This Fall semester there have been many changes to the OU Rec Center, from the new Pioneer Cardio Room to a fresh set of faces in both our professional and student staff. One of those new faces is Erik Krievs, our facility coordinator.
As facility coordinator, Erik handles space rental requests for both internal and external organizations, overseeing the student staff at the Service Desk, and making sure the building is functioning to its full and intended potential.
After graduating from Schoolcraft High School, just south of Kalamazoo, Erik started his professional journey at Michigan State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology in the Fall of 2009. He then pursued a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration at Michigan State, during which he had an internship with the Athletic Department in event coordination. Upon graduation, he came to the OU Athletic Department as the assistant facility coordinator, and eventually made his way over to the Campus Rec side of the building as facility coordinator.
“I ultimately chose kinesiology because I like sports and human sciences really interests me,” he said.
During his college career Erik was involved with both the Athletics Department and Campus Recreation at MSU.
“I was president of the volleyball club sport team and I worked as an intramural supervisor for volleyball,” he said.
For any students looking to get into the field of athletics or campus recreation, Erik recommends, “Get involved early, look at graduate assistantship options, don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone, and love what you do.”
When he isn’t going through incident reports or organizing events, such as the recent Paul Ryan Victory Rally, he enjoys being outside, playing volleyball, watching sports and relaxing at his lake house.