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Journal of Applied Sport Psychology issue focuses on sport coaching profession

Journal of Applied S.P.

As conversations regarding the profession of sport coaching and support of coaching as a profession continue to expand, the Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Studies in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences is one of the first programs in the United States to support the academic preparation of potential coaches, coach educators and coaching directors.

Kristen Dieffenbach, associate professor, coaching and performance science, served as guest editor and key contributor for a special issue on sport coaching in the 32nd volume for the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, the official journal of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Athletic Coaching student builds on leadership roles to reach goals on the field

Jake Purdy

The outlook for the West Virginia University men’s lacrosse team this season is high. Coming off the team’s best season in school history, there are numerous expectations to look forward to in 2020.

No one may be more confident than junior defensemen Jake Purdy, who was recently named team president and co-captain for the upcoming campaign. Purdy, a native of Granville, OH, is an athletic coaching education major with a sport communication minor.  

Graduate uses sports industry expertise to earn leadership role

Marcus Blossom

A West Virginia University graduate has worked his way through the collegiate athletic administration ranks to reach the top leadership role at a respected New England university. Marcus Blossom, M.S. (2005) sport management, is the new director of intercollegiate athletics at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass.

As announced last year, Blossom oversees the development of Holy Cross’ 27 NCAA Division I teams as members of the Patriot League, Atlantic Hockey Association and the Women’s Hockey East Association.

WVU graduates grow sport psychology presence in collegiate athletic departments

Marc Cormier gives a presentation to student athletes about over practicing

Three CPASS Sport and Exercise Psychology graduates share stories about how they landed positions in Southeastern Conference universities. They talk about their typical day at the office, why they chose WVU and how their CPASS degree has helped them succeed in the industry. Each one offers advice for students wanting to enter the field. Although their paths might be different, they share one thing in common. They are passionate about the people they met and family connection they created during their experience as Mountaineers.

International sport management graduate student shares a passion for research and sport

Carla Tagliari

Sport is a global phenomenon that transcends beyond what we see on the court, field or pitch. It is a driving force that connects individuals around the world. In an ongoing international partnership, Carla Tagliari, a doctoral student from Brazil, recently arrived on the West Virginia University campus to complete a short residency training at the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

Tagliari will work under the supervision of Dr. Gonzalo Bravo, CPASS associate professor in sport management, from the spring 2020 semester into the summer. During this time, she will continue working on her dissertation on perceptions of service quality of grassroots participants in southern Brazil.