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 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.
Carmen Hecht (a native of New Brighton, MN) has been at Augustana College for the last 26 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 Recreation Coordinator where she continues today. From 2003-2007 she was the State Director for the National Intramural and Recreation Sports Association.
Learn to Swim Coordinator
Rachel Amble, a Sioux Falls native, graduated from Augustana College in 2007 with a Business Administration major and emphasis in management. She has worked with the recreational services department for eight years. The first four years was spent as a student staff member working at the front office. Since graduation, Rachel has worked in the department as the Intramural Coordinator, and began running the Learn to Swim Program in Summer of 2010. Her passion for people shines while working with the department's more than 100 student staff members. When not in her office, Rachel enjoys making DVD’s for her family and friends, watching the Denver Broncos, and reading a good book.