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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: Clarks Summit, PA
Background: Krista earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology in 2014 from IUP. She was a member of both indoor and outdoor track and field teams. Krista is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Krista’s prior experience in the field includes being the facility supervisor at Birchwood Fitness and also a strength and conditioning intern at Evolution Sports Institute, where she worked with a variety of clients ranging from children to professional athletes. After earning her master's degree, Krista is looking to return to Evolution Sports Institute as a full-time strength and conditioning coach.
Interesting Fact: Krista participated in the 2014 NCAA DII Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in the 400 meter hurdles where she finished seventh and earned All-American status. She is also the 2014 PSAC 400m Hurdle Champion and PSAC Track Athlete of the Year.


David Pitassi, Assistant Manager 
Master’s Program: Sports Studies
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Background: Dave earned his bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University in 2012. After a year and a half of substitute teaching, he joined the South Hills Jewish Community Center as a Sports and Recreation Coordinator. Throughout both jobs, David gained excellent coaching experience as a pole coach at Chartiers Valley High School. As a lifelong hockey player, including four years of collegiate inline hockey for SRU’s club hockey team, he knows the value of having a competitive edge and wants to transfer that knowledge at athletes as a coach, mentor or professor at a collegiate level.
Interesting Fact: Ran a lap around the track of Stadio Olimpico, which held events from the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy.


Dale Boston, Assistant Manager
Master’s Program: Sport Studies
Hometown: Kissimmee, FL
Background: Dale earned his bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2009. He was a member of the 2007 and 2008 football team. After three and a half years as a teacher assistant, he joined Chamber’s Park Community Center for the city of Kissimmee as the Activities Coordinator. Dale gained excellent coaching experience as the freshman and junior varsity linebackers coach at Osceola High School, where he was a part of the 1998 State Championship team as a freshman. His dream is to become a collegiate football coach one day.
Interesting Fact: Dale won two World Powerlifting Championship titles as a junior for the National Drug Free Lifting Federation in 2003 and 2004. 


Ashley Ryder, Intern
Undergraduate Program: Sport Administration 
Hometown: Mercer, PA
Background: Ashley is a sophomore in Sports Administration, but intends to graduate next year. She is the secretary of the Sport Administration Club. She helped out a lot with the Muscle Team event last year that supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She has coached girls’ softball for three years and coached basketball for two.   Ashley plans to pursue a career in Sport Marketing or Accounting and coach on the side. Ashley would like to coach high school basketball whenever she settles down later in life.  She would like to live in Pittsburgh or move down south after graduation.
Interesting Fact: Ashley’s dream job would be to work for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Shane Pirl

Shane Pirl
Undergraduate Program: Exercise Science
Hometown: Uniontown, PA
Background: Shane is a senior in the Exercise Science program and intends to graduate in the spring. Shane would like to pursue a Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology and land a job at a hospital in cardiac rehabilitation.
Interesting Fact:
Shane visited Brazil this past summer.

Stephon Tyler

Stephon Tyler 
Undergraduate Program: Exercise Science 
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Background: Stephon is a senior, former accounting major, and a current exercise science major. He is aspiring to go into the physical therapy field or the health and fitness field.
Interesting Fact:
Stephon has had a full beard since the 11th grade.


Jessica Rose 
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Erie, PA
Background: Jessica is an exercise science undergraduate student. She is aspiring to become a strength and conditioning specialist. She also enjoys photography and would like to stay involved in it on the side.
Interesting Fact: When Jess was little she wanted to swim with the whales as her career.

Instructors and Personal Trainers

Daniel Vigus

Daniel Vigus
Major: Exercise Science and Political Science
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Background: Daniel is currently a junior double-majoring in both exercise science and political science. Last year, he was a member of the IUP Men’s Basketball Team. Over the past four summers, Daniel has worked as an Inclusion Companion for individuals with disabilities. He aspires to be a personal trainer or strength and conditioning coach. Daniel plans to sit for his Certified Personal Training Exam and also the Certified Inclusion Fitness Trainer Exam this upcoming winter. 

Interesting Fact: Daniel loves to ski and has a passion for the outdoors. 


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.