Rec Services Staff
The Augustana Recreational Services staff looks forward to assisting you. Contact them through email at the below addresses — or call 605.274.4637.
Director of Recreational Services
Mark Hecht has been Director of Recreational Services since 1988. Prior to his current position at Augustana University, he previously worked as a teacher/coach at Aurora High School in Aurora, Nebraska, for four years. He graduated with an M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota in 1992 and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Augustana University in 1984. Mark has been a member of NIRSA (National Intramural Recreational Sports Association) for 26 years, serving the Association in a variety of capacities. His past NIRSA contributions include being member of various committees including Professional Ethics, Nominations and Elections, and NIRSA Blue Ribbon committee; Presenter at NIRSA Region V Conferences and Minnesota State Conferences; and South Dakota/North Dakota NIRSA State Director and winner of the 2009 Regional Award of Merit.
Carmen Hecht (a native of New Brighton, MN) has been at Augustana University for the last 32 years. She earned her bachelor's degree from Augustana University in 1987 in Health, Physical Education and Recreation with a coaching endorsement. She then went on to finish her Masters degree in Secondary Education in 1991. While a student at Augustana she played on the Varsity Volleyball team where she was Captain, All-Conference (3 yrs), NCC Player of the week and made several all -tournament teams. She is part of the 1,000 Kill club and is 2nd all time in career service aces. In 1988 she went on to become the Head Volleyball Coach for two years (record 43-42). In 1990 she joined the Recreational Services Department as a Assistant Director where she continues today. From 2003-2007 she was the State Director for the National Intramural and Recreation Sports Association. Carmen has been a member of NIRSA (National Intramural Recreational Sports Association) for 17 years.
Assistant Director — Intramurals
Chad Barman (a native of Sun Prairie, WI) is currently in his sixth year as head of the intramural program, third as Assistant Director of Recreation — Intramurals. Chad earned his Bachelor of Arts from Augustana University in Sport Management in 2012. He has been a member of NIRSA (National Intramural Recreational Sports Association) for since 2009 and served as the South Dakota Student State Representative for the 2013-2014 school year. Chad has been part of the Augustana Recreational Services Staff first as a student then professional since September of 2009. Away from Augustana, Chad is the Sioux Falls Washington head varsity baseball coach and Sioux Falls East Jr. Legion head baseball coach.
Assistant Director - Aquatics and Outdoor Program
Shauna Maurer, a native of Cushing, MN, works as the current Outdoor Program and Aquatics Director. Shauna joins the Augustana community with a strong background in outdoor pursuits, having graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2015 with dual degrees in Biology as well as Environmental and Outdoor Education/Recreation. While at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), she held the position of Volunteer Coordinator for UMD’S well-know Outdoor Program. In May of 2015, Shauna completed an internship through UMD’S Recreational Services Outdoor Program (RSOP), where she learned valuable skills relating to all areas of campus recreation programming including helping to develop a new Emergency Action Plan for their campus recreation center. She is currently in her first year serving as a Learn to Swim Coordinator. Shauna is a recent member of NIRSA (National Intramural Recreational Sports Association) as well as the PCIA (Professional Climbing Wall Instructors Association) and WMA (Wilderness Medical Associates) where she holds a CWI (Climbing Wall Instructor) certification as well as a WFR (Wilderness First Responder) certification. Shauna is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Sports Administration and Leadership through Augustana.
Graduate Assistant — Recreational Services
Kiefer Lunn, a native of Pipestone, MN, is currently in his 4th year with Recreational Services. This is his second year as the Augustana Recreational Services Graduate Assistant. Kiefer graduated in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport Management from Augustana University and currently is pursuing his Master of Arts in Sports Administration and Leadership. While at Augustana, he had an internship with the Augustana University Athletic Department and also a Team Leader for Augie Rec Services. Outside of Augustana he has had internships with the Sioux Falls Canaries and the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League,
an organization that has won back to back USHL Organization of the Year Awards. He has beenthe Head Umpire for Little League Baseball in Pipestone, as well as the volunteer assistant coach for the Pipestone VFW baseball team. Currently he is in his second year of being the Sioux Falls East Jr. Legion Assistant Baseball Coach.