by: Michael Montoro, WVU Athletics
Posted: Feb 4, 2021 / 6:35 PM ESTUpdated: February 4, 2021 / 6:35 PM EST
Courtesy of WVU Athletics
West Virginia University coach Neal Brown announced that Haley Bishop has joined the WVU soccer program as director of sports nutrition.
“We’d like to welcome Haley to the Mountaineer Football Family,” said Brown. “She has excellent credentials and has spent time monitoring the nutritional needs of athletes and educating them about the value of proper nutrition on and off the field. With her experience and training, she will be a great addition to the athletic performance unit of our football program. “
Bishop will develop and oversee the nutritional needs of the soccer student-athletes. She advises individuals and groups on daily diet for performance and health. She will research the latest scientific findings and convert them into practical sports nutrition recommendations as well as track and document the results of nutrition services. She will serve as a nourishment for the program, provide education, and maintain the professional skills and abilities required for practice.
The bishop will develop and advise hydration protocols, address nutritional issues related to performance, evaluate nutritional supplements, develop all menus, and monitor gas and gas stations.
Born in Taylorsville, Georgia, the Bishop comes to West Virginia after more than two years as the director of sports nutrition at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She trained the teams and had one-on-one interviews with athletes while working with coaches, sports medicine professionals, and sports performance workers. She ran the gas station, helped with nutrition while traveling, developed teaching materials and individual meal plans tailored to her health needs. She worked with the sports medical staff to establish injury nutrition logs and was the dietary supplement assessment officer to comply with NCAA guidelines.
Previously, she completed internships in Arkansas (2018), St. Vincent’s Performance Center (2016-17), UAB (2015-16) and Samford (2013-15) and was an assistant for sports nutrition at Samford (2016-17) . . She worked with the Samford soccer team, the women’s basketball team at UAB, and worked at the NFL pre-combine training camp at St. Vincent’s Sports Performance Center in 2016.
Bishop is a registered nutritionist and certified by the Commission on Dietary Registration as a specialist in sports dietetics. Since her certification, she has maintained her registered dietitian status for more than two years. She is a National Restaurant Association certified ServSafe Food Protection Manager and is certified by the American Heart Association for CPR, AED, first aid, and blood pathogens.
She is a professional member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dieticians Association, and a member of the Women Leaders in Collegiate Sports.
Bishop graduated from Samford with a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2016 and a Masters in Nutrition in 2017. She studied abroad in Costa Rica and has over 1,300 hours of clinical, hospitality, public health and athletic performance experience during her diet internship in Samford with a focus on sports in St. Vincent’s.
In 2016, Bishop was selected for the outstanding research award. Her abstract was published in the International Society of Sports Nutrition and received the Outstanding Award for Campus and Community Services at UAB.