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.

Mark HechtMark Hecht
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 27 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 HechtCarmen Hecht
Assistant Director

Carmen Hecht (a native of New Brighton, MN) has been at Augustana University for the last 33 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 20 years.


Keifer LunnKiefer Lunn
Assistant Director — Intramurals

Kiefer Lunn, a native of Pipestone, MN, is currently in his 5th year with Recreational Services. This will be his first year as the Assistant Director of Intramurals. Kiefer graduated in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport Management from Augustana University and also graduated in May of 2017 from Augustana with 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, and also a Graduate Assistant 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 been the 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 third year of being the Sioux Falls East Jr. Legion Assistant Baseball Coach.
Lydia Lindberg
Assisstant Director — Team Leader Manager
Lydia Lindberg, a native of Andover, MN, graduated from Augustana University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Biology. Lydia worked with Recreational Services all 4 years that she attended Augustana. During those 4 years, she worked in a variety of roles including Office Staff member, Weight Room Supervisor, Water Assisstant, Swim Lesson Instructor, New Staff Recruiter, and Team Leader. As a team leader, Lydia led a group of students through training, team bonding and service activities, and the planning and executing of Late Night events for Augustana students to enjoy on Saturday nights. Now, in her 5th year with Recreational Services, she will step into the role of Assisstant Director - Team Leader Manager and will provide guidance and support to the current team leaders. Lydia is excited to continue in this new role at her alma mater!