Coaching Association of Canada

Kristen Dieffenbach, Ph.D., CC AASP

Associate Professor, West Virginia University

Topic: Global Trends in Coaching Development

Kristen Dieffenbach is an associate professor of Athletic Coaching Education and the director of the Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Science at West Virginia University. She earned her PhD in exercise and sport science with an emphasis in sport and exercise psychology and is an Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) certified consultant. Kristen is currently the president of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence and the PR and Outreach Head on the AASP e-board and is the past president of the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education.

A former division I NCAA athlete, she is also a professional coach with an elite USA Cycling license and a Level II endurance specialization from USA Track and Field. Her research interests focus on professionalism, ethics and moral decision making in coach development and long term athletic talent development.