Dr. Bill Thierfelder is currently President of Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic, Benedictine, Liberal Arts College that finds its center in Jesus Christ. Founded in Belmont, NC, by Benedictine monks over 130 years ago, the College continues to celebrate the 1,500-year-old Benedictine monastic tradition by serving the community and dedicating itself to challenging students to become truly excellent and virtuous so that in all things God may be glorified.
Prior to his appointment as President of Belmont Abbey College, Dr. Thierfelder , successfully lead and transitioned fitness legend, York Barbell Company from a manufacturer to a solutions-based partner, providing sales, marketing, product development and logistical services to mass merchants and major sporting goods retailers throughout the United States and Europe.
Dr. Thierfelder was also a principal in Joyner Sports Medicine Institute, a physical therapy corporation he helped conceptualize, found and develop. After positioning Joyner as a premier provider of physical therapy services, he was instrumental in negotiating the sale of the company to NovaCare, Inc., the nation’s second largest provider of outpatient physical therapy. As NovaCare’s National Director of Sports Science he created, directed and co-chaired one of the largest and most successful sports medicine and physical rehabilitation conferences in the United States.
He has also served as Executive Director of the Player Management Group, a sports representation company that provided contract negotiation, financial management, legal, career planning and sports medicine services to professional athletes in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL. Dr. Thierfelder has also helped thousands of athletes, including hundreds at the Olympic and professional levels, achieve dramatic improvements in their athletic performances. His past clients include NFL stars such as Kyle Brady, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars; Adrian Wilson, S, Phoenix Cardinals; Bobby Engram, WR, Seattle Seahawks; Omar Easy, FB, Oakland Raiders; and Andre Collins, LB, Washington Redskins; and many others.
Dr. Thierfelder received his masters and doctoral degrees in Sports Psychology and Human Movement from Boston University. He is a licensed psychologist, a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychological Specialties and certified by the American College of Sports Medicine. He is also a member of the United States Olympic Committee's Sport Psychology Registry.
He is a former NCAA Division I Coach, Olympian, National Champion and a two-time All-American from the University of Maryland. He participated in the 1980 United States Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, and was a medalist at the 1981 U.S. Track & Field Indoor National Championship.
Throughout his career, Dr. Thierfelder has delivered hundreds of presentations, both live, and on camera, regarding topics related to Catholicism, athletic performance, sport & virtue, sports science and medicine, sport psychology, education, and business. Dr. Thierfelder currently lives just outside of Charlotte, NC with his wife, Mary, and their nine children.
To learn more about Belmont Abbey College please visit their website at www.BelmontAbbeyCollege.edu.