Assistant Professor of Athletic Coaching Education, West Virginia University
Sports: Basketball, Aquatic Sports (swimming, diving, water polo, etc), Cycling, Tennis, Volleyball, Fencing, Triathlon
Dr. Roch A. King is the Chair of Sports Coaching at the United States Sports Academy. Dr. King received his Ph.D. in psycho-socio interactions in sport from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He has been deeply involved with Coach Education and Coach Development as a faculty member at West Virginia University, Ball State University, and Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, in addition to previously serving as the Chair of Sports Coaching at the United States Sports Academy in 2008-2009. Dr. King served as the Director of Sport Development for Indiana Swimming and oversaw the High-Performance Plan for Club Swimming in the State of Indiana. He has held coached Swimming at all levels from age-group to masters including serving on the staff at Carmel Swim Club (CSC) and Carmel High School in Carmel, IN. CSC is annually recognized by USA Swimming as one of the Top 10 Clubs in the nation. During his tenure at Carmel High School, the Greyhounds won five Girls Indiana State Team Championships and three Boys State Titles. The Girls team was also named National Champions three times. Dr. King has also held coaching certifications in Volleyball and Water Polo, and is currently a Route Judge for USA Climbing. As an athlete, Dr. King played US Team Handball Federation Division II National Championship Team. At Bloomsburg, he taught courses and served as head coach for men's swimming, while also establishing men's and women's water polo clubs. Dr. King served a three-year term on the executive board of the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education, during which he served one year as president (2006-2007). He has celebrated his 19th year as a Senior Trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance for whom he has led live workshops for coaches, athletes, parents, and youth sport organization leaders across the country. Dr. King has also presented on Coaching and Coach Education internationally in countries such as the United Kingdom, Thailand, Malaysia, and Finland.