YSRC Staff


David A. Feigley, Ph.D.
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Dr. David Feigley is the Founder and Director of the Rutgers Youth Sports Research Council which has trained more than 300,000 volunteer youth sports coaches and more than 800 volunteer clinicians in New Jersey in its SAFETY courses. The Sports Council's primary mission under his leadership has been to provide information on child development to adults who work with young athletes within the context of organized youth sports. His Ph.D. is in Psychobiology and his Master’s Degree is in Experimental Psychology, both from the Graduate School of Rutgers University.

He served as chair of the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies (now Kinesiology and Health) for 17 years from 1995 to 2012 during which the undergraduate major grew from approximately 250 students to more than 1,000. During that same period, the department’s programs expanded to include a Master’s Degree in Business and Science, and a Ph.D. and MS Kinesiology and Applied Physiology. He is currently the Academic Chair of the Global Sport Business Master’s Degree and the Undergraduate Coordinator of the Sport Management Program.

His courses include Sport Psychology, Basic Statistics, and Statistical Software at the undergraduate level and Statistics and Research Design at graduate level. He has just developed two new undergraduate courses for the department: Administration of Organized Youth Sports and Developmental Aspects of Coaching. He was named College/University Teacher of the Year by the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Now SHAPE), was awarded Rutgers’ prestigious Presidential Award for Distinguished Public Service (1991) and most recently received the Presidential Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education, Rutgers University, (2014).

His professional interests have focused on the topics of coping with fear in high risk sports such as gymnastics and tower diving, psychological burnout and he has been a major contributor to youth sport coaching education programs. He has authored NJ legislation which provided significant civil immunity protection for volunteer coaches who take such safety training and was a key member of the National Task Force of National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) which established national standards for coaching education programs, an event which has led to development of the National Accreditation Council for Coaching Education. He has coached elite athletes in two different sports - gymnastics and springboard/platform diving. He was the owner/directory of Feigley's School of Gymnastics for 35 years, and during his active coaching careers, his women's private club gymnastics teams were nationally ranked. He coached the NCAA Division I Springboard Diving Team at Rutgers from 1971 to 1973.

His credentials include papers presented nationally and internationally including keynote addresses at the 1985 International Society of Sports Psychology Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark and the 1997 Pan-American Congress on Physical Education in Quito, Ecuador. He has just completed a new book entitled “Coaching the Child Behind the Athlete” which is the primary curriculum for the 2018 version (5th Ed.) of the Rutgers Coaches Safety Course. He is actively working on a number of continuing education programs including programs for youth sport administrators and youth sport parents.

Program Coordinator 

Alejandro "Hondo" Diaz
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Alejandro Diaz mostly known as Hondo is the Program Coordinator for the Rutgers Youth Sports Research Council within the Department of Kinesiology and Health. Hondo is an Old Bridge, New Jersey resident who has been working for the Sports Council since 2016. He is both a Certified Clinician and also teaches portions of the Clinician’s Workshop to aspiring instructors.

Hondo received his Undergraduate degree is Business Administration at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire in 2015. While attending SNHU he was a member of the Baseball team where he was a 2-time All-Conference Selection at First base and Third base. Also was selected as a team Captain for his senior campaign.

Hondo also is an Instructor and Coach for the Baseball Warehouse Instructional Academy located in Highland Park, New Jersey. Hondo has been on staff at the Warehouse since 2015. Hondo develops young athletes ranging from middle school through college. Off season baseball workouts and strength and conditioning classes are held throughout the winter. During the fall, spring and summer Hondo coaches multiple teams that compete at elite levels.

Program Assistant

Sarah Gunia
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Sarah Gunia

Sarah Gunia is the Program Assistant for the Rutgers Youth Sports Council within the Department of Kinesiology and Health. She is a 2016 graduate of Arcadia University, where she studied Art and Design as well as played softball for the Knights' Women's team. She is currently continuing her education at Kean University in Physical Education and Coaching. 

Along with her position at Rutgers, Sarah coaches Junior Varsity Girl's Volleyball and is the Varsity Softball Assistant and Pitching Coach at East Brunswick High School. She is one of the Arts and Crafts Specialists for the East Brunswick Day Camp throughout the summer as well as a referee and co-instructor for East Brunswick Department of Parks and Recreation's volleyball program.