Professor of Sport Science and Physical Education
Ph.D., Ohio University
Office: Statesboro Campus-Hollis Building – Room 1100B
Phone: (912) 478-0091
Fax: (912) 478-0381
Coaching Education; Physical Activity; Pedagogy; Administration
Dr. Zwald is the Director of Coaching Education, Professor and the former Director of the Physical Activity Program in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology at Georgia Southern University. He also is the Past President of the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education. His previous academic appointment was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was the Director of the Physical Education Activity Program in the Department of Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio University in Higher Education Administration. He also holds a M.S. from Ohio University in Physical Education and a B.S. from the College of William and Mary in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. His teaching and research focuses on administration, pedagogy and coaching education. He has published articles, book chapters and manuals, awarded grants and presented over ninety research papers at international, national, regional or state conferences. He has trained, evaluated, supervised and supported over 800 graduate assistants and faculty teaching physical activity classes. In 1988, under his direction, the Physical Education Activity Program at the University of North Carolina was recognized by AAHPERD and NASPE as one of the Most Successful Physical Education Basic Instructional Programs in the United States. Under his direction the Georgia Southern University Coaching Education Program was recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education as the second college or university in the United States to offer an accredited coaching education program. He taught health and physical education in the public schools for eight years and coached various sports for thirteen years at the interscholastic and collegiate levels. He was recognized by the United States Tennis Association as a member of the USA Tennis All-American Team and selected for the 2003 USA Team Tennis Adult Volunteer Award. His professional affiliations include the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, and the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Drew and his wife, Robin, enjoy visiting their children and grandchildren, exercising, traveling, golfing, hiking and relaxing at the coast.
Murray, M., Schoenstedt, L., Zwald, D. (2013). Recommended requisites for sport coaches. JOPERD, 84(8), 7-12.
Knight, J., Czech, D. R., Joyner, A. B., McDaniel, T., Zwald, A. D., Egli, T., Bryant, L., Burdette, G. P. (2012). Coach effectiveness and personality assessments: an exploratory analysis of thin slice interpersonal perceptions. The Sport Journal, 15(2), pp.
Yancey, A., Czech, D. R., Joyner, A. B., Zwald, A. D., Genter, N. (2011). The experience of preshot routines among professional golfers: An existential phenomenological investigation. Journal of Excellence, 14, 48-68.
Burden, W., Burdette, G. P., Zwald, A. D., Czech, D. R., Buckley, T. (2010). Credential characteristics of Georgia high school coaches. GAHPERD Journal, 43(3), 31-36.
Burden, W., Burdette, G. P., Zwald, A. D., Czech, D. R., Buckley, T. (2010). Evidence that support equality:credential characteristics of Georgia female high school coaches.. The Sport Journal, 13(3), pp.
Professional Affiliations and Organizations
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Georgia Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
National Association for Girls and Women in Sport
National Association for Sport and Physical Education
National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education
Opportunities for Students
There are student opportunities for research, presentations and field experiences in best practices in athletic coaching.
Last updated: 1/25/2018