Director, Staff Team, and Employment Information

  • Meet our team of professional and dedicated staff members who are all current students enrolled in academic programs of study at IUP. Please let us know how we can help in your quest for health and fitness.

    Each year in August, a new management team steps in to begin their professional journey in the fitness center. These individuals are also graduate students earning their master’s degrees from the Kinesiology, Health, and Sports Science Department. They are pursuing degrees with concentrations either in Sport Management, Exercise Science, or Sport Studies.

    In addition to a new management team each academic year, the fitness center is staffed with interns and student workers.

    Each semester, towards the end of August and January, you will see the new faces of undergraduate students pursuing Sport Administration degrees completing their internship experiences in the fitness center.

    There are also student workers with various backgrounds and interests who add to our staff in a variety of ways as fitness instructors, personal trainers, or fitness and membership attendants. Please welcome new faces, and don’t be afraid to ask questions as we get to know you!  

    Director

    Dr. Richard Hsiao
    Richard Hsiao, PhD, MBA, MS

    Professor
    Coordinator, MS in Sport Management and M.S. in Sport
    Studies
    Director, James G. Mill Center for Health and Fitness
    Department of Kinesiology, Health & Sport Science
    Zink Hall 115
    Tel: 724-357-0123

    Staff Team 

    Graduate Assistants

    GA_Kendra MengleKendra Mengle, Facility Manager

    Hometown: Reading, PA

    Master’s Program: Sports Studies 

    Background: Kendra completed her undergrad here at IUP and got her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in May of 2020. She will be getting  her master's degree in Sport Studies, and she hopes to be a coach or a part of a strength and conditioning facility one day. In her free time she enjoys being outside or hanging out with family and friends when possible. 

    Interesting Fact: A fun fact about her is that she has two German Shepherds and a bunny rabbit. 

    GA_Jack KocjancicJack Kocjancic: Facility Manager

    Hometown: Kane, PA

    Master’s Program: Sports Management

    Background: Jack attended IUP for his undergrad in Finance and decided to pursue a Master’s in Sports Management. With this there are several different things he would like to do whether that is financials/ analytics for a sports organization or work his way up to a general management position someday.  

    GA_Matt KovaloskiMatt Kovaloski: Assistant Facility Manager

    Hometown: Wexford, PA

    Master's Program: Sports Management

    Background: Matt did his undergrad at IUP, getting a bachelor's in Business Management with a minor in Economics. He hopes to go into a career in collegiate or professional athletics, hoping one day to work in the front office for an NFL franchise. 

    GA_Summer LeeSummer Lee: Assistant Facility Manager

    Hometown: Yilan, Taiwan

    Master's Program: Sports Studies

    Background: Summer is a Taiwanese graduate student in a dual degree program of IUP and University of Taipei. She has studied in Sport Science, Sport Studies track and MBA at IUP. Summer also got the certificate of Physical Therapist in Taiwan after completing her bachelor’s degree at College of Medicine, Chang Gung University. Future plan is to develop a better system of sports medicine and sport industry in Taiwan. 

    Staff_Elise CriderElise Crider: Staff

    Hometown: Chambersburg, PA

    Master's Program: Exercise Science

    Background: Elise earned her undergraduate degree at IUP and was fortunate enough to spend her internship at the Pittsburgh VA working with in-patient occupational therapy. The VA helped Elise find her niche working with veterans. She hopes to obtain a degree in occupational therapy after completing her Master here in Indiana. In her free time, Elise enjoys playing with her 1-year-old boxer puppy (Harper), lifting weights, painting, hitting the golf course, or watching sports. Her favorite food is her mom’s homemade hog maw; have you had hog maw before? She looks forward to getting to know each and every one of you personally!

    Interesting Fact: Elise was a competitive dancer growing up but still enjoys going country line dancing when she’s back home in Chambersburg.

    Staff_Aaron McCoullumAaron McCoullum: Staff

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

    Undergraduate Program: Sports Administration

    Background: Aaron played football team at IUP and he also ran track. He enjoys hanging out with friends, playing video games and working out.





    Staff_Andrew Beddia

    Andrew Beddia: Staff

    Hometown: Wellsville, PA

    Undergraduate Program: Sports Management

    Background: Andrew is a fifth-year sport management major aiming to graduate this semester (freshman in 2016). Sports have always been his passion; his biggest hobbies are football, lacrosse, and weight lifting. When he graduates he doesn’t know what he wants to do so, say something with sports, he guesses.

    Interesting Fact: Andrew has played lacrosse since 5th grade.


    Employment or Internships at the Fitness Center

    Are you interested in making some extra money while gaining valuable experience in the field of exercise and fitness? If you are dedicated, professional, and willing to put our members first, then we might be looking for you!

    Fitness and membership attendants are typically student workers and can be from any academic field. Between two and four student workers are needed yearly. Staff may be required to be available during winter and/or summer breaks. Typically between one and two personal trainers and group fitness instructors are needed yearly and must have junior or senior status in IUP’s Exercise Science program. Positions may or may not be available throughout the year.

    Applications will be accepted any time by downloading and completing an Employee Application Form, attaching your resume, and delivering your information to the fitness center or mailbox outside of Room 114. If workers are not currently needed and the applicant will be available during the following term, their application will be kept on file for consideration during the next term.

    Interns please complete an Intern Application Form, submit your resume, and deliver your information to the mailbox outside of Room 114 or e-mail your packet to Richard Hsiao at hsiao@iup.edu. Interns should apply no later than two months prior to the semester they wish to complete their internship during. Interns must have their internship approved by their internship adviser no later than one month prior to the conclusion of the semester that precedes the prospective internship period (i.e., an internship for fall must be approved no later than the end of March).

    Positions that may be available along with their descriptions and requirements include:

    Fitness and Membership Attendant

    Group Fitness Instructor