Wade Gilbert, Ph.D.

Professor, Sport Psychology Option Coordinator

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Abbreviated Biography (PDF)

*Watch Dr. Wade Gilbert and Dr. Kristen Dieffenbach’s presentation on 'Athlete Talent Development' at the 2014 Olympic Academy event co-hosted by the USOC and the LA84 Foundation. Access the full 2014 Olympic Academy written report here.

*Watch Dr. Wade Gilbert’s 2013 National Coaching Conference keynote presentation on ‘Principles of Athlete and Coach Talent Development’View presentation slides (PDF) (USOC Talent Development Presentation).

*Read Dr. Wade Gilbert and Dr. Pierre Trudel’s article series on the development of coaching expertise published in Olympic Coach Magazine (Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013 issues)

*Listen to Dr. Wade Gilbert speak about quality coaching on:
KYNO's 'The Drive' held on November 29, 2011
KQED’s panel forum held on May 24, 2011

Editor-in-Chief, International Sport Coaching Journal

Associate Editor, Journal of Sport Psychology in Action

Scientific Advisor, BeLikeCoach

Co-editor, Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching

Educational Background:

Post-doc, University of California, Los Angeles (Talent Development, 2000)
Ph.D., University of Ottawa (Psychopedagogy, 1999)
M.A., University of Ottawa (Human Kinetics, 1995)
B.P.E, University of Ottawa (1993)

Recent Publications and Conference Presentations:

Listing of key publications co-authored by Dr. Gilbert

Gallimore, R., Gilbert, W., & Nater, S. (2014). Reflective practice and ongoing learning: A coach’s ten year journey. Reflective Practice15(2), 268-288.

Gilbert, W., Trudel, P., & Culver, D. (2014). Navigating the research process. In L. Nelson, P. Potrac, & R. Groom (Eds.), Research Methods in Sports Coaching (pp. 55-65). London: Routledge.

Vella, S., & Gilbert, W. (2014). Coaching young athletes to positive development: Implications for coach training. In R. Gomes, R. Resende, & A. Albuquerque (Eds.), Positive human functioning from a multidimensional perspective: Promoting high performance (vol. 3) (pp. 83-105). Hauppauge, NY: Nova.

Potrac, P., Gilbert, W., & Denison, J. (Eds.) (2013). The Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching. London: Routledge.

Erickson, K., & Gilbert, W. (2013). Coach-athlete interactions in children’s sport. In J. Côté & R. Lidor (Eds.), Conditions of Children’s Talent Development in Sport (pp. 139-156). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

Gilbert, W., & Trudel, P. (2012). The role of deliberate practice in becoming an expert coach: Part 1 – Defining coaching expertise. Olympic Coach Magazine, 23(3), 19-24.

Falcão, W. R., Bloom, G. A., & Gilbert, W. D. (2012). Coaches’ perceptions of a coach training program designed to promote youth developmental outcomes. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 24, 429-444.

Vierimaa, M., Erickson, K., Côté, J., & Gilbert, W. (2012). Positive youth development: A measurement framework for sport. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 7, 603-616.

Graduate Classes Taught:

KINES 264 - Psychology of Coaching & Talent Development

KINES 265 - Psychobiology of Sport and Exercise

Current Project(s):

Integrated talent development systems in high school sport settings

Coaching effectiveness in elite sport settings

Case studies of quality youth sport settings

Professional Organizations:

Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP); American Alliance for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD); California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD)


Playing with my two children, Madelyn and Kyler

Quote I live by:

“Everyone is a teacher to someone” (John Wooden)

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend four sharpening my axe” (Abraham Lincoln)

Contact Information:

Phone: (559) 278-5170
Email: wgilbert@csufresno.edu
Office: South Gym 128

Complete curriculum vitae (PDF)