2006 Recipient of the Alumni Award of Merit
Dr. Scot McFadden BA '73, MA '75, a well known industrial/organizational and performance psychologist, earned his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in psychology from the University of Windsor. Scot played goalie for Lancers Hockey 1969-’73 seasons. In 1973 he received the DeMarco Trophy, awarded for combined academic and athletic excellence. After graduation he became a professional hockey player in the Swiss Elite ‘A’ Division for Kloten.
Since 1982, Scot has worked with thousands of executives, managers, and professionals in the world of business and hundreds of professional athletes in the sports area.
Through his consulting practice, Scot was Co-Director of the Career Counselling program for the National Hockey League Players’ Association. An expert on motivation, leadership effectiveness and team dynamics, he has actively assisted the Florida Panthers (1992-1994) and the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League to achieve franchise performance records.
In 1998, he was retained exclusively by the Dallas Stars as their organizational/ performance psychologist where he played a key role in the drafting and/or development of established players. During this period, the Stars were Division champions six times, League regular season champions twice, championship finalists once and, in 1999, won the Stanley Cup. Scot’s contribution to the Stars’ success was acknowledged with a Stanley Cup ring.
In 2011-12 Scot signed a one year deal with the NHL's St. Louis Blues as Organizational and Clinical Sports Psychologist. He assisted the club in winning its first Central Division title since 2000. As a strategic advisor to coach Ken Hitchcock and GM Doug Armstrong, they went on to win Coach and GM of the year awards respectively. In January 2013, the Blues rewarded Dr. McFadden with a 3-year exclusivity contract.
Scot has also worked with a number of Olympic athletes in the area of mental preparation and assisted the Canadian Olympic Association and the Dancer Transition Centre with career planning/transition programs.
On the corporate side, Scot has extensive experience in executive coaching, career planning and talent development. He is in high demand for professional speaking engagements, has authored numerous articles and has conducted innovative research on 'personality characteristics which contribute to job termination'.
-Updated January 2013