Skip to Content - Skip to Navigation

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 in Sport Studies pursuing either Sport Management, Exercise Science, or Sport Studies tracks.

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!


  Dr. Hsiao
Richard Hsiao, MS, MBA, PhD

Staff Team 


Krista Matsko
, Facility Manager
Master’s Program:
Sport Studies
Hometown: Poconos, PA 
(Photo and more info coming soon!)


John Simpson IV , Assistant Manager
Major: Sport Administration
Hometown: Apple Valley, MN
Background: John earned his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from IUP in 2014. John completed an internship experience at the James G. Mill fitness facility and was also a staff member during the summer preceding his acceptance as an assistant manager at the facility. He also completed a professional internship at the Indiana County YMCA and Mack Park Pool. John’s interest in sport management and facility management comes from his love of sports and exercise. As the son of two parents in the military, he has realized that the best way to meet and connect with people is through sports. Through developing his own exercise regimen, he was able to lose 90 pounds while in high school, which led him to develop the desire to work at fitness facilities to help others to be able to achieve their own goals. He is a certified pool operator and hopes to someday become an aquatics director or manager of a fitness facility.

Interesting Fact: John went to high school in three states: San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California (Freshman), Langley High School in Langley, Virginia (Sophomore), and Eagan High School in Eagan, Minnesota (Junior and Senior).  

David Pitassi, Assistant Manager 
Master’s Program: Sports Management  
(Photo and more info coming soon!)


Ashley Ryder 
Major: Sport Administration 

(Photo and more info coming soon!)


Devon Murphy, Staff

Devon Murphy   
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Indiana, PA
Activitiesand Hobbies: Volleyball, football, woodworking

Interesting Fact: He got to meet, get an autograph, and shake the hand of one of his greatest idols—Jerome Bettis—and cried. 

Shane Pirl

Shane Pirl
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Uniontown, PA
Activitiesand Hobbies: Hanging out with friends and playing sports

Interesting Fact: He has played soccer for over 15 years.

Stephon Tyler

Stephon Tyler 
Major: Exercise Science 
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA (Germantown area) 
Activities and Hobbies: Lifting weights to stay in shape, playing football, watching TV and movies, eating good food, and anything fun and exciting

Interesting Fact: His right thumb is double jointed.

Instructors and Personal Trainers


Brittany Redmond
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: New Castle, PA
Background: Brittany has been teaching various group fitness classes for three years, including spinning, Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and High Intensity Interval training. Her training at IUP in exercise science has included exercise physiology, group exercise leadership, and studying how the body is structured and functions. She enjoys using a variety of equipment to keep her workouts interesting and fresh. Her strengths include body sculpting and toning, circuit training, and maintaining a high level of energy in her instruction by using music and having a highly motivating attitude.

Interesting Fact: Through group exercise, Brittany lost over 50 pounds before becoming a fitness instructor herself. 

Doug Forlano

Doug Forlano 
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Norristown, PA 
Background: Doug is a junior who has participated in many physical fitness competitions in the community. He has won three 5K’s and has placed in an additional 10 races. He recently won his first weight-lifting competition at a local fitness center. In high school, he participated in wrestling, soccer, and baseball. He is currently vice president of the IUP Wrestling Club and president of the Exercise Science Club. Doug is very enthusiastic about getting people to become active and involved in fitness. He considers himself to be a well-rounded and knowledgeable trainer, ready to motivate anyone, and willing to research fitness topics to fit his clients’ specific personal-training needs and goals. 

Interesting Fact: Doug has been a DJ for WIUP 90.1 FM and loves to dance.

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 email your packet to Dr. Hsiao at 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

Personal Trainer

  • Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Department
  • Zink Hall, Room 225
    1190 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2771
  • Fax: 724-357-3777
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.