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National online journal publishes doctoral student's use of mindful meditation to study student-athletes

Blake Costalupes mindfulness research is selected by national online publication.

Blake Costalupes is passionate about exploring mindfulness interventions within sport and exercise psychology, focusing on student-athletes’ goals to help them excel.

Costalupes’ research, “A Smartphone Mindfulness-based Intervention Pilot Study with Competitive High School Baseball Players,” was selected for publication of the special student edition of the Journal of Kinesiology and Wellness. 

Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Sciences announces new 2020 fall Town Hall event

Coach with youth athletes on recreation field.

The next WVU Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Sciences Virtual Town Hall Fall Series is Oct. 29, 12:30 p.m. The discussion will cover ‘Tips and Highlights from a Youth Sport Program Model that Works in WV.’ The focus will explore how a youth sport program can help grow program numbers, increase diversity and inclusion and support youth enjoyment and development.

Using the long-term athletic development (LTAD) concept, presenters will take a look at how the Mountaineer United Soccer Club's pre-academy program aligns with current guidelines and recommendations for best practices in youth sport as well as how they have designed and implemented the program.

Sport Management grad reflects on CPASS network, hands-on learning opportunities

Ryan Stamski sport management graduation photo at CPASS building.

A College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences alumnus credits his college mentors and active involvement in extracurricular activities as a student for his ongoing progress in the sports industry. Ryan Stamski, B.S., sport management, May ’20, is currently pursuing a career in player development in Major League Baseball. As he chases his dream career, he reflects on where his passions started. 

His interest in player development surfaced from his internship experience with the West Virginia Black Bears, where he worked closely with the Pirates’ player development staff. Stamski’s love for player development evolved during his student manager position with the West Virginia University baseball team. As an intern with the team, Stamski worked with many talented college athletes while gaining player development technology experience. 

New instructional designer envisions enabling each student to succeed

Michele Korgeski is the new College instructional designer.

The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences’ newest staff member is focused on making learning accessible and engaging for CPASS students. Michele Korgeski, from Dunmore, Pennsylvania, says when she joined the college, she immediately noticed that administration and faculty care and want to help each student thrive.  

“My goal is to provide a consistency in learning, so the student and instructor can focus on the content they are learning and succeed in their studies,” Korgeski said.

Sport Management students build their resumes with hands on opportunities

A collage of sport management students in their intern experiences

Meet five undergraduate sport management students who grabbed hands-on learning opportunities to build their resumes, an important step to gain direct professional experience in the sports industry. Internships help students stand out within the sports field while establishing a critical networking component on their pathway to a career in sports. Multiple assignments and settings help students zero in on their area of interest in the field.   

Hometown: Warrenton, VA