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Spring 2020 Center Town Hall Talk Series

Spring 2020 Town Hall Talk Series  

Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Science's Town Hall series brings together coaching leaders to discuss important issues to WV's sport community.

The Center's Spring 2020 Town Hall Series has concluded. Click on each event to see the recording of the town hall. If you have any questions or would like to work with the CACSS on future town halls, contact us at 

Supporting Youth and Scholastic Athletes and Coaches through COVID - recording
Thursday April 9th from 3-4pm

A conversation on how to best support athletes and coaches as we all practice social distancing with WVU Moutaineer Football Coach Travis Triplett, WVU Athletics Director of Clinical Sport Psychology Dr. Dayna Charbonneau and College of Physical Activity and Sport Science faculty Drs. Mike Ryan, Johannes Raabe and Kristen Dieffenbach. 

Coaching from a Distance: Useful Apps - recording  
Thursday April 23rd from 3-4pm

With sport practices on-hold, many teams have turned to distance coaching which presents many challenges for coaches and athletes.  Join WVU men's soccer coach Dan Stratford, WVU Alumni and Penn State Athletics’ Assistant Athletic Director for Applied Health & Performance Science Josh Nelson and College of Physical Activity and Sport Science faculty Drs. Mike Ryan, Guy Hornsby and Kristen Dieffenbach in a discussion of the Apps and web resources they find most helpful in connecting and coaching with their athletes from a distance.

Supporting and Building Resiliency in Athletes - recording
Thursday April 30th from 3-4pm

A conversation about how coaches, parents and sports leaders can build and support resiliency through the athletic experience. Being resilient and able to handle challenges and adversity is an essential skill in sport and life.  WVU’s women’s gymnastics coach and CPASS alumni Jason Butts and WVU Athletics Director of Clinical Sport Psychology Dr. Dayna Charbonneau and Dr. Ashley Coaker Craney of Mindright Consulting in Morgantown share tips and answer community questions about how to support and develop resiliency in developing athletes.

Thursday May 7th from 3-4pm

Everyone should have an opportunity to develop the ABCs of athleticism, agility, balance, coordination and speed.  This Town Hall meeting will focus on a discussion of what are the best ways to ensure that our sport programs develop the essential foundation for long lasting and well-rounded athleticism. 

  • Coach Randy Mazey, WVU Mountaineer men’s baseball   

  • Megan Phillips, WVU, KIDEMATICS, owner ( )

  • Wesley Meeteer, WVU,  Concord University, Associate Professor of Physical and Health Education

  • Kristen Dieffenbach, Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Science, Director

Thursday May 14th from 3-4pm

In a follow up to the May 7th Town Hall meeting, this event will guide and encourage community focused discussion on how WV youth and scholastic sports continue to grow and support our athletes.  National Long Term Athletic Development champions Rick Howard, Joe Eisenmann and Anthony Moreno, who have helped communities and organizations across the country explore how an LTAD approach can enrich youth sports will lead an interactive virtual conversation.  

Returning to Play in WV - recording
Thursday May 21st from 3-4pm

This Town Hall will bring together a panel of sport science, sport and exercise psychology, coaching science and medical experts to discuss what best practices in return to play might look like this summer and fall.  What can coaches, parents and players expect?  What does safe return look like?  How do we create safe and healthy experiences for youth and scholastic sport athletes in WV?  Bring your questions 

Moderator:  Mike Ryan, WVU Athletic Coaching Education, Program Director & Morgantown High School track and XC coach.


  • BJ Balcik, Emergency medicine and sports medicine and WVU Team doc and for East Fairmont High School 

  • Chris Parson, AD Cabell Midland High School

  • Trevor Jones, PT/ATC of Healthworks

  • Dayna Charbonneau, WVU Athletics Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology

  • Guy Hornsby, Athletic Coaching Education, Assistant Professor & WVU Weightlifting coach

  • Kristen Dieffenbach, Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Science Director