Robert P. Gambardella

Chief, Singapore Sports Institute

Bob Gambardella has been involved in sport at the national and international level in various capacities as a coach and administrator. Most recently Bob served as the Chief, Singapore Sports Institute (2009-­2016) where he led a team of 124 sport administrators and sport scientists and managed a budget of $80M. His areas of leadership included HighPerformance Sports, Athlete Services, Sport Science, Sports Medicine, Analytics, Coaching Academy, Strategy Planning, NSA Partnerships & Grant Administration/Finance.

Over the past seven years his team achieved breakthrough performances, forged strategic alliances and developed systems for sustained growth and success of athletes, coaches and sport organizations in Singapore. His most notable accomplishment has been he and his team along with the Singapore Swimming Association achieved the first ever Gold Medal in Olympic Competition at the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro (Joseph Schooling, 100fly – 50.39 – Olympic record). At the 2016 Paralympic Games, Team Singapore achieved two Gold and one Bronze. At the 2005 South East Asian Games Team Singapore SEA Games achieved 84 Gold, 73 Silver and 102 Bronze which placed Singapore 2nd place overall in the medal tally. Bob has been to 10 Olympic Games and has visited over 50 countries worldwide.

Prior to his assignment as Chief, Singapore Sports Institute, Gambardella worked at the United States Olympic Committee (2000-­2009) in the areas of High Performance and International Relations (Serves as CEO of USA Taekwondo while at the USOC). Bob served as the National Team Director and Director, Junior Athlete Development and High Performance Programs at USA Volleyball (1996-­2000). He spent 13 years as Head Volleyball Coach at the United States Military Academy-­ West Point where he complied a 326-­166 win-­loss record and an overall coaching record of 487-­202.

Areas of interest/expertise include high performance planning, strategic alliances, sport organization development, systems thinking, athlete pathway development, analytics and coaching/leadership development.

Gambardella earned two Masters’ Degrees in Sport Management: International Olympic Committee MEMOS Program (Executive Masters in Sports Organization Management), 2004. Project title: Analysis of Sport Organizations and the Development of World Class Athletes for Sustained Competitive Excellence; and at the University of Northern Colorado, Master of Arts in Physical Education/Sport Management, 1997.