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Dr. Bill Thierfelder is currently President of Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic Benedictine institution founded in 1876, located 10 miles west of Charlotte, NC.

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. 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.

Dr. Thierfelder 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. He has also helped thousands of athletes, including many at the Olympic and professional levels, achieve dramatic improvements in their athletic performances.

Dr. Thierfelder received his master’s and doctoral degrees in Sports Psychology and Human Movement from Boston University. He is a licensed psychologist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties, a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a past member of 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 and a two-time All-American from the University of Maryland. Dr. Thierfelder is an inductee of the Sports Faith International Hall of Fame, which includes world-class athletes, coaches, and team owners, such as George “Papa Bear” Halas, Vince Lombardi, Wellington Mara and Brian Piccolo.

Dr. Thierfelder often provides insight and commentary for television and radio programs throughout the U.S. He has also led the fight for religious freedom and has testified before the United States Congress in matters related to religious liberty. He is the author of Less Than A Minute To Go: The Secret to World-Class Performance in Sport, Business and Everyday Life with Foreword by Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

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.

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Less Than a Minute to Go: The Secret to World-class Performance in Sport, Business and Everyday Life

“My friend Bill Thierfelder, a great leader and motivator, puts the words and descriptions to what we leaders try to do every day to challenge ourselves and our teams to be at our best, all the time.”—Coach Mike Krzyzewski, from the Foreword

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 success.

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.

In these pages he shows why sports are worthy of our deep attention and effort, whether as athletes or as avid spectators and fans.

He 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.

And 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.

Let this world-class athlete, mentor and coach teach you what he has taught so many others, from college students to superstars: How to give your very best when the clock is ticking…everything is on the line…and you have Less Than a Minute to Go.