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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Todd Pfingsten, Director of Campus Recreation

Todd Pfingsten


This is Todd's eighteenth year at MSU as the Director of Campus Recreation, overseeing staff, facilities, programs and services in intramural sports, open recreation, fitness activities, sport clubs, and adventure education. Prior to his current position he spent six years as the Assistant Director for Intramural Sports at the University of Nebraska and 3 1/2 years as the acting Director of Intramural-Recreational Sports (now Campus Recreation) at Minnesota State University Mankato. He received bachelor's degrees in Accounting and Business Finance in 1989 and a master's degree in Physical Education/Sport Administration in 1993, all from MSU. In his spare time, Todd enjoys spending time with his wife and three children along with playing golf, officiating basketball, and coaching his kids.


Ryan Stevens, Program Coordinator

Ryan Stevens


This is Ryan's seventeenth year at MSU as a Program Coordinator for the Office of Campus Recreation. Ryan coordinates the Intramural Sports and Sport Club programs as well as the administration of Student Personnel and Open Recreation. He received his bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1998 and his master's degree in Health Promotion from Virginia Tech in 1999. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys raising his twin sons, playing golf, cooking/grilling, and spending time with family & friends.




Carly Hopper, Program Coordinator


Carly Hopper

Carly Hopper has been involved in fitness and wellness for more than 20 years. She is the Program Coordinator of Fitness, Wellness, and Special Programs at Minnesota State University, Mankato and has been in this position since October 2012.  She has her master’s degree in community health (her thesis was about Hatha Yoga), is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and an adjunct instructor at both Minnesota State Mankato and South Central College, where she teaches courses in the Health and Human Performance departments. Carly is certified as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor who has previously presented for the National Exercise Trainers Association. She is a senior yoga teacher and one of the teacher training faculty at Sun Moon Yoga in Mankato, Minn., and is recognized as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (200 E-RYT). When she is not teaching yoga, running or planning fitness activities, Carly encourages her two children in their own pursuits. She and her family live in North Mankato, Minn.



Sam Steiger, Program Coordinator

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This is Sam's seventh year at MSU, and his third year as a Program Coordinator for the Office of Campus Recreation.  Sam coordinates the Adventure Education Program (AEP), which provides teambuilding and leadership development for the university and surrounding community.  The AEP operates the High Ropes and Challenge Course located on the south side of campus as well as the outdoor climbing wall and the indoor climbing wall in Myers Field House.  Sam received his bachelor's degree from the University Wisconsin- Stevens Point in 2001 and his master's degree in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2006.  In his spare time he enjoys photography, travel, the outdoors, time with his dog 'Ryno' and is an avid Chicago Cubs fan.



Ben Nelson, Program Coordinator

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This is Ben's second year as a Program Coordinator for the Office of Campus Recreation, overseeing marketing and facility scheduling for the office. Prior to his current position Ben spent five years as an Athletic Equipment Manager and Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Human Performance at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Ben received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Sport Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2008 and 2012. In his free time Ben enjoys attending Maverick sporting events, Mankato MoonDogs baseball games, and spending time outdoors.



Brady Stevens, Intramural Sports Intern

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Brady is in his 4th year at MSU - Mankato and will graduate in the Fall of 2016 with Bachelor's degree in Sports Management and a minor in Marketing. Starting in the Spring, he will then pursue his master of arts in the Sports Management program. This will be Brady's first year as the graduate assistant with Campus Rec/Intramural Sports. Brady will hire and train intramural officials and works with various Intramural Sports on a day-to-day basis. Brady graduated from Hayfield High School in Hayfield, MN (2013) where he participated in football, basketball, golf and baseball. He enjoys going to the lake, golfing and fishing in his spare time. Brady is a Minnesota State High School League Official for football and basketball.