About Us

  • Campus Recreation Facilities 

    About The Rec Center

    Strength and Conditioning Area – 12,000 sq. ft.

    More than 70 pieces of cardio equipment including treadmills, elliptical, various types of cycles, steppers and rowers  24 selections of weight-training pieces  Combination of 40 plate-loaded and free-weight stations


    Climbing Wall

    One of the tallest in the state of Ohio at 53 feet Program mix will include eight climbing routes and a 46 feet rappelling platform. One-third of the lower wall is designed for bouldering opportunities

    Wellness Resource Center

    Designed to promote healthy lifestyle choices through comprehensive programming in areas of fitness, nutrition, mental and spiritual health and personal safety  Programming and services will include testing and assessments, workshops, classes and clinics designed for individual and group participation A quiet space designed specifically to provide an area for students, faculty and staff to take time out of their hectic schedules to reflect, relax and contemplate

    Meditation Center

    Aerobics Studios – 3,200 sq. ft.

    Designed as a group fitness instructional area that accommodates classes taught by certified instructors  Capability to be divided in half to hold two different classes simultaneously

    Sports Forum – 18,500 sq. ft.

    Four multi-purpose courts, with the option of isolating each court  Ability to play basketball, volleyball, badminton and a host of other activities


    Other Recreation facilites on Campus  






  • Campus Recreation Policies 
  • Hours

    Fall 2022 Semester Hours: 


    We will resume normal Fall Semester on Monday August 29, 2022 

    Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center

    August 27, 2022, through December 16, 2022


    Monday - Thursday: 6:30 am - 10:30 pm

    Friday: 6:30 am - 9:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm

    Administrative Office

    Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

    Friday: 8:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    Climbing Wall

    Monday - Thursday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Friday: 10:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    Wellness Resource Center

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Wednesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Saturday and Sunday: Closed

    Adventure Rec Resource Center

    Monday and Friday: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday: Closed

    Holiday Hours

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm (Facility Only)

    Monday, September 5th, 2022: Labor Day

    Friday, Nobember 11th, 2022: Veteran's Day


    Thursday, November 24th, 2022 - Sunday, November 27th, 2022: Thanksgiving

    For more information: Please email Cameron Adams: caadams02@ysu.edu

    For more information: Please email Cameron Adams: caadams02@ysu.edu

  • Our Mission

    Our Vision to Better Serve You!

    We strive to engage all penguins through learning and leadership opportunities by providing dynamic and diverse recreational and wellness experiences.

    Our Mission to Our Community:

    The Department of Campus Recreation provides creative and innovative, instructed or self-led wellness, and recreational programming to meet the diverse needs of our students and the YSU community.


    Promoting a holistic approach to wellness, and developing healthier lifestyle choices that lead to personal and professional growth.

    Providing state of the art services and facilities.

    Integrating diverse learning, leadership opportunities and wellness perspectives with social, economic and global ideas from the Youngstown State community that compliments the academic mission of Youngstown State University.


    Student will be able to practice a holistic approach to wellness and developing healthier lifestyle choices that lead to personal and professional growth.

    Students will learn short and long term benefits of having facilities and equipment that are cutting-edge, universally designed, and well maintained.

    Through diverse learning, wellness perspectives, and leadership opportunities, students will demonstrate civic, social, and cultural awareness and direction for betterment of the University, city, region, and world.

    The Department of Campus Recreation provides a diverse and intentional programming to the YSU community with the goal of creating a recreational environment that is safe, inclusive, and accessible for users. Our commitment is to provide patrons of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, abilities, religions, sizes, and ages with educational wellness experiences. In doing so, we aim to build and support the physical, mental and social well-being of the Penguin community.

    Youngstown State University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination. The University provides housing accommodations for students without regard to race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin. The University has developed procedures to assist with concerns regarding discrimination. Assistance is available through the Affirmative Action Office and the Multicultural Student Services Office.

  • Campus Recreation Professional Staff Directory 


    Ryan McNicholas

    Director, Campus Recreation

    Ryan McNicholas

    (330) 941-2207


    Ryan is a proud YSU alumni, receiving his Bachelor degree in Exercise Science in 2005 and his Master in Health & Human Service in 2008 from YSU. 

    My favorite thing about YSU Campus Recreation is working with the student staff, seeing their development of skills, and telling my infamous Dad Jokes!


    Cameron Adams


    Assistant Director, Operations & Guest Services

    Cameron Adams

    (330) 941-3369


    I graduated from Slippery Rock University and Washington State University with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Sport Management, then before coming to YSU I worked at Washington State University as the Coordinator of Facility Operations for nearly 5 years. 

    What I like most about working at Campus Rec is the people, everyone is fun to be around and really enjoys what they do so that makes work so much easier to do!

    RJ Markowitz

    Coordinator, Adventure Recreation

    R.J. Markowitz

    (330) 941-1964


    I am an 2 time YSU Beeghly College of Education alumnus with a love for the outdoors.  I really enjoy watching and taking part in the long term development of the students who work and recreate within our department.


    Domonique Sak

    Coordinator, Competitive Sports & Summer Camps

    Domonique Sak

    (330) 941-2239


    Domonique hails from the hometown of Rochester, NY and earned MSEd in Physical Education and Athletic Administration from SUNY Brockport.

    My favorite part of YSU Campus Rec is our bold programming efforts in order to captivate and enhance the student experience




    Recreation Program Manager

    Marko Marinkovich

    (330) 941-1973


    Marko is a proud penguin, earning two degrees from Youngstown State University! He has worked in some capacity with Campus Recreation for nearly 40 years. He enjoys spending time with his daughters and enjoys going to Church! 

    His favorite thing about working at Campus Recreation is sharing an office with Dan! Felix & Oscar! 


    Amanda Reardon

    Membership & Marketing Coordinator

    Amanda Reardon

    (330) 941-2245


    Amanda is a proud YSU alumna with a BS in Business Administration and former YSU Track and Field athlete.   

    Her favorite part of working in the Campus Recreation is working with the student staff and watching them transform in productive members of society.

      Shirley Hodge in Gray shirt

      Business Operations Specialist 2

      Shirley Hodge 

      (330) 941-7291


     Shirley is a YSU alumnus.  She has worked in four different departments on campus and really enjoys working with the students.  Over her years at YSU, she has made many friends from   students, staff, faculty, and administration.  

    Dina Fabry

    Fitness & Wellness Coordinator

    Dina Fabry

    (330) 941- 3731


    Dina is a YSU alumnus who received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2014. She then received her Master’s degree in Health and Physical Activity in 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh.

    My favorite things about YSU Campus Recreation are the opportunities available for student development/goal achievement, watching students grow into professionals, and the fun and welcoming environment.



    Facility Operations
    Gabrielle Wagner 


    Kiah Powell

    Competive Sports & Summer Camps 

    Kiah Powell 



    Kiah is a first year graduate student studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She enjoys fitness through weight lifting and competitive sports as well as watching sports with her family. Kiah chose the department of Campus Recreation because of its commitment to student engagement and the fun work environment.

    Fitness & Wellness GA

    Blake Niefield



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