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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 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!


  Dr. Hsiao
Richard Hsiao, MS, MBA, PhD

Staff Team 

Graduate Assistants

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. 

Interns and Staff

Ashley Evans, Intern

Major: Sports Administration, minoring in business administration
Hometown: Cranberry Township, PA
Background: Ashley is a senior, graduating in May 2015. She has participated in competitive gymnastics and cheerleading since she was four years old and up until coming to college.
Interesting Fact: Ashley's stepsister has the same first and middle name as her.

Nick Oberholtzer
Nick Oberholtzer, Intern

Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Background:  Nick will be graduating in May 2015 from our exercise science program. He played volleyball in high school and is a fitness enthusiast. He loves to run, bike, hike, and weight train. In May, he will also be graduating as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Services Corps.
Interesting Fact: Nick has visited both Romania and South Korea while in college.

Ryan Taylor
Ryan Taylor, Intern

Major: Sports Administration
Hometown: Chambersburg, PA
Background: Ryan intends to graduate this Spring wit a degree in sports administration. He would like to land a job with a professional sports team after graduation.
Interesting Fact: Ryan's dream job is to work for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Eric Canfield
Eric Canfield, Intern
Major: Sports Administration
Hometown: Bellwood, PA
Background: Eric is a senior in the Sports Administration program and intends to graduate in May 2015. He previously coached a U-10 soccer team for the YMCA. Eric is planning on joining the Navy after college and may eventually pursue a master's degree.
Interesting Fact: Eric was in the movie South Paw (coming out in 2016) with Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, and 50 Cent.

Christina Roberson, Staff

Undergraduate Program: Exercise Science
Hometown: Penn Hills, PA
Interesting Fact:

Ashley Ryder, Staff
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, Staff
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, Staff 

Undergraduate Program: Exercise Science 
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Background: Stephon, formally an accounting major, is now a current exercise science major. He will be graduating in May 2015 and 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 eleventh grade. 

Instructors and Personal Trainers

Daniel Vigus
Daniel Vigus, Personal Trainer

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, Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor
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. 

Amy Fiorentini
Amy Fiorentini, Insanity Instructor

Undergraduate Program: Exercise Science and Sport Science
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Background: Amy has worked previously as a radiologic technologist for three years in Pittsburgh. She decided to attend IUP for her bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sport Science to pursue her passion for fitness. She then plans to on to graduate school for physical therapy. Amy attended Chartiers Valley High School and was a part of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams. After one year of attending Insanity Live group exercise classes, Amy took her love for the class to the next step and became a certified instructor in September 2014.
Interesting Fact:
Amy's life goal is to run a race in every state.

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 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.