Dintiman, George B. 1936–

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Dintiman, George B. 1936–

(George Blough Dintiman)

PERSONAL: Born October 4, 1936, in Hershey, PA; son of George B. (a businessman) and Gladys (Blough) Dintiman; married Hilda Cabrera (president, International Translating Service), July 30, 1958, (divorced); married; wife's name Carol Ann (a retired teacher), June 6, 1997; children: (from first marriage) Brenda Jean, Lynne Rose, G. Brian. Education: Lock Haven State College, B.S., 1958; New York University, M.A., 1961; Columbia University, Ed.D., 1964. Hobbies and other interests: Tennis, kayaking, cycling, weight training.

ADDRESSES: Home—1400 W. 1st St., Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948. Office—President, National Association of Speed and Explosion, P.O. Box 1784, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-1784.

CAREER: South Williamsport High School, South Williamsport, PA, physical education teacher and coach, 1958–59; Inter-American University, San German, Puerto Rico, instructor, 1959–61, associate professor of physical education, 1961–65; Southern Connecticut State College, New Haven, CT, associate professor and head basketball coach, 1965–68; Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, division chair and professor, 1968–98, professor emeritus, 1998–.

MEMBER: National Association of Speed and Explosion (president and chief executive officer, 1968–), Governors Council on Physical Fitness.

AWARDS, HONORS: Inductee, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Capital Area Chapter.



(With Loyd M. Barrow) A Comprehensive Manual of Physical Education Activities for Men, Appleton-Century-Crofts (New York, NY), 1970.

Evaluation Manual in Health and Physical Education, Appleton-Century-Crofts (New York, NY), 1970.

Sprinting Speed: Its Improvement for Major Sports Competition, C.C. Thomas (Springfield, IL), 1971.

The Art and Science of Coaching, FI Productions, 1972.

What Research Tells the Coach about Sprinting, American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (Washington, DC), 1974.

How to Run Faster, Champion Athlete Publishing (Richmond, VA), 1979, published as How to Run Faster: Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Improve Foot Speed, Human Kinetics (Champaign, IL), 1984.

A Comprehensive Manual of Foundations and Activities for Men and Women, Burgess (Minneapolis, MN), 1979.

(With John Unitas) Improving Health and Performance in the Athlete, Prentice-Hall (Engle-wood Cliffs, NJ), 1979.

Health through Discovery, Addison-Wesley (Reading MA), 1980, 4th edition (with Jerrold S. Green-berg), Random House (New York, NY), 1989.

Teacher's Manual for "Health through Discovery," Addison-Wesley (Reading, MA), 1980.

Doctor Tennis: A Complete Book of Conditioning and Injury Prevention for Tennis, Champion Athlete Publishing (Richmond, VA), 1980.

(With John Unitas) The Athlete's Handbook, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 1982.

Discovering Lifetime Fitness, West Publishing (St. Paul, MN), 1984, 2nd edition, 1989.

Train America!: Achieving Peak Performance and Fitness for Sports Competition, Kendall Hunt Publishing (Dubuque, IA), 1988.

(With Robert D. Ward) Sports Speed, Leisure Press (Champaign, IL), 1988, 2nd edition (with Robert D. Ward and Tom Tellez), Human Kinetics (Champaign, IL), 1997, 3rd edition, 2003.

College Student Self-Care Diary, American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (Washington, DC), 1991.

(With Jerrold S. Greenberg) Exploring Health: Expanding the Boundaries of Wellness, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 1992.

Exploring Fitness, Allyn & Bacon (Boston, MA), 1994.

(With Jerrold S. Greenberg, Barbee Myers Oakes, Jennifer Irwin, and Don Morrow) Physical Fitness and Wellness, Allyn & Bacon (Boston, MA), 1995, 2nd edition, 1997.

(With Jerrold S. Greenberg and Barbee Myers Oakes) Wellness: Creating a Life of Health and Fitness, Allyn & Bacon (Boston, MA), 1997.

(With Jerrold S. Greenberg) The Manatech Exercise Program, Manatech (Coippel, TX), 1999.

Speed Improvement for Young Athletes: How to Sprint Faster in Your Sport in 30 Workouts, National Association of Speed and Explosion (Kill Devil Hills, NC), 2002.

Also author, with Bob Ward and Larry Isaacs, of the videos Speed and Explosion, Speed Improvement for Soccer, Speed for Sport and Fitness, Coaching Speed, and Speed Improvement for Baseball. Contributor of about one hundred articles on health, fitness, and prevention of heart disease to physical education journals.

SIDELIGHTS: George B. Dintiman is an emeritus professor of physical education and president of the National Association of Speed and Explosion. The author of over twenty books and videos on speed improvement for athletes, as well as on wellness and health issues, Dintiman also has been a National Football League consultant on speed improvement. Writing in the Virginian Pilot, Paul South called Dintiman "a pioneer" in foot speed. Through experimentation, Dintiman found that through a variety of exercise and training regimens, stride length and stride pace could be increased, thus increasing foot speed. His 1979 title, How to Run Faster: Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Improve Foot Speed, became standard reading for NFL teams, such as the Dallas Cowboys. Teaming up with former professional football quarterback, Johnny Unitas, Dintiman also authored other works on health and fitness for athletes.

Dintiman shares more of his techniques in Sports Speed, which has gone through several editions since it was first published in 1988. Sports Speed details not only training techniques to increase speed, but also testing procedures to measure speed gain. The book, a training guide for both athletes and coaches, is a "'must have' for anyone who wishes to move to a higher level and significantly improve speed and quickness," according to Tim Pulse, writing on the National Junior College Athletic Association Web site. For James G. Disch, writing in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the same work was "extremely well-written and targeted for the practitioner." Disch concluded that "Sports Speed is a very significant addition to the body of knowledge in human performance." Dintiman provides more training techniques in his 2002 title, Speed Improvement for Young Athletes: How to Sprint Faster in Your Sport in 30 Workouts. Reviewing that title in the School Library Journal, Janice C. Hayes described it as a "guide to evaluating speed strengths and weaknesses and improving teams sports performance."



Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, January, 1989, James G. Disch, review of Sports Speed, pp. 86, 88.

M2 Best Books, September 24, 2004, Caroline Turner, review of Sports Speed.

School Library Journal, October, 2002, Janice C. Hayes, review of Speed Improvement for Young Athletes: How to Sprint Faster in Your Sport in 30 Workouts, p. 182.

Virginian Pilot (Hampton Roads, VA), January 10, 1999, Paul South, "You May Not Know This Man, but You'll Know His Speedy Work," p. Y1.


Basketball World, http://www.basketballworld.com/ (March 24, 2006), "About the Authors: George B. Dintiman and Bob Ward."

National Association of Speed and Explosion Web site, http://www.naseinc.com (March 24, 2006).

National Junior College Athletic Association Web site, http://www.njcaa.org/ (March 24, 2006), Tim Pulse, review of Sports Speed.