Kristen Dieffenbach, PhD, began her three‐year term on the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education’s Board of Directors in late June, following the completion of the organization’s conference.

Dr. Dieffenbach, an assistant professor in West Virginia University’s Athletic Coaching Education program, a part of the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, has a PhD in exercise science with emphasis in exercise and sport psychology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is a certified sport psychology consultant who has coached numerous cyclists and tri‐athletes and is a USA Track & Field Level 2 distance events certified coach.

“Participating in sport has enriched and enhanced my life in countless ways,” she said. “I look forward to giving back and honoring those who made my experiences great through my opportunity to serve on the NCACE board. I am excited to be a part of the continued growth and development of quality sport programs.”

“We are very pleased to have such an accomplished coaching educator and coach like Kristen to be part of NCACE’s Board of Directors for the upcoming three years,” said Christopher Hickey, NCACE executive director. “Kristen’s work with USA Cycling, USA Water Polo and US Tennis Association coaching education programs and West Virginia University brings a rich and diverse background to our efforts to improve coaching quality across the United States.”

The National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education is comprised of organizations and individuals involved in or supporting coaching and coaching education.

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