President’s Welcome Message:

I don’t believe in accidents. I believe in Divine Providence. If you’re reading my words right now, it’s no accident. God is calling you to look and discern and pray and to say, ‘Maybe I’m supposed to be here. Maybe I’m supposed to be contributing in some way to what God is calling this place to be!’ And I’m hoping that you’re going to come and join us!

Belmont Abbey College is a special place. Our commitment as a Catholic college is a guarantee to people of all faiths of how they will be treated because of what we believe. And although each of us has our own flaws and weaknesses, we are committed to meet each person as Christ, in persona Christi. This is the Benedictine way. By praying, working, listening, and welcoming, the Monks teach us about the Rule of St. Benedict and the way of love. We are called to seek the Truth so that we may know, do, and accept God’s will in all things.

That is the nature of virtue, the habit of doing good. This journey of excellence begins anew each day with our simple morning offering and dedication to carry out the small, practical, tasks of our daily lives with love.

I believe that God is calling the entire Belmont Abbey family to be truly excellent so that in all things God may be glorified. Your reading this page is no accident, so I invite you to visit us and experience first-hand Belmont Abbey’s 137 year tradition of hospitality, personal attention and teaching excellence.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

God Bless,
Dr. William K. Thierfelder
President

Dr. William Thierfelder, President

Prior to his appointment as President of Belmont Abbey College, Dr. Thierfelder successfully lead and transitioned fitness legend, York Barbell Company, from a manufacturer to a solutions-based partner, providing sales, marketing, product development and logistical services to mass merchants and major sporting goods retailers throughout the United States and Europe.

Dr. Thierfelder was also a principal in Joyner Sports Medicine Institute, a physical therapy corporation he helped conceptualize, found and develop. After positioning Joyner as a premier provider of physical therapy services, he was instrumental in negotiating the sale of the company to NovaCare, Inc., the nation’s second largest provider of outpatient physical therapy. As NovaCare’s National Director of Sports Science, he created, directed and co-chaired one of the largest and most successful sports medicine and physical rehabilitation conferences in the United States.

He has also served as Executive Director of the Player Management Group, a sports representation company that provided contract negotiation, financial management, legal, career planning and sports medicine services to professional athletes in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL. Dr. Thierfelder has also helped thousands of athletes, including over a hundred at the Olympic and professional levels, achieve dramatic improvements in their athletic performances. His past clients include NFL stars such as Kyle Brady, TE, New England Patriots; Adrian Wilson, S, Phoenix Cardinals; Bobby Engram, WR, Seattle Seahawks; Omar Easy, FB, Oakland Raiders; and Andre Collins, LB, Washington Redskins; and many 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 Diplomate 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’s 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 participated in the 1980 United States Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, and was a medalist at the 1981 U.S. Track & Field Indoor National Championship. Dr. Thierfelder 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. Pulling from these experiences, Dr. Thierfelder published his first book, Less Than A Minute To Go, in 2013. All royalties received from the sale of this book are donated to Belmont Abbey College.

Throughout his career, Dr. Thierfelder has delivered hundreds of presentations, both live, and on camera, regarding topics related to faith, sport, education, sports science and medicine, business performance, as well as testifying before the United States Congress in matters related to religious liberty. Dr. Thierfelder has led the fight for religious freedom by initiating the first lawsuit against the federal government over the HHS healthcare mandate.

Dr. Thierfelder was born and raised in New York City. He is a Knight of Malta and currently lives just outside of Charlotte, NC with his wife, Mary, and their ten children. Both Dr. Thierfelder and his wife are Oblates of Belmont Abbey Monastery.

To see some of Dr. Thierfelder’s media appearances, click here.