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 A. Hecht has been Director of Recreational Services since 1988. Prior to his current position at Augustana College, 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 College in 1984. Mark has been a member of NIRSA (National Intramural Recreational Sports Association) for 21 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
Assistant Director

Carmen Hecht (a native of New Brighton, MN) has been at Augustana College for the last 30 years. She earned her bachelor's degree from Augustana College 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 16 years.

Sherry Olson
Assistant Director - Aquatics

Sherry Olson is the Assistant Director of Recreational - Aquatics. Originally from Freeman, SD, she graduated from Augustana College in 2001 with a double major in Biology and Secondary Education, as well as endorsements in Middle School teaching, and Volleyball and Track and Field coaching. Sherry was also a member of the Augustana Track and Field team as a long jumper. In 2007 she earned her Masters of Education in Administration, Leadership emphasis, from the University of Sioux Falls. She taught middle and high school science and coached for nine years before joining the Rec Services Staff.  Sherry’s swim background includes lifeguarding since the age of 15 and being WSI certified from the age of 17. Since then she has lifeguarded, taught lessons, and managed several pools in South Dakota and Nebraska. She has worked as a part of the Augustana LTS program since she was a student here, and has had continued involvement in many aspects of the program until her current position of program Director. 

Chad Barman
Assistant Director - Intramurals
Recreational Services Graduate Assistant

Chad Barman (a native of Sun Prairie, WI) is currently in his fourth year as head of the intramural program, first as Assistant Director of Recreation - Intramurals. Chad earned his Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College in Sport Management in 2012 and is currently pursuing his Masters of Arts in Sports Administration and Leadership. 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 head coach of Sioux Falls East JR. Legion baseball team and holds umpire certification in both South Dakota and Wisconsin.