Nettie Puglisi Freshour joined West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics in August 2014 as the sports nutritionist, working with all Mountaineer student-athletes. Freshour earned her bachelor’s (2003) and master’s of science (2005) degrees in Human Nutrition and Foods at WVU.
In addition to serving as the sports dietitian for the athletic department, Freshour works as an adjunct professor for the Human Nutrition and Foods Department teaching an introduction to nutrition course, as well as a Sports nutrition course that she developed.
Before becoming a full time member of the WVU athletic staff, Freshour served as the department’s nutrition consultant for over eight years. During that time she was also the Program Director for WVU’s Dining Services. In her role there, Freshour earned two national awards for the Healthy “U” program, which encouraged a healthy lifestyle for freshmen students. Freshour was a member of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) Mid-Atlantic Regional counsel, serving as the Nutrition Chair for six years, as well as being apart of the National counsel.
She is a registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) - the first and only in the state of West Virginia. Freshour is also a member of the College and Professional Sports Dietetic Association (CPSDA), Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists (SCAN), USOC Sports Dietitian Registry (United States Olympic Committee) and the West Virginia State Dietetic Association.
Freshour, a Wheeling, W.Va native, resides in Morgantown with her husband Gary, daughter Ryleigh and son Brayden.