Recreational Sports & Fitness Staff

Stephen J. Erickson

   

 

    Stephen J. Erickson, MA CRSS, RCRSP

    Director of Rec Sports & Fitness 

    Tel:  (406) 994-5000

    Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Department Head
  • Fiscal Management
  • Direct oversight of all department staff

Education:

  • Graduated from MSU - Bozeman; Physical Education/Recreation - 1982
  • Graduated from The University of Iowa; Master's of Arts in Recreation Education-Administration - 1984

Experience:

Steve's first job out of graduate school was at Emory University in Atlanta as Assistant Facilities Coordinator. A year later was promoted to Recreation Coordinator/Instructor and ran the Recreation/Intramural programs for 9 years. Steve then took a job at Dartmouth College as coordinating Intramurals, Clubs, Fitness Center as well as teaching in the Physical Education program. After 23 years away from MSU, Steve came back to the same gym where he started his career as an Intramural Sports official in 1977.

Certifications:

  • Certified Pool Operator
  • Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer
  • Red Cross CPR/AED Pro Instructor
  • Red Cross Life Guard Instructor

 

Wellness Philosophy: "To Begin, Begin". There is no shame in beginning where you are. The hardest step is to start. Just start and a world of opportunities and good health are waiting for you

Other Interests: Family, Basketball, Racquetball, Volleyball, Hiking, Skiing, Hunting, Camping, and Spartan Endurance Competitions.

 

Spencer

 

 

     Spencer Sorensen

    Associate Director of Rec Sports & Fitness 

    Facility Operations and Sport Programs

    Tel:  (406) 994-6313

    Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Hosaeus Fitness Center and Lambert Fields operations and maintenance
  • Oversees all front-end operations
  • Oversees Club Sports, Intramurals, and Bobcat Summer Youth Camp

Education:

  • Graduated from Idaho State University; Sports Management - 2008
  • Graduated from Oregon State University; Masters of Science in Sports Psychology - 2010

Experience:

Spencer was born and raised in Boise, ID and attended Idaho State University where his love of university recreation and officiating began. Spencer went on to do a Graduate Assistantship at Oregon State University where he helped run the IMs and Sports Clubs there in Corvallis. Spencer's first job out of graduate school was at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC as Assistant Director of Intramurals. A year later he moved to Portland, Oregon to be Intramural Sports and Special Events Coordinator at Portland State University. After 5 years in the beautiful city of Portland the Mountain Northwest called Spencer back. Spencer loves working with students and being around sports and recreation all day.

Certifications:

  • Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid&lt
  • Certified Pool Operator
  • NIRSA Member

Wellness Philosophy: Go play! No matter how or what you do, just play for the health of it.

Other Interests: 
Hanging with my wife and four kids, anything sports related (I'll watch or play anything), Boise State Football, camping and hiking, attending concerts, eating delicious food and loves playing disc golf.

Abbey Holm

Abbey Holm, CSCS

Assistant Director of Rec Sports & Fitnesss

ACT & Facility Operations

 

Tel:  (406) 994-6278
Fax: (406) 994-6564
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities:

  • Lead Coordinator of Activity Classes for Credit (ACT)
  • Oversee facility operations staff
  • Department annual reports + surveys

Education:

  • Master's Degree from Colorado State University in Health and Exercise Science, 2009
  • Bachelor's Degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Business Administration and a Spanish minor, 2005

Experience
Abbey has been working at Rec. Sports & Fitness since January 2010. She started as a personal trainer, then created the Instructional Program unit and is now in her current role as Assistant Director, adding Supervisor of Personal Fitness and ACT courses. Abbey loves working for the University and being able to collaborate with other campus departments - offering services/programs to all. In her free time, Abbey is very passionate about the outdoors, especially skiing!  She has also worked for many outdoor adventure camps; well adept in guiding and leadership. Abbey is very involved in the soccer community and still gets her kicks by playing in the Bozeman Adult Soccer League.

 Certifications:

  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2006
  • NIRSA Professional Member since 2011
  • Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Certified
  • USSF "E" Licensed Soccer Coach

 

Wellness Philosophy: "Movement is Life!"

Other Interests: 
Anything outdoors: especially skiing, backcountry skiing, hiking, and road/mountain biking. Abbey has played soccer all her life, including at the collegiate level. She currently plays in competitive soccer leagues.  

 

Ty Atwater

     Ty Atwater

Assistant Director of Rec Sports & Fitness

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Recreation Programs, Climbing Wall, & Safety Programs   

 

 

  

     Tel:  (406) 920-1060
     Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Management of the Outdoor Recreation Program 
  • Oversee the climbing wall in the HFC 
  • Oversee the Health & Safety program

Education:

  • Masters in Education
  • Bachelors in Zoology

Experience

Ty grew up in the pacific northwest spending as much of his time as possible outside on the river or exploring local climbing areas. After completing his undergraduate studies at Oregon State University where he worked as a student trip leader and member of the climbing gym staff, he left to pursue a career in fisheries and wildlife biology. Quickly realizing that his time spent mentoring and teaching others about various outdoor recreation activities was his true calling, he turned down further work as a fish biologist and moved into his Subaru Loyale wagon at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon. After spending time as a climbing guide, lift operator, wilderness medicine instructor, and exploring Patagonia he returned to Oregon State University where he worked in a variety of roles for the Adventure Leadership Institute. His time in Corvallis was spent refining his outdoor education, student and leadership development skills. He and his wife and their son are excited to join the outdoor recreation community in Bozeman and at MSU and are all looking forward to winters with snow on the ground and ice to climb. 

Other interests:

If Ty's not in the office you’re likely to find him exploring the local trails and crags with his family or out on a long run.

Sharon

Sharon Melniker

Business Manager for Rec Sports 

 

Tel:  (406) 994-6310
Fax: (406) 994-6564
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities:

  • Oversees HR and payroll transactions
  • Manages RSF financial transactions including invoicing, PO's, and BPA's

Education:

  • Graduated Bozeman Senior High School – 1970
  • One Year MSU – Billings (Commerce Major)
  • One Year MSU – Bozeman (Commerce Major)
  • Graduated from Vo-Tech ; Legal Secretary – 1973

Experience:
Sharon spent two years as a Women’s Racquetball Pro at Universal Sports & Courts as a sponsored pro by the Head Racquetball Association. Before coming to the RSF department she spent two years as Assistant Club Manager at Universal Sports & Courts and five years with the MSU Earth Science Department and three years with the College of Business. 

Certifications:

  • CPR/AED and First Aid
  • AFAA Group Fitness Instructor

Wellness Philosophy: What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Eat healthy, stay active and laugh a lot.

Other Interests: 
Raising and training quarter horses.
Attending as many colt starting, horsemanship and cow working clinics as possible. 
Spending time with hubby Pete, “super dog” Jake and many wonderful family and friends.

 

Jocelyn Larson

Jocelyn Larson

Coordinator for Personal Fitness Services & ACT

Tel:  (406) 994-6278
Fax: (406) 994-6564
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities:

  • Assistant Director of Activity Classes for Credit (ACT)
  • Supervisor of Personal Fitness Services and Fitness Staff


Education:

  • Master's Degree from University of New Hampshire-Education 2007
  • Bachelor's Degree from University of New Hampshire Human Development, Psychology minor, 2006

Experience
I started out at MSU Recreational Sports and Fitness as a Certified Personal Trainer in August 2011, assisting patrons to meet their fitness goals. I then had to opportunity to become more involved with activity classes for credit and personal fitness services in my current role as Assistant Director of Personal Fitness Services July 2012. This position enables me to teach students about fitness, incorporating two things that I love, education and fitness. Working at MSU challenges me every day and I encourage the next challenge to come my way!

Certifications:

  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • AFAA Group Fitness Instructor
  • Yoga Tune-Up Certified Instructor
  • Red Cross CPR/AED
  • Red Cross First Aid

Wellness Philosophy: "Physical fitness is a lifestyle"

Other Interests: 
I love incorporating the outdoors and fitness. I enjoy skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, fishing, day hikes, running, and any excuse to get my two black labs out!

Whitney

Whitney Hinshaw

Coordinator for Group Exercise & Marketing

Tel:  (406) 595-0297
Fax: (406) 994-6564
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities:

  • Manage Group Fitness program
  • Manage the marketing team

Education:

  • Master of Education (M.Ed) from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Educational Administration, 2014
  • Bachelor of Science from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Dietetics, 2011

Experience
Whitney was born and raised in Nebraska and grew up loving anything sports-related, especially soccer and softball. In order to stay active and to pursue goals similar to athletics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, fitness was the natural spin-off. She began training for half-marathons which led to involvement in other diverse fitness formats. Being a coach and a motivator, she worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor at UNL Campus Rec until she graduated. Whitney then discovered the world of NIRSA and collegiate recreation when she began a graduate assistantship at UNL teaching and administering recreational activity courses for credit. She has loved every day of her work in the collegiate recreation setting with her passions for wellness, student development, mentorship, motivation and leadership.

Certifications:

  • ACSM Health/Fitness Specialist
  • AFAA Primary Group Exercise Instructor
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NIRSA Member
  • Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor

Wellness Philosophy: Our successes and struggles are always the same; they just wear different clothes. Pursuing wellness behaviors allows us to cultivate transferrable heart skills, such as perseverance, endurance, tolerance for discomfort, confidence and so forth, that not only make us in better shape for fitness, but also in better shape for life.

Other Interests: 
Cooking, hiking, reading, quality time with family and friends, traveling, soccer, Husker football and Husker volleyball.

 

Dan

Dan Sandberg

Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation Programs

Tel:  (207) 240-5544
Email: [email protected]

Education:

  • Masters in Recreation Studies
  • Bachelors in Global Studies from Saint Michael's College

Experience:
Dan grew up in the great state of Maine, before moving to Vermont to pursue cross-country ski racing as a student at Saint Michael’s College.  During his first year Dan got involved with the college outdoor program, eventually leaving competitive skiing behind to focus on working as a trip leader.  After graduation, Dan decided to pursue outdoor recreation as a career.  He has worked as a guide and instructor throughout the Northeast U.S., Colorado and Utah, as well as internationally in Bolivia.  Dan began his role at Montana State University in July, 2017 and is thrilled to be in Bozeman and to join the team at the Outdoor Recreation Programs (ORP). 

Other interests:

Right now his obsessions are backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and whitewater travel of any sort, but climbing has always been a passion, and he is excited to take advantage of all the great local climbing options Bozeman has to offer. After work, you’re most likely to find him exploring the local crags, trails, and rivers, or at a local coffee shop.

Allie Bogard

Allie Bogard

Coordinator for Intramurals & Club Sports 

Tel:  (406) 994-3020
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities:

  • Club Sports
  • Intramurals

Education:

  • Master's Degree from Western Kentucky University, Recreation & Sport Administration with Concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education, 2016
  • Bachelor's Degree from Western Kentucky University, Sport Management, Recreation Administration, 2014

Experience
Allie was born and raised in small town Kentucky and attended Western Kentucky University where they began officiating intramurals as a freshman. After working as an official and Intramural Supervisor, Allie began working in other roles in University Recreation within facilities, fitness, and business administration. In their spare time, they participated in multiple club sports; Women's Rugby, Women's Ultimate, and Women's Soccer. Allie was introduced to NIRSA in 2012, where they found their passion met their purpose. In 2013, they went on to play an integral role in helping establish an internship program with their mentor at the University of Oregon in their PE & Recreation Department, which is continuing to serve undergraduate students in pursuing a career in University Recreation.
Allie's first job out of graduate school called them back to the Pacific Northwest to Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR where they served as the Recreation Coordinator. Allie’s professional career began outside the traditional pipeline at SOU where they reported directly to Student Life. While there, they assisted in the opening of a student recreation center where previously no department or facility existed. While their primary oversight was with intramural and club sports, Allie had the unique opportunity to play a fundamental role in opening their brand-new Student Recreation Center (April 2018) and advising the Student Recreation Center Advisory Committee and Student Government. For 10+ years as a student, professional, and instructor, Allie has had experience in facilities, intramural sports, club sports, aquatics, fitness, and has been involved in four recreation facility construction projects at three different institutions. They have been serving as the Coordinator of Intramural & Club Sports at Montana State University since 2018. In addition, Allie has served on various campus wide committees; including Violence Prevention and Response Advocates, Student Government advisor, Student Recreation Center Advisory Committee co-advisor, and currently serves as a SafeZone instructor. Allie considers themself a student affairs professional working within University Recreation; as her passions lie heavily in student development, EDI, and mentoring.

 

Allie lives in Bozeman, MT with their partner Em and their beautiful dog, Molly. They live and breathe Green Bay Packers football, bow ties, and Kentucky bourbon; and enjoy spending their time writing, reading, traveling, cooking, and staying active.

Certifications:

  • Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional
  • Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor
  • NIRSA Member

 

Wellness Philosophy: When balance is met, we are able to thrive and experience the good life, rather than simply exist. The purpose of wellness is to experience true, sustaining happiness and joy!

Other Interests: 
All Sports (diehard Green Bay Packers fan), traveling, lifelong learning, hiking with my beautiful dog Molly, reading, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Sam

Sam Garcia

Coordinator for Business Operations, Events, & Scheduling

Director of Bobcat Summer Youth Camp

Tel:  (406) 579-1067
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities:

  • Fiscal management for the Hosaeus Fitness Center and Turf Field 
  • Oversee membership & locker services 
  • Facility Scheduling + Events
  • Bobcat Summer Youth Camp

Education:

  • Pursuing Masters of Public Administration + Masters of Public Health from the University of Montana
  • Masters of Higher Education, Student Affairs option from Montana State University
  • Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with a Concentration in Early Childhood from Montana State University

Experience:
Sam has been with the Rec. Sports & Fitness department since 2013. She began as a lifeguard, progressed towards a supervisor position, and eventually went on to become the first Graduate Assistant for the department. Sam has always been passionate about teaching in any capacity and working with students of all ages. She is very committed to her roles here at RSF and the programming it provides to the campus community.

Certifications:

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor
  • Certified Pool Operator
  • Licensed K-8 Teacher with the State of Montana
  • Class B CDL 

Other Interests: 
Sam enjoys biking, attending home Bobcat football games, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Lilly Ellegood

 

      Lilly Ellegood

     Graduate Assistant for Facility Operations

     Tel:  (406) 994-5000
     Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee HFC building supervisors and operations assistants

Education:

  • Pursuing a Master’s in Higher Education - Public Administration from Montana State University
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences, International Affairs with a concentration in Public Administration from Florida State University

Experience:

Lilly comes to Montana State as the GA for Facilities Operations from Tallahassee, FL after growing up in Cocoa Beach, FL. She received her International Affairs degree with a concentration in Public Administration from Florida State University in 2020, and looks to incorporate that knowledge into her role at Rec. Sports. Lilly worked with FSU Campus Recreation as a Lifeguard and was promoted to Student Director of Aquatics and eventually a Facilities Supervisor. She was trained as a lifeguard instructor during this time and has taught various Health and Safety courses over the years. Lilly found her passion for recreation with her first job as a lifeguard, and has been a part of the community ever since. 

Certifications:

  • American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid 
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard (indoor pool and waterfront)
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor
  • Boater’s License

Wellness Philosophy: Find what works for you! Wellness means different things for different people. Try different ways of staying active to keep things exciting!

Other Interests: 

I like to be outside! I am into hiking, camping, skiing, and swimming. When I am home I like to cook, tend to my houseplants, and listen to music. I will go to see live music any chance I can get!