Board of Directors

Kristen Dieffenbach


Kristen is an associate professor of Athletic Coaching Education at West Virginia University and an Association of Applied Sport Psychology Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC). She has been working as a coach and coach educator for over 20 years and her research interests include professionalism and ethics in coaching, coach development and support, and athlete talent development.

Melissa Thompson


Melissa is an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and a former collegiate softball coach. Her primary areas of research include coach development through internship experiences and coaching ethics.

Lori Gano-Overway

Accreditation Chair

Lori Gano-Overway is an associate professor and coaching minor program coordinator at Bridgewater College. Her research interests consist of understanding how the climate can be structured to foster positive youth development. As an Association of Applied Sport Psychology Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) she works with athletes on performance enhancement and collaborates with coaches on creating positive sport environments.

Larry Lauer


Larry is the mental skills specialist for USTA Player Development. He has a Ph D in exercise and sport science, specializing in sport psychology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He has been an Association for Applied Sport Psychology Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC)  for over a decade with elite tennis players from juniors, college, and pros....

Sarah McQuade

Education Chair

Originally a PE teacher and lecturer in Sport Science, Sarah then worked with sports coach UK, the UK government's lead agency for coaching. She led the technical development of the UK Coaching Certificate (a professional qualifications framework). Sarah is now based in the USA and works with US-based sports organizations as a consultant, coach developer, and mentor.

Scott Douglass

At-Large Board Member

Scott is an associate professor and sport coaching program coordinator at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. He has a Ph.D. in Human Performance from The University of Alabama specializing in Sport Pedagogy. Scott is a 3-time USA Paralympian and medal winner in wheelchair tennis. His primary research interests are in the areas of coach development and coaching expertise in Paralympic sport.  

Scott Caufield

Core Organization Board Member

Scott is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Coaching Education Manager at the National Strength and Conditioning Association Headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO, where he utilizes his 25+ years of coaching and lifting experience in a variety of different roles in support of the NSCA’s mission.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Castleton University (VT) and a master’s degree in Sport Coaching from the University of Denver.

Charles 'Hal' Wilson

Accredited Program Representative Board Member

Hal is an Associate Professor of Coaching Education at Georgia Southern University and an Affiliated Scholar of the Center for the Study of Sport and Religion. He earned a Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Sport Studies from the University of Tennessee, and has over 20 years of coaching experience from the youth to NCAA Division I levels. His primary research interest is the holistic care of coaches and athletes.

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