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Dr. Scott Pierce

Associate Professor
Sch Kinesiology & Recreation
Student Fitness Center & McCormick - SFC 265E
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Current Courses



406.001Advanced Sport Psychology

459.001Foundations of Coaching and Leadership in Sport

499.001Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

287.013Independent Study

400.001Independent Study

400.013Independent Study

306.001Psychology Of Sport

499.001Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

400.001Independent Study

400.013Independent Study

400.001Independent Study In Kinesiology & Recreation

400.013Independent Study In Kinesiology & Recreation

498.001Professional Practice In Exercise Science

306.001Psychology Of Sport

381.001Special Studies In Recreation And Tourism

Research Interests & Areas

An overall focus on athlete psychological development and personal development through sport.

His research examines how psychological skills are developed to enhance sport performance, and explores how, why, and under what conditions life skills are developed in sport and transferred to other life domains.

His community engaged work focuses on the development and implementation of educational programs to support the development of athletes and coaches.

Ph D Kinesiology

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

MS Sport Studies

Miami University
Oxford, Ohio

BA Psychology

University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand


University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand

Research Initiative Award

Illinois State University

2017 Reviewer of the Year

Journal of Sport Psychology in Action


Blanton, J., Williams, R., Graham, J., & Pierce, S. Content Analysis of State High School Association Mission Statements. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology 43 (2021): S56.
Hevel, D., Amorose, A., Lagally, K., Miles, A., & Pierce, S. Testing the Effects of Message Framing on PA Motivation: Does Stage of Change Matter?. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise 50.5S (2018): 315.

Book, Chapter

Pierce, S., & Scott, C. Conceptualizing Life Skills Transfer within the Positive Youth Development Paradigm. Coach Education for the Next Decade: The Need for a Positive Youth Development Paradigm. Escola Superior De Educacao (2019)
Amorose, A., & Pierce, S. Competence Motivation Theory. D. Hackfort, R.J. Schinke, & B. Strauss (EDs), Dictionary of Sport Psychology. Elsevier (2018)
Pierce, S. Better People Make Better Athletes: Promoting a Positive Youth Development Approach with Young Athletes. Sport Psychology for Youth Athletes. Routledge (2017): 129-138.
Matthews, A., Wekesser, M., Erickson, K., Pierce, S., & Kelly, A. The Covid-19 Pandemic: Key Stakeholder Perspectives and Future Directions for Development in Youth Soccer. Talent Identification and Development in Youth Soccer: A Guide for Researchers and Practitioners
Pierce, S., Wright, E., & Chase, M. Children. Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology. Routledge

Journal Article

Young, H., Schumacher, J., Pierce, S., & Barnes, J. The Measurement of College Athletes’ Knowledge and Behavior on Pre- and Post-Workout Nutrition Utilizing a Text Message Intervention. Journal of American College Health (2023): 1-6.
Newman, T., Santos, F., Pierce, S., Collins, K., & Mercier, V. Coach Education and Coach Development within a Contemporary Social Justice Society: Implications for Future Research and Potential Pitfalls. Quest 74.3 (2022): 234-250.
Newman, T., Santos, F., Pierce, S., Collins, K., & Barcelona, R. Scholars’ Perspectives of Positive Youth Development Focused Coach Education for High School Sports. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (2022): 1-15.
Pierce, S., & Erickson, K. Performance psychology and Positive Youth Development: A Call to Integrate for the Benefit of all Athletes. Performance Enhancement & Health 10.3 (2022): 100231.
Pierce, S., Scheadler, T., Anderson-Butcher, D., Amorose, A., & Wade-Mdivanian, R. Social Skill Transfer from a Sport-Based Positive Youth Development Program to the School Setting: Transferring Self Control to School. Sport Social Work Journal 1 (2022): 78-95.


Collegiate Student-Athletes’ Commitment to School and Sport: The Role of Academic and Athletic Identification. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. (2023)
Creating an athlete questionnaire to assess coaching life skills. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. (2023)
(Re)imagining youth sport: Stakeholders views of the impact of COVID-19 on the future of youth sport. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference. (2022)
A Resilience Program for First Year Collegiate Athletes: Program Design, Implementation, Evaluation, and Implications. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Meeting. Association for Applied Sport Psychology. (2022)
Developing Student-Athlete Leadership. Illinois High School Association Student Advisory Council Retreat. Illinois High School Association. (2022)
Examining Relative Age Effect in Collegiate Volleyball. ISU University Research Symposium. Illinois State University. (2022)
Examining the impact of resilience-based programming for first-year collegiate student-athletes. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference. (2022)
Intervention Initiatives and Strategies for Positive Youth Development. International Seminar in Positive Youth Development Through Sport. (2022)
Life Skills Transfer: Coaching for Long-Term Impact. International Seminar in Positive Youth Development Through Sport. (2022)
The Role of Sports Organizations in Promoting Positive Development through Sport. International Seminar in Positive Youth Development Through Sport. (2022)

Grants & Contracts

Coach Education and Positive Youth Development through Sport: Theory, Research, and Practice. Portuguese Athletics Federation. Other. (2022)
Design and creation of a leadership educational program for high school student-athletes. Michigan High School Athletic Association. State. (2022)
Coaching Social Justice Life Skills Through Sport. University of New Hampshire Regional (RSI) Strategic Investment Funding. State. (2021)
Parents Perceptions of their Child’s Life Skill Development and Transfer from Youth Sport. College of Applied Science and Technology - URG. Illinois State University. (2020)
High School Student-Athlete Life Skill Development and Transfer. Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recration and Dance. State. (2019)