Wade Gilbert

Wade Gilbert, Ph.D.

Professor, Sport Psychology Option Coordinator

Abbreviated Biography (PDF)

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*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

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)

Featured Presentation - 2013 USOC Coaching Conference

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
Office: South Gym 128

Complete curriculum vitae (PDF)