On April 14, 2021, Dr. William Thierfelder, president of Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, will present on “Sport, Virtue, and Excellence.”  The event will be live streamed with a limited number of seats available to attend in person on the Winona campus.

Dr. Thierfelder holds a master’s and doctoral degree in sports psychology and human movement from Boston University.  He is a licensed psychologist, a two-time NCAA Division I All-American, former NCAA Division I coach, and former member of the United States Olympic Committee’s Sports Psychology Registry.

His professional career also includes serving as president of the legendary fitness company York Barbell as well as working in a variety of roles in athletic sales, sports medicine, physical therapy, and professional sports representation.  Thousands of athletes, including over a hundred at the Olympic and professional levels, have worked with Thierfelder to achieve dramatic improvements in their athletic performance.  In his time as president of Belmont Abbey College, the school has set new records for the number of incoming students, total enrollment, and retention rates.

Thierfelder is a sought-after presenter on topics related to faith, sport, education, medicine, and business.  Speaking about the “nature of virtue, the habit of doing good,” Thierfeld says, “This journey of excellence begins anew each day with our simple morning offering and dedication to carry out the small, practical tasks of our daily lives with love.”  

Thierfelder is also the author of Less than a Minute to Go: The Secret to World-Class Performance in Sport, Business, and Everyday Life.  Thierfelder writes, “Knowing what is most important in life, your strongest purpose, will enable you to accept and make the sacrifices necessary to double your talents.”  To receive a copy of Thierfelder’s book and join a reading group, please contact cve@smumn.edu.

Saint Mary’s is excited to welcome Dr. Thierfelder.  Registration for the event is required and is open to Saint Mary’s faculty, staff, and students. 


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