College of Arts and Sciences

Dan Tripps, PhD

  • Dan Tripps PhD
    PhD in Sports Psychology
    Professor, Center for the Study of Sport and Exercise
    Phone: 206-296-2045
    Building/Room: Casey 429


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    Dan G. Tripps is an achievement psychologist and executive coach. Dan G. Tripps is currently the Director of the Master in Sport Administration and Leadership at Seattle University following twenty years as Chair of the Department of Physical Education & Exercise Science at Seattle Pacific University.

    His teaching focuses on the science of elite performance and the psychology of leadership and achievement. Among his professional experiences, Dr. Tripps has been a coach for world-class swimmers and triathletes, President and Executive Director of the Olympic Scientific Congress held in conjunction with the 1984 Olympic Games, U.S. representative to UNESCO's Sport For All project to bring sport science to the developing world, Executive Director of Sport for Understanding, a contract exchange program of athletes and coaches for the U.S State Department, and Executive Director of Athletes for a Better Word, a non-profit agency working to return character and integrity to sport.

    Dr. Tripps has appeared on several television programs, written dozens of articles, and addressed numerous conferences on topics related to achievement and human performance.

    He as served as editor for ten books on the subject, and recently released two of his own books, The Heart of Success: Conversations with Notable Achievers (BainBridgeBooks, 2001) and In Search of Greatness: Attributes of Achievement and Lessons for Life (Town Books, 2002), which discuss the results of his interviews with 120 of America's most accomplished individuals.