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CSP Panel & Directors

CSP Mission

The CSP was founded to meet two pressing needs for parents of young athletes. First, to provide immediate, practical assistance for parents, coaches, educators, administrators, officials, referees, umpires and all other individuals involved in youth sports; and second, CSP is committed to researching the latest practices in the area of sports parenting, with special emphasis on coaching, communication, motivation and athletic development.


CSP Panel

Rick Wolff - Chairman

Rick Wolff is a nationally recognized expert in the field of sports psychology and performance enhancement. Often quoted by the media about the issues that face today's athletes and their parents, Wolff has written and lectured widely on the psychological pressures that accompany America's passion for sports.

Wolff currently contributes a monthly sports parenting article for Sports Illustrated, sponsored by Dodge Chrysler and a monthly column for SI for KIDS' website on sports parenting. From 1995 through 1998, Wolff's column - KIDS' SPORTS - was seen every other week in Sports Illustrated nationwide. The column was sponsored by Chrysler Plymouth and was one of the most successful advertorial campaigns that Sports Illustrated has ever run. As a magazine contributor, Wolff's byline has also appeared in such well-known publications as GQ, The New York Times, Harvard Magazine, the Harvard Business Review, Sesame Street Magazine, Child, Scholastic, Family Life, USA TODAY, Psychology Today, Readers Digest, and many others.

Doug Abrams

Doug Abrams, a University of Missouri law professor, has coached youth hockey at all age levels since 1968. He graduated summa cum laude from Wesleyan University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and won the Scholar-Athlete Award. He earned his law degree from Columbia University Law School, and he is a member of the Missouri and New York Bar Associations.

Prof. Abrams currently teaches juvenile law and family law at the University of Missouri Law School. He has written four books, including Children and the Law, which is required reading in nearly seventy law schools. Three Supreme Court decisions quote from his writing. His youth sports and juvenile justice columns appear regularly in national newspapers, and he is frequently interviewed on radio and television.

Suzanne Coffey

Suzanne R. Coffey, associate professor of physical education, was appointed director of athletics and chair of the department of physical education at Bates College in May 1991. In 1999, Professor Coffey was named a Sport Ethics Fellow with the Institute for International Sport. Coffey is also a member of the advisory panel of experts with the Institute's Center for Sports Parenting. Coffey received the Institute for International Sport's Frank W. Keaney award in May of 2002, recognizing her "commitment to the scholar-athlete ideal." Her peers recently recognized Professor Coffey as Division III Northeast Region Athletics Director of the Year for 2005. Coffey was also named NACWAA's National Administrator of the Year for Division III in 2001-2002.

Suzanne Coffey has been active in NCAA governance through more than a decade of committee service. She was recently named to the NCAA's Diversity Leadership Strategic Planning Committee. Coffey's four years on the NCAA's Management Council (2001-2005) included her election as chair of the Council in 2004. Coffey has also served as a member of the NCAA's Executive Committee. She was appointed to concurrent terms on the Division III Budget Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Championships Committee and the Management Council's Subcommittee on Playing and Practice Seasons.

Avery Faigenbaum - EdD, CSCS

Avery Faigenbaum is an Associate Professor of Health and Exercise Science at the College of New Jersey. He received his doctorate from Boston University and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and United States Weightlifting Association. He currently serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is nationally recognized as a leading authority in the area of youth strength training and has lectured across the country to schools and sports medicine organizations.

Dr. Faigenbaum has authored two books and over 100 articles on fitness and conditioning. His first book, entitled Strength and Power for Young Athletes, was published in 2000. In 2001, Faigenbaum published a second work, entitled Youth Fitness. He is an appointed member of the Massachusetts Governors Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports and currently serves as the New England Region Coordinator of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Susan Summons

Susan Summons began her career at Miami-Dade Community College in 1986 when she took over the MDCC-Kendall Campus Women's basketball program. When Miami-Dade consolidated their athletic programs in 1997, Summons was chosen to guide the Lady Sharks' fortunes.

The Massachusetts native began her playing career at Jeremiah Burke High School in Boston where she was voted Athlete of the Year in the Boston Public School system in 1974 and 1975. At Roxbury Community School, Summons starred on the court earning All-State, All-Region, and All-National honors while leading the Expressettes to back-to-back National Tournament berths. At the NJCAA National Championship, Summons was twice named to the All-National Tournament Team. She later attended Lamar University in Texas, where she excelled on both the women's basketball and track teams. At Lamar, she received the prestigious Babe Didrickson Zaharias Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award and set a collegiate record for most points scored in one game (43). She was honored as one of the first African-American student-athletes to have her portrait bronze-plated and hung in the famous Babe Zaharias Museum in Texas.

Summons was drafted in the third round of the Women's Basketball League (WBL) by the New Jersey Gems. She played for the Gems and later the New England Gulls. In August 1998, Summons was among several former and current women's professional basketball players to be honored by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in an exhibit entitled "Heart & Soul," A Celebration of Women's Professional Basketball." Summons was featured on the NBC Television show "NBA Inside Stuff" and has appeared on television and radio shows both locally and nationally.


CSP Directors

Tony Fiorino

Tony is the author of The Comprehensive Guide to Adolescent Sports (scheduled for release in late 2005) and has spent the last 20 years immersing himself in youth athletics.

He has spent the last several years as a Director and Coach in the Basketball, Baseball, Football and Softball leagues in Somers, NY. He has directed and coached at numerous sports camps throughout his career and continues to do so today.

Tony was approached in 2004 by Pro Swing, a highly-regarded indoor Baseball and Softball training facility in Mount Kisco, NY to act as a private instructor as well as a speaker to coaches and parents in the New York Metropolitan and surrounding areas.

As a baseball player, Tony achieved NABF Amateur All-American status as a member of the National Champion Bayside Yankees. He also was ranked in the top twenty in the US in batting average and the top ten in RBI while at Mercy College, where he graduated with honors.

Tony and his wife, Erminia live in Somers, NY with their three children, Anthony, Sophia and Dominique.

Steve Kallas

An attorney and sportswriter, Steve Kallas was born and raised in New York City. He is a graduate of the legendary Power Memorial Academy, where he played baseball, basketball and was even on the bowling team. Former New York Knicks assistant Brendan Malone was one of his coaches. In his senior year at Power, Steve received the John P. Donohue Medal for excellence in athletics.

Steve is a graduate of New York University, where he also played baseball, basketball and was even on the bowling team. He later graduated from the Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review.

Steve has been a frequent guest on Rick Wolff's well-known WFAN radio show, "The Sports Edge." He has also made numerous appearances on radio and TV to talk about sports in general and youth sports in particular, including Madison Square Garden Network’s SportsDesk and Talk of Our Town, as well as local radio in Westchester County, New York. Steve has written articles on the problems of, and solutions for, youth sports, on Madison Square Garden’s website (MSGNetwork.com) and in the New York Post Sports Week.

In 2004, Steve was selected to be on an expert panel on youth sports by the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance (CTSA) to help formulate a national report card on youth sports for distribution in 2005.