Director: Dr. Brian Zuleger


Phone: 719-587-7404

Twitter:@AdamsHPPE,@CoachZou, and @AdamsStateCHPCE


Assistant Professor Sport Psychology
Adams State University

Brian is an assistant professor of sport psychology in the Human Performance and Physical Education Department at Adams State University where he is teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in sport psychology and coaching education as well as a variety of other human performance related subjects.

His research interests are coaching and leadership. His Master’s thesis: Leadership Characteristics of Successful NCAA Division I Track and Field Head Coaches, which was published in USTFCCA Techniques coaching journal.

His dissertation work consisted of case studies of Olympic Track and Field medal winning athletes and coaches from the United States, focusing on the coach-athlete relationship as part of a larger study on the Olympic medal winners from the United States London Games in conjunction with USATF.

Brian is working with USATF Sport Psychology service delivery team providing coach and athlete education as well as continuing research to support USATF and their mission.

Brian is a certified consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. He also is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the NSCA and a certified health and fitness specialist with the ACSM.

Through the Missouri Institute for Positive Coaching, Brian served as a member of a team of coaches and educators assisting Dr. Rick McGuire with curriculum development, coaches’ education and instruction, and applied sport psychology services to coaches and athletes. He taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Positive Coaching both online and on campus.

He was also a member of the Men4Men Panel dedicated to character education programming for University of Missouri male athletes.

Brian began his academic career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Kinesiology with a major in Physical Education and minors in secondary health education and adaptive physical education.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science in 2009 from Western Washington University, where he also received his Master of Science degree in Human Movement and Performance with an emphasis on sport psychology under the direction of Dr. Ralph Vernacchia.

He earned a doctoral degree in Health Education and Promotion with an emphasis in sport psychology at the University of Missouri.

In college he was a nationally competitive 3-event water skier. He also was the manager for 3 years with the University of Wisconsin-Madison men’s track and field team. The team was undefeated in the Big 10 in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field championships and were 2005 cross country national champions, and 2007 indoor track and field national champions. The team had a 2x national champion in cross country and a 5x national champion in track and field along with 40+ All-Americans, and 19 Academic All-Americans.

He also was an assistant coach with the Western Washington University men’s and women’s track and field teams for 3 years. The men’s team was conference champions in 2010. The team had one male 4x national champion, and three female national champions, 26 All-Americans, 21 Academic All-Americans.

He helped coach 7 All-Americans, 4 Academic All-Americans, 24 school record holders, and 16 conference champions.

He was an assistant coach with the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams at the University of Missouri for 3 years. The team had 2 All-Americans in cross country and track and field team had 24 All-Americans. The women’s team was Academic All-American team all 3 years in cross country and track and field. The men’s team was Academic All-American team 2 years in cross country and 2 years in track and field. The men’s and women’s track and field teams combined had 45 Academic All-Americans.

Brian grew up in Freedom, WI where he played many sports as a youth and took to cross country, basketball and track and field in high school.