MSU’s Gould inducted into international hall of fame


BYLINE: Lauren Knapp

Newswise — EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University Professor Emeritus Daniel Gould was inducted into the International Society of Sports Psychology Hall of Fame in 2023. Gould is one of the first 10 living scholars worldwide to be inducted.  

Gould, who retired in 2022, served as the director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports and is the inaugural Gwendolyn Norrell Professor of Youth Sport and Student-Athlete Well-Being in MSU’s College of Education.  

He is globally recognized for his research on stress, burnout, motivation and talent development in athletes. Gould’s work, which comprises more than 200 publications, was funded by numerous national organizations, including the . His work has been cited more than 42,000 times.  

“Dan’s impact on youth sports has just been tremendous over time, from both a scholarship and an outreach perspective,” said Karin Pfeiffer, who became director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports in 2022. “He’s a great scholar and a great thinker, but he’s a great human, too.” 

Gould was also a key contributor to several leading books in the field, including co-author of “Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology,” “Sports Coaches’ Handbook” and “Reflections from a Career in Sport Psychology: An Autobiography and “Guide to Teaching, Research and Professional Practice.”  

The accolade from ISSP is among many in Gould’s career. A few additional highlights include receiving the U.S. Center for Coaching Excellence’s Coach Education/Coach Developer Legacy Award in 2022 and being named USA Wrestling Person of the Year in 1985 for his sport science and coaching education efforts. In 1995, he was named a National Academy of Kinesiology Fellow — one of the most prestigious honors in the field.  

“The College of Education congratulates Daniel Gould for this incredible career achievement,” said Jerlando F.L. Jackson, dean and MSU Research Foundation Professor. “His decades-long commitment to improving the youth sport experience is clearly seen on Michigan State University’s campus and beyond. We are grateful to count him among our Spartan scholars.” 

Read on MSU’s College of Education News.


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