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Rec Services Staff

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 long time member of NIRSA (National Intramural Recreational Sports Association), serving the Association in a variety of capacities. His past NIRSA contributions include being a 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
Senior Associate Director of Recreation, Retired

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. Carmen currently works on Kids Rec Camp, an annual summer camp put on for kids ages 6-10. 

Lydia Hanson
Assistant Director of Recreation — Group Fitness
Lydia Hanson, 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 Assistant, 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 10th year with Recreational Services, Lydia will continue in the role of Assistant Director - Group Fitness and will provide guidance and support to the current team leaders. 
Logan Haak
 Logan Haak
 Assistant Director of Recreation — Learn to Swim 
 Logan Haak, a native from Yankton, South Dakota, and graduated with his bachelors in Sports and  Recreation Management from South Dakota State University in 2020. Logan recently completed his Masters in Sports and Recreation Administration from South Dakota State University, graduating in 2022. He has worked in settings varying from Division 1 college athletics, community recreation and aquatics, and campus education and recreation. Logan is excited to bring his knowledge from his academic career and previous experiences to enhance the Learn to Swim program with oversight to the recreational services desk staff.


Mark Christenson
Intramural Director



Contact info:

Intramural Office: 605.274.5002