Kristi Kiefer serves as an Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator for the athletic department at Fairmont State. Kiefer has spent nearly two decades in a variety of capacities at FSU, spending 22 years as an assistant professor in the Health and Human Performance department while also serving in the athletic department as a coach, advisor and administrator.
Kiefer received a bachelor’s degree from Fairmont State. As a student, she was also a cheerleader. She went on to receive a master’s degree from West Virginia University in Physical Education-Teacher Education with an emphasis in Motor Development. Kiefer also holds a doctorate from the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University.
Kiefer has also spent 14 years, spanning two stints as the head coach of the competitive cheer/acrobatics and tumbling team at Fairmont State. As a coach, Kiefer helped Fairmont State to its first national championship in cheerleading in 1995. In 2008-09, she returned to her coaching role as Fairmont State made cheerleading a varsity sport. Fairmont State finished second in the nation in the inaugural season, and in 2010 added another national championship by winning in the All-Girl Division II category.
She has been at the forefront to help the sport of competitive cheer transition to acrobatics and tumbling in an effort for the sport to be recognized by the NCAA and garner emerging sport status. In 2012, she received National Collegiate Acrobatic and Tumbling Association (NCATA) “Coach of the Year” honors as the team completed its second full season competing under that organization. She also helped the Falcons earn the third seed in the NCATA national tournament and coached two All-America athletes: Kayla Green and Danielle DiCarlo.
In Fairmont State's first two years in the NCATA, she coached two event national championships (Basket Toss Heat 1 - 2011, Five Element Acro - 2012).
In 2013, Fairmont State picked up two wins against Division I Baylor, including once at the NCATA national tournament -- marking the first win in the NCATA tournament in school history. DiCarlo once again earned All-America honors and the Falcons claimed a national championship in the seven-element acro event.
Two seasons ago, the acrobatics & tumbling team finished the season with a 7-3 record -- its best single-season finish since the team joined the NCATA. DiCarlo garnered All-America honors for the third-straight season to lead the Falcons.
Last season, the A&T team served as the host of the 2015 NCATA National Championships, holding the event at Fairmont State's Joe Retton Arena. The Falcons earned the seven seed in the tournament and qualified for the individual event championships in a pair of events (Acro 5 Element and Pyramid Heat 3). DiCarlo earned All-American honors for the fourth-straight year, joining fellow 2015 All-American Tera Lubert (Oregon) to become the first four-time All-Americans in NCATA history.
In the fall of 2004, Kiefer took on the roles of senior woman administrator and advisor for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The SAAC deals with issues for current student-athletes while also serving as a valuable component for community outreach for the athletic department. The SAAC has been involved in Fairmont State’s award-winning community engagement initiatives in the past few years, as well as raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Kiefer and her husband Jim reside in Bridgeport and are the parents of three children, Kash, Kylie, and Koby.
Biography written by Fairmont State Sports Information