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Amy Giddings, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor
Sport Management


Program Associations

BS, Sport Management
MS, Sport Management
MS, Coaching Leadership


  • Ph.D., Sport Psychology, Temple University, College of Health Professions, Kinesiology Department
  • M.Ed., Sport and Recreation Administration, Temple University, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • B.A., Political Science and Religious Studies, University of Dayton

Areas of Expertise

  • Coaching
  • Sport-based Youth Development
  • International Sport
  • Entrepreneurship in Sport
  • Community and Campus Recreation

Professional Experience

  • Drexel University, Center for Hospitality and Sport Management (2013-Present)
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Drexel University, Goodwin College of Professional Studies (2006-2013)
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Conestoga Crew (2000-Present)
    Rowing Coach
  • PA Rowing Camps (2000-2013)
    Founder and Executive Director
  • Temple University, Tyler School of Art (1998-2000; 2002-2004)
    Recreation Coordinator
  • Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Georgia Tech Aquatic Center (1996)
    Olympic Family Bus Coordinator

Research Interests

  • Recruitment of Coaches
  • Retention of Coaches
  • Retirement of Coaches
  • Coaching in Urban Environments

Selected Publications

  • College Sport Research Institute Conference (April 2013)
    The Urban Coach: Understanding the Unique and Varied Needs of Urban Athletes (poster)
  • Northeast Atlantic Sport Psychology Conference (April 2013)
    Coaching in an Urban Environment: Challenges, Insights, and Joyful Appreciation (moderator/panel organizer)
  • Northeast Atlantic Sport Psychology Conference (April 2013)
    Vlogging as a Means to Recruit and Retain Women Coaches (oral presentation)
  • Northeast Atlantic Sport Psychology Conference (April 2013)
    Closing the Loop: Delivering Coach-Appropriate Concussion Training (advised poster)
  • Northeast Atlantic Sport Psychology Conference (April 2013)
    Understanding Motivations to Donate to Individual teams in NCAA Division III(advised poster)
  • Northeast Atlantic Sport Psychology Conference (April 2013)
    The Strength is In the Relationship: The NCAA Division I Coaches and Their Strength Coaching Staff (advised poster)
  • Northeast Atlantic Sport Psychology Conference (April 2013)
    So What Should We Do?: Coach Guidelines for Preventing Disordered Eating Among Female Collegiate Athletes (advised poster)
  • Title IX at 40: Progress and Promise, Equity for All Conference (May 2012)
    "Using Diverse Multimedia to Engage Women Coaches”
  • College Sport Research Institute Conference (April 2012)
    “Me? A Coach? I Never Thought of That! A Program to Identify, Understand,and Educate Minority Women Coaches”
  • College Sport Research Institute Conference (April 2012)
    “Why Non-Scholarship Works: A Review of the Recruitment Practices in the Ivy League Athletic Conferences” (advisor)
  • College Sport Research Institute Conference (April 2012)
    “Utilizing the College Athletic Department Kids Club” (advisor)
  • European Association of Sport Management (September 2011)
    “Strategic Planning for Sports Facilities Abroad”


Dr. Amy Giddings has worked in many areas of sport management over the last decade. Her sport management work experiences encompass the Olympic Games, international sport, community recreation, collegiate recreation and intercollegiate athletics, coaching, and non-profit sport organizations. A recent recipient of a grant from the NCAA Matching Grants for the Advancement of Minority Women Coaches, Dr. Giddings is working on a program to understand how to best recruit minority women into the coaching profession and, additionally, to assist these women with career guidance once they do show interest.

While she has transitioned into academic life, Dr. Giddings will be the first to admit her true passion is coaching. In fact, she teaches most of the coaching courses in the Sport Management program and enjoys mentoring thesis and project students as this relationship closely resembles coaching. She has coached rowing for 13 years at the scholastic, collegiate, and elite levels. Her true preference has been to coach novice high school rowers as she is able to see such profound changes in these athletes throughout the duration of their season.

Dr. Giddings also serves as lead administrator for PA Rowing Camps and also coaches a number of their programs. She rowed at the University of Dayton during her undergraduate studies and at Temple University during her graduate studies. The emerging sport rule allowed her the unique opportunity to compete for 7 years at the collegiate level. Additionally she is the creator of the Women’s Coaching Blog and the Women’s Coaching Network.