Kristen Dieffenbach Election Statement


Kristen Dieffenbach
Coach - Mountain Bike Sport Committee

I got my start in cycling after becoming enamored watching a pace line cruise along the back road in Wisconsin.  I began racing as a collegiate cyclist and since that first season, cycling and the teammates, mentors, colleagues and athletes I have ridden and worked with have had a significant impact on my life.  Through the coach role on the mountain bike committee, I would like to have the opportunity to give back and contribute to the continued growth and development of our sport. 
I began coaching in 2001 and I have been a USA Cycling level 1/elite coach since 2004. As a private coach, I work with a broad range of levels, but my main focus is on working with developmental athletes. Over the past 15 years I have coached and lectured at numerous regional and national level USAC road and mountain bike athlete development camps, and in 2008 I co-authored Bike Racing for Juniors with Steve McCauley (VeloPress). Additionally, I am the camp director for the USAC East Coast mountain bike talent ID camp.  When I am not coaching (or riding), I focus my time and efforts on coaching education and long term athlete development through my job as an associate professor of athletic coaching education at West Virginia University.  My doctorate is in exercise science with an emphasis in sport and exercise psychology and I strive to bring my academic training and my real world coaching experiences together in both the classroom and in teaching USAC level 1 and 2 coach clinics.  I look forward to bringing this perspective to working with this committee.  Thank you for reading and see you on the trails. 

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