Kristen Dieffenbach

KRISTEN D. DIEFFENBACH, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Email: Kristen.Dieffenbach@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: 304-293-0847
Office Location: PAS 253
Office Hours: Summer hours by appointment only
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Professional Highlights

  • United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) - President
  • International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) - Research Committee
  • Research emphasis on coach development, professionalization of coaching and moral reasoning in coaching
  • Written and managed grants and contracts with USOC, USA Cycling, USA Hockey, USADA and other sport organizations
  • More than 20 years professional coaching experience with athletes from youth through Olympic level, specializing in long term athlete development

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M.S., Physical Education/Sport Science, University of Idaho
  • B.S., Biology, Boston University

Certifications

  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology Certified Consultant #193
  • USA Cycling Certified Elite Coach
  • USA Track and Field Level II Endurance Coach

Committees and Memberships

  • Director of the Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Science (CACSS) in CPASS
  • United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) - President
  • Bud Colton Center for Sport Ethics - Head of Research
  • AASP Sport Psychology Certified Consultant #193
  • USA Football - Coaching Education Advisory Board
  • Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) - Executive Board Member

Research Interests

  • Professionalism and Ethics in Coaching
  • Athlete Talent Development
  • Under-recovery

Biographical Sketch

  • Dr. Kristen Dieffenbach is an associate professor of Athletic Coaching Education, director of the Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Science at West Virginia University and president of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence. She is an Association of Applied Sport Psychology certified consultant, public relations and outreach head on the AASP e-board and president of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence. Dieffenbach is a professional coach with a category 1 (elite) USA Cycling license and Level II endurance specialization from USA Track and Field. She has coached for more than 20 years at the high school, collegiate, recreational and elite levels and works with coaching education at all levels of performance.
  • Dieffenbach's teaching interests include coaching techniques, professional development and professionalism in coaching, ethics and moral development in coaching, coaching theory, training theory, long term athlete development, long term coaching development, coaching education, sport psychology for coaching and gender and sport.