Founder of Joyner Sports Medicine Institute to speak at 2017 Ruggiero Lecture

by Lore McFadden | Sep 08, 2017



The 2017 Ruggiero Lecture on Catholic Education will take place on Monday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the DeSales University Center on the Center Valley Campus. Sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales, this event is free and open to the public. The title of this year’s lecture is "The Christian Vision of Sport" and will feature Dr. William Thierfelder.

Prior to his appointment as President of Belmont Abbey College, 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.

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.

Initially begun to commemorate the canonization of St. Leonie de Sales Aviat this series was renamed in 2005 in memory of Anthony J. Ruggiero, an adjunct faculty member who taught the philosophy of education and helped supervise the student teacher program at DeSales University. For more information about the upcoming event, contact Lore McFadden, director of programs, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244 or or visit our website at

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