Dr. Bill Thierfelder knows what it takes to win. As a student
at the University of Maryland he dominated the high jump, winning fame
as an All-American and Irish national champion. Later he earned his
doctorate in sports psychology. He became a private coach and mentor to
the world's top athletes...and revealed to them his hard won secrets for
In Less Than a Minute to Go: The Secret to World-class Performance in Sport, Business and Everyday Life, Thierfelder, now President of Belmont Abbey College, reveals the secrets to:
• Becoming a world-class performer
• Preparing your mind to win
• Making peak performance a common occurrence
• Playing with a passion that never ends
But Thierfelder does more than give peak performance techniques.
these pages he shows why sports are worthy of our deep attention and
effort, whether as athletes or as avid spectators and fans.
shows how sports can and should engage the highest parts of our nature
that, in fact, only when we are so engaged can we truly excel.
he reveals how sports train and prepare us for other arenas...where we
all are players and where our choices have more significance than any
World Series or Super Bowl.
Join Dr. Bill Thierfelder in an exploration of sport—and of life—as you have never considered them before.
About the author:
Dr. Bill Thierfelder is President of Belmont Abbey College, a
Catholic Liberal Arts College located 10 miles West of Charlotte, NC.
Founded by Benedictine monks over 138 years ago, the college embodies
the Benedictine tradition of prayer and learning by educating students
to lead lives of integrity, to succeed professionally, to become
responsible citizens and to be a blessing to themselves and to others.
Dr. Thierfelder received his master’s and doctoral degrees in Sports
Psychology and Human Movement from Boston University. He is a licensed
psychologist and a Diplomat of the American board of Psychological
Specialties. He is also a member of the American College of Sports
Medicine and the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology
Registry. He is a former NCAA Division I coach, Olympian (did not
compete due to injury), national champion (IRE) and a two-time
All-American from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the
Sports Faith International Hall of Fame, which includes world-class
athletes, coaches, and team owners, such as George “Papa Bear” Halas,
Wellington Mara, Brian Piccolo, and others.
Prior to his appointment as President of Belmont Abbey College, Dr.
Thierfelder was president of fitness legend York Barbell Company. Other
career posts include National Director of Sports Science for NovaCare;
principal and cofounder of Joyner Sports Medicine Institute; and
Executive Director of The Player Management Group. He has helped over
100 Olympic and professional athletes achieve dramatic improvements in
Dr. Thierfelder has delivered hundreds of presentations regarding
topics related to faith, sport, education, medicine and business, as
well as testifying before the United States Congress in matters related
to religious liberty. He is a Knight of Malta and lives just outside of
Charlotte, NC with his wife, Mary, and their 10 children.