• David A. Feigley
  • David A. Feigley, PhD (Retired)
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  • Company:

    Academic Chair Emeritus, Global Sports Business MS Program, Rutgers University

  • Degrees:

    PhD, Psychobiology, Rutgers University


Dr. Feigley retired at the end of 2020.

At Rutgers, Dr. Feigley serves as the Academic Chair of the Global Sport Business M.S. Program. He is also a faculty member in the Masters, Business and Science Programs and the Ph.D. Program in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology.

He served as chair of the undergraduate program in Exercise Science and Sport Studies for 17 years (1995-2012). He earned his doctorate in Psychobiology and his current work in sport psychology focuses primarily on developing healthy organized sports programs for children and youth.

His published works have focused on psychological burnout in young elite athletes and coping with fear in high risk sports. He is the founder and former director of the Rutgers Youth Sport Research Council which has trained more than 300,000 volunteer youth sports coaches in New Jersey alone, providing them with civil immunity according to NJ state law. It is a law which he helped strengthen with six amendments in 1988. The Sports Council’s primary mission under Dr. Feigley’s Leadership is to provide adults who work with children with information on child development within the context organized youth sports.

He currently teaches courses in Psychology of Sport and Exercise and Statistics for Exercise Science at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He was previously named College/University Teacher of the Year by the Eastern District Association of the Society for Heath and Physical Education (SHAPE) and in 2014 received Rutgers’ Presidential Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

He was the Owner/Director of Feigley’s School of Gymnastics Inc. for more than 30 years where his teams competed nationally and internationally regularly earning Top 10 national ranking in the private club competitions. He served as the Elite Development Director for Region VII of USA Gymnastics from during the 1980s.