Department of Sport Science & Management

Ronald W. Quinn, EdD

Associate Professor, Department of Sport Science and Management
Program Director, MEd in Coaching Education & Athlete Development



Ronald W. Quinn, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sports Science & Management at Xavier University where he just completed his 31st year at the university. Overall, he has taught and coached for over 45 years.  During this time, he has worked at every educational level holding such positions as a school health and physical education teacher, an interscholastic director of athletics, collegiate sports information director, physical education department chair, and coach of a variety of sports.

Nationally, Dr. Quinn is known for his work in educating youth soccer coaches and player development, where he was one of the primary authors of the US Youth Soccer National Youth License and the State Youth Modules.  

Dr. Quinn's professional service includes serving as a member of the board of directors for the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education programs (NCACE) from 2006 - 2012 and is currently a member the editorial board for the Soccer Journal (Official Publication of the United Soccer Coaches). Additionally, Coach Quinn served as the Xavier University Women's Soccer Coach from 1993 – 2004 holding a 134 – 95 – 16 record over the 12-year period, winning two Atlantic-Ten Tournament titles and qualifying for the conference tournament nine of 12 seasons. He is the winningest women’s soccer coach in Xavier University history. From 2008 – 2009 he coached the Loveland Boys High School team winning the conference in 2009, and at Seton High School, from 2010 – 2017, an all-girls catholic high school in Cincinnati, OH, where he was selected as the 2013 Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association, Division I Girls, Private/Parochial Coach of the Year, and the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Women’s Sports Association High School Coach of the Year.

Dr. Quinn is considered a leading authority in youth soccer and coaching education presenting at prestigious national and international conferences. In 1999, he along with colleague Dr. Thomas Fleck were the first Americans to present at the XX Annual Union of European Football (Soccer) Trainers Symposium, in Wembley, London. In 2007, Dr. Quinn and Dr. Dave Carr (Ohio University) were also the only Americans to present at the International Council for Coaching Education Global Coach Conference on The Developmental Characteristics of U.S. Male and Female National Team Players, August 28 – September 4, 2007, Beijing Sport University, Beijing, China.

Dr. Quinn has authored, co-authored, or provided chapters to seven soccer-coaching books. He has published over 25 articles on various aspects of youth coaching and player development, and instructed numerous coaching education courses over his career.

At Xavier University his primary teaching responsibilities include: undergraduate courses in sport ethics and contemporary coaching, and the graduate courses in sport research and statistics, sport ethics and psycho-social aspects of sport.