
Some of Alsop's awards include the WVAHPERD Honor Awards in 1982 and the WVAHPERD Ray O. Duncan Award for Distinguished Services in 1994. He has published multiple publications along with countless professional presentations related to sports, teaching, coaching, etc. Outside of WVU, Alsop served on the membership committee for the North American Society for Sport Management, an AAHPERD manuscript reviewer from 1988 to 2001, president of Phi Delta Kappa from 1969 to 1970, and multiple positions within the West Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (WVAHPERD) of AAHPERD including president from 1977 to 1979.
Alsop and his wife, Marie, are retired and spend their time between Morgantown, West Virginia, and Swanton, Maryland. They have a daughter, Megan, and son, Ryan.