112M Recreation Center
John joined Campus Recreation in 2011. Prior to coming to UMass, John served as the Associate Director of Campus Recreation for Facilities and Operations at Florida State University. He also held adjunct faculty positions in the Recreation & Leisure Services and the American & Florida Studies departments where he taught Facilities Planning and Maintenance and the First-Year Experience. While at FSU, John served on the executive board of the Tallahassee Sports Council. John has also held positions at Penn State and Syracuse University. John earned an M.S. in Physical Education from Syracuse University, a B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Delaware and a B.S. in History from Wilkes-Barre College in PA. John is a Certified Recreational Sports Specialist (CRSS) through the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).
Campus Recreation Directors
John Blihar 2011-present
Dr. Zulma C. Garcia 1998-2010
Franklin C. Wright 1982-1997
Ted A. Schmitt 1967-1982
Chester S. Gladchuk 1964-1967
Justin L. Cobb 1958-1964
Noel Reebenacker 1957-1958
Hank Woronicz 1954-1957
Mel Massucco 1953-1954
Sidney Kaufman 1947-1953
Fran Riel 1946-1947
Facilities and Operations
Senior Associate Director for Facilities and Operations
112K Reacreation Center
Jeanne earned her B.S. in English Education in 1981 and M.S. in Student Personnel Administration in 1982 from SUNY College at Buffalo. Jeanne is a 1991 inductee of Buffalo State's Athletic Hall of Fame. Jeanne received her M.S. in Sport Management from UMass Amherst in 1991 and worked as a graduate assistant for Campus Recreation while earning her Master's degree. A former high school English teacher, coach and native of Buffalo and Western New York, Jeanne has been on staff since 1994. Jeanne is a former softball umpire and basketball official, having served as Hampshire/Franklin County Board 28's first female president & vice-president of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (I.A.A.B.O.). Jeanne is a first aid/CPR/AED instructor through the American Red Cross.
Building and Facility Operations Manager
112L Recreation Center
Roger joined UMass Campus Recreation in 2009. Roger's previous campus recreation experience includes Iowa State University as a facility supervisor, Ole Miss as a graduate assistant, Middle Tennessee State University as a facility coordinator and interim intramural & sport club director, and University of Kansas as assistant director for facilities & membership services. In addition to his experience at the various universities, Roger served a nine-month internship with the NIRSA Foundation from November 1995 to July 1996. A lifetime member of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), he served as Tennessee state director from March 2002-April 2004 and on the NIRSA Facility Management Committee from 2005-2007.
Roger is a Certified Recreational Sports Specialist (CRSS) through NIRSA and certified basketball official in Hampshire/Franklin counties through the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (I.A.A.B.O.). Roger earned a B.B.A in Finance at Iowa State University and a Master of Arts in Leisure Management from the University of Mississippi. In his spare time, Roger enjoys officiating basketball and watching college basketball, college football, NFL, NBA, Seinfeld re-runs, and movies (comedies). He also enjoys playing basketball, racquetball, air hockey, billiards, table tennis, tetris, and working out. Other interests include listening to hard rock music, amusement parks and collecting sports and music memorabilia. His favorite teams include Nebraska & Ole Miss football, Iowa State, Memphis & Ole Miss basketball, Boston Celtics, San Diego Chargers, and Kansas City Royals.
Building and Facility Operations Assistant Manager
112B Recreation Center
A native of Pensacola, Florida, Ben joined Campus Recreation in 2013. Ben has an M.S. and B.S. in Sport Management from Western Illinois University and Florida State University, respectively. Ben's duties at WIU in facility operations included hiring, training and supervising student staff, managing indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, assisting with facility reservations and special events, and chairing Campus Recreation's emergency response team. An Illinois Intramural-Recreational Sports Association scholarship recipient, Ben's graduate work at WIU also included an internship with sport clubs and duties with intramural sports. At FSU, Ben was an intramural supervisor. Ben has an Associate in Science degree from Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, Alabama, where he also received a baseball scholarship. Ben is a first aid/CPR/AED instructor through the American Red Cross.
107A Recreation Center
Larry graduated from Chicopee Comprehensive High School in Chicopee, MA in welding and metal fabrication. At UMass, Larry worked for Parking Services prior to coming to Campus Recreation in 2009. Larry's hobbies include restoring cars, woodworking and home maintenance.
107A Reacreation Center
Shawn graduated from Smith Vocational High School in metal fabrication and came to UMass in 2001. Shawn worked with Landscape Services and Custodial Services before coming to Campus Recreation in 2009. Shawn enjoys golf and exercising.
112C Recreation Center
Jill is a UMass Amherst graduate with a B.A. with honors in Women's Studies with a concentration in community health. Prior to joining Campus Recreation in 2009, Jill was a manager, aerobics director and personal trainer at Ultimate Fitness in Hadley, MA and sales account executive at HRD Press, Inc. in Amherst, MA. Jill has competed in fitness and bodybuilding competitions. Jill holds several certifications including Spinning® and yoga.
Associate Director for Programs and Student Development
112H Recreation Center
Jason received an M.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences in 2005 from the University of Florida. At Florida, Jason was a graduate assistant in the Department of Recreational Sports and worked as a high school basketball and football official as a member of the Mid-Florida Officials Association. A UMass alum, Jason received his B.A. in Philosophy and worked in the Campus Recreation program as a sports supervisor and official. Prior to returning to his alma mater in 2006, Jason was the Coordinator of Intramural Sports at Missouri State University. Jason is a former Massachusetts high school basketball official and member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials.
112J Recreation Center
Josh joined Campus Recreation in 2013 from the University of North Texas where he was the Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs. Josh did his graduate assistant work at UNT in intramural sports and earned a Master of Science degree in Recreation & Leisure Studies in 2011. An Ohio native, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from The Ohio State University in 2008. Josh is a certified basketball and baseball official and first aid/CPR/AED instructor through the American Red Cross.
Marketing and Member Services
112D Recreation Center
Patty is a UMass alum with a B.S. in Physical Education & former UMass varsity field hockey coach. Patty was a member of the United States Olympic team, US Pan American team & US National Field Hockey team. Prior to joining Campus Recreation in 2009, Patty worked at Penn Monto, Inc. in Hadley, MA in customer relations, administrative operations, catalog production, marketing and website design. Patty maintains involvement with White Mountain Enterprises, Inc., where she assists in administrative components, including online services management & event marketing and programming. Patty was elected to the University of Massachusetts Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.
Assistant Business and Personnel Manager
110 Reacreation Center
Lori joined Campus Recreation in 2014. Lori has worked at UMass in several departments since 1984, including Undergraduate Admissions and Residential Services. Lori received her associate's degree in Accounting at the University of Phoenix in 2007. Lori enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as traveling and riding motorcycles.
112 Recreation Center
Dave has worked at UMass as an office manager in several departments since 1986. Dave joined Campus Recreation in 1999. He received a B.A. in Economics at UMass in 1982 and a Master's degree in Public Administration from UMass in 1997. A United States soccer historian, Dave is the author of "An Overview of American Soccer History" and a contributing author of the book THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN SOCCER HISTORY. An inveterate "trailblazer," Dave enjoys clearing and marking hiking trails in Western Massachusetts.