Department of Applied Physiology & Wellness

David Bertrand

David Bertrand

Director & Clinical Associate Professor

Ed.D., Southern Methodist University
3101 University Blvd, Ofc.378
Dallas, 75205
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David Bertrand, Ed.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Sport Performance Leadership (SPL) program. He completed doctoral studies at SMU in Higher Education Leadership, and his dissertation study looked at executive coaching for academic deans in higher education institutions and how it impacted their leadership. He earned his Master’s degree in Health & Human Performance from Baylor University, with a special emphasis in Sport Pedagogy. David started teaching at SMU in 2007 and thoroughly enjoys sharing his passion for health, wellness, and coaching with all students.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, David was appointed the first Director of the SPL concentration in 2013. SPL is the newest addition to the Applied Physiology & Sport Management major, with the inaugural course having been offered in the fall of 2014. The mission of the SPL program is to provide students with academic and experiential training pertinent to the leadership and instruction of sport. More information about the SPL program can be found here – video feature


David is a practicing endurance and triathlon coach, with his interest and involvement in the endurance sports community since 2005. He is a frequent speaker of various coaching and leadership topics at professional conferences across the nation. Most recently, he presented at National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Endurance Clinic on “Managing the Endurance Athlete from A to Z” and at USA Triathlon’s International Art & Science Symposium on “Coaching Powerfully: The Greatest Triathlon Minds of our Time”.

David and his wife Nikki live in East Lake Highlands with their three children, Annie, Tessa, and John David.