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Department of Physical Education : Display Biographical Details

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Dr. Ralph Pim

Professor/Director of Competitive Sports

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Phone: 5429

Throughout his career, Dr. Ralph Pim has earned the reputation of being an inspirational teacher and dynamic team builder as an athletic administrator, department chairperson, faculty member, and basketball coach. In 2009, Dr. Pim was one of only 12 educators chosen as a Sports Ethics Fellow by The Positive Coaching Alliance and the Institute for International Sport. In 2007, Dr. Pim was inducted into the Limestone College Athletics Hall of Fame.

At the United States Military Academy, Dr. Pim is a professor of physical education and the director of competitive sports. He oversees athletic programs for over 3,500 cadets consisting of 27 competitive club teams and 12 company athletic sports.

Dr. Pim has played a significant role in redesigning the competitive sport curriculum at West Point so cadets are developing leadership skills and learning the value of ethical conduct in a highly competitive athletic setting. Over the past 6 years, West Point competitive club teams have won 31 national championships. In 2008, Dr. Pim and his staff were selected as one of the "15 Most Influential Sports Education Teams in America" by the Institute for International Sport.

Dr. Pim has authored or co-authored 9 books and has been a clinician at the National Association of Basketball Coaches' convention at the NCAA Division I Men's Final Four every year since 2004. He also has been a speaker at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement clinic, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national convention, numerous Division I universities, the Singapore Sports School, and the Sports Management Institute.

Prior to his arrival at West Point in 2000, Dr. Pim served as a professor, administrator, and coach at Limestone College, the College of William and Mary, Alma College, Central Michigan University, Northwestern State University, and Barberton High School. Internationally, Dr. Pim spent 10 years as a part-time technical advisor for the Basketball Association of Wales and implemented training programs to facilitate the development of basketball throughout the country of Wales. In 2007, Pim was selected for membership in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. ​