For Dan Bettmann, sports have always been a big part of his life, so it’s no wonder that he is the Intramural and Club Sports Coordinator at OU’s Campus Rec. He is in charge of managing all 21 of our club sports teams and 31 intramural tournaments. He reviews and records results from intramural games, schedules teams, and makes brackets. He is also responsible for training the intramural officials and supervisors. Dan is a mentor for student leaders in club sports and intramurals. His door is always open for students to ask any questions about intramurals or how to start a club sport.
Dan grew up in the city of Aberdeen, South Dakota. After graduating from Aberdeen Central High school, he attended the University of Nebraska majoring in business management. During his time at Nebraska, he was an intramural official and supervisor, an intern for the Lincoln Saltdogs in Nebraska, and coached baseball for kids ages nine through twelve years old.
Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska, Dan worked for the Montgomery Biscuits, a minor league baseball team in Alabama, as a box office intern. After working for the Biscuits for a while Dan was ready to try another side of the sports business.
“I realized I didn’t want to be in the professional side of sports; I wanted to be in the active side where people are participating,” he says.
This prompted Dan to pursue a graduate assistantship at Indiana State University working in intramurals. He got his Master’s degree in sports and recreation. Working at OU has been his first job after graduate school and Dan has been with us for five and one-half years!
If you’re obsessed with sports and have a passion for intramurals, perhaps campus recreation is the field for you. Dan recommends getting involved with campus rec early, taking advantage of opportunities outside of campus, meeting new people, and job shadowing.
Although Dan loves playing sports, watching sports, and organizing sports, he also enjoys reading non-fiction books and traveling around the Midwest to visit friends and family.