Professor & Director, Institute for the Study of Youth Sports Michigan State University
Dan Gould has been the director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports for 11 years, and is a professor of Kinesiology at MSU. His area of expertise is mental training for athletic competition and sports psychology. His research interests include the stress and athletic-performance relationship, the psychological foundations of coaching, athlete motivation, and youth leadership and positive youth development through sport. He has been a consultant for the U.S. Olympic Committee, the United States Tennis Association, and numerous athletes of all ages and skill levels.
Andy Driska, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Michigan State University
Andy Driska is coordinator of the sport coaching and leadership graduate programs and a fixed-term assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University. He was a swimming coach for ten years at the age group, high school, and university-level and has consulted for U.S.A. Swimming and for several intercollegiate athletic teams. He has extensive knowledge and consulting experience in sport and exercise psychology and conducted research on the effectiveness on online coach education, coach development, and how athletes develop mental toughness.
Karl Erickson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Michigan State University
Karl Erickson is an assistant professor in the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports in the Department of Kinesiology at MSU. Karl’s research focuses on athlete development and coaching in youth sport, and understanding youth sport as a context for personal development. He is interested in the integration of performance, health and psychosocial outcomes and how interpersonal processes associated with participation in sport influence these developmental outcomes. His work examines coach-athlete interactions, the learning and development of sport coaches, and the influence of different contexts in which youth sport takes place.
Leapetswe Malete, Ph.D.
Michigan State University
Leapetswe Malete is an associate professor in the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports in the Department of Kinesiology at MSU. His teaching and research interests focus on international dimensions of youth psychosocial development through sport and physical activity, self-efficacy and athletic performance. He is also interested in physical activity, nutrition and childhood obesity, and the global and cultural dimensions of sport and exercise psychology more broadly. His other interests are international higher education partnerships and development.
Karen Collin, Ph.D.
University of New Hampshire
Karen Collins is an associate professor and Sports Studies Option Coordinator at UNH. Her research focuses primarily on social issues in coaching and coaching education. She was a former collegiate coach at Princeton University, UNH and Dartmouth College and developmental program administrator for the USFHA. Dr. Collins brings the combination of her academic preparation in sport psychology with a great deal of sport experience to the Sport Studies Program at UNH.
Andrew Mac Intosh, Ph.D.
National Director of Leadership and Education Programs
Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE)
As the National Director of Leadership and Education Programs, Andrew helps realize RISE’s initiatives by supporting the design, delivery and evaluation of curriculum and educational activities for varying audiences and contexts. One of Andrew’s passions is understanding and enhancing the role that coaches can play as mentors for the youth with whom they engage. Another is the sport of soccer, which he cherishes for the friendships, life lessons, skills and opportunities that it has provided.
Scott Pierce, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Illinois State University, Bloomington
Scott Pierce is an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation at Illinois State University, Bloomington. He received his doctorate from Michigan State University, and during his time at MSU worked closely as a liaison between the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports and MHSAA. His research is focused on developing life skills in youth athletes that transition both into and outside of sport.
Tony Moreno, Ph.D.
Eastern Michigan University
Tony Moreno arrived at Eastern Michigan University in 2004. His areas of interest are in the area of youth sport and physical activity particularly with regard to motor skill acquisition, injury prevention, performance enhancement, and the role of motor ability on athlete development and fitness throughout the lifespan. Heavily involved in coaching education since 2000, Dr. Moreno consults with the Michigan High School Athletic Association to help create and disseminate materials for high school and youth club coaches throughout the State of Michigan in the areas of sport medicine, performance enhancement, and athlete development. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Level-1 USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach, and currently develops physical training programs for high school and club lacrosse teams in the State of Michigan.
Joe Eisenmann, Ph.D.
USA Football Director of High Performance and Education
Dr. Eisenmann is a diverse research scientist whose framework draws from the areas of auxology (the study of human growth and maturation), human biology, exercise physiology, and epidemiology. He has published 130 peer-reviewed papers and lectured widely on the growth- and maturity-related variation of body size and function, and its impact on pediatric obesity and cardio-metabolic health and physical performance of children and adolescents. He has a long standing history as Spartan Performance’s Administrator and has recently transitioned into a role with USA Football were her is the director of High Performance and Education. The combination of Dr. Eisenmann’s academic knowledge, practical experience in youth sports, understanding of the science of sports training, and pediatrics provides him with a unique lens on the young athlete.