Dedication. Respect. Enthusiasm. Attitude. Mental Toughness. Sacrifice.

Speaking Topics

Impact of Substance Abuse Upon Academic and Athletic Performance


Dr. Switchenko’s inspiring presentation relates how that issue of substance abuse has effected him personally and professionally.  He relates how his cocaine addicted brother permanently impacted family relationships and conveys numerous situations in which the use of alcohol and other drugs negatively impacted individual and team performance during his 18 years of college coaching.  The short and long term impact of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, anabolic steroids and other substances is addressed.

Program Objectives

  • To understand short and long term consequences of the use of alcohol and other widely used substances.
  • To understand the impact substance abuse has upon the family.
  • To understand the impact substance abuse has upon academic and athletic performance.

Desired Outcome

  • To reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs by interscholastic and intercollegiate student athletes.


Impact of Good Leadership Upon Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Performance

Switchenko_3One of the most important factors in the development of successful interscholastic and intercollegiate programs lies in the quality of leadership provided.  Dr. Switchenko draws upon his eighteen years of college coaching experience to not only define leadership, but to describe the attributes possessed by an outstanding leader.  Attention is also focused upon those behaviors exhibited by outstanding leaders both on and off the athletic field.

Program Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of what leadership is.
  • To understand the attributes possessed by a good leader.
  • To understand the behaviors exhibited on and off the athletic field by a good leader.

Desired Outcome

  • To develop future leaders through interscholastic and intercollegiate sports.


Application of Exercise Science to Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Performance

Switchenko_4Dr. Switchenko has a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from The Ohio State University.  He has served as exercise physiologist at Alma College (1978-1980) and at Eastern Connecticut State University from 1981 to present.  His ability to bridge the gap between the research scientist and the practitioner is unique.  Topics addressed are aerobic training, anaerobic training, weight training, plyometric training, body composition, diet, nutrition and ergogenic aids.

Program Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of the factors involved in successful aerobic training, anaerobic training, weight training, and plyometric training.
  • To develop an understanding of the impact body competition, diet and nutrition have upon optimal interscholastic and intercollegiate athletic performance.
  • To develop an understanding of numerous ergogenic aids.

Desired Outcome

  • To improve interscholastic and intercollegiate performance through a better understanding of exercise science.


Ingredients for Success

Switchenko_1This motivational presentation focuses on the characteristics that successful individuals possess.  Dr. Switchenko discusses the role that academic achievement, academic skills, and positive character attributes play in ones quest for success.  Goal setting and the behaviors that detract from academic and athletic success are highlighted.

Program Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of how academic achievement, academic skills, and positive character attributes impact success.
  • To develop an understanding of those behaviors that detract from academic and athletic success.


Desired Outcome

  • To improve the likelihood of student success throughout life.


For more information, or if you would like Dan to speak at your school, organizational meeting, or conference:



Daniel B. Switchenko, Ph.D.

Eastern Connecticut State University

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education

83 Windham Street

Willimantic, CT 06226-2211




Office (860) 465-5186

Home (860) 423-9019

Fax (860) 465-0186



  • Ph.D. in Exercise Science from The Ohio State University
  • 40 years of teaching at the university level
  • 18 years of coaching men’s basketball at the university level (15 as a head coach)
  • 38 years on the public speaking circuit addressing intercollegiate and interscholastic student athletes, parents, coaches, physicians, allied health personnel, physical educators, health educators and community groups
  • Formerly co-chair of Eastern Connecticut State University’s Substance Abuse Advisory Board
  • 16 year Windham, Connecticut Board of Education member





Teaching Awards

Eastern Connecticut State University Teacher of the Year, 2000

Connecticut Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance University Teacher of the Year, 1991

Alma College Outstanding Teaching Award, 1980

The Ohio State University Graduate Teaching Award, 1978


Coaching Achievements

Lifetime Head Coaching Record, 214-168

NCAA Division III Final Sixteen, 1992

NCAA Division III Final Eight, 1993

ECAC Division III, 1986, 1988, 1990

Little East Conference Coach of the Year, 1988, 1990, 1993

Kaiser Award Recipient Recognizing Outstanding Alumnus From Central Connecticut State University, 1992

Eastern Connecticut State University Athletic Hall of Fame, 2002



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Dan Switchenko is one of the most dynamic speakers that I have ever witnessed. His message is right on target and his delivery is totally captivating. Dan has the rare ability to be both charismatic and genuine. He speaks confidently and works the audience like a seasoned performer. But what puts Switch in a special category is his honesty and humility. He is direct, very upbeat, and most important, he speaks from the heart. Dan captures and keeps the attention of his crowd, and in doing so, creates the forum to deliver some very important messages and information in a very entertaining manner. It's an experience that you should not miss. - Albert D. Bean Jr., Athletic Director, University of Southern Maine