Eric R. | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

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Thanks for all your hard work the past three years, Eric! We're lucky to have you in the #recservfam!


Position: Intramural Official

Year/Major: Senior studying Business Analytics and Information Systems

Hometown: Wheeling, IL

How long have you worked for us?: This is my third year working as an Intramural Official.

What have you learned from working here?: Working as an official is a great way to learn interpersonal skills and communication skills. It also helps you learn to work in high pressure and fast-paced situations. It really teaches skills that you can apply to any field. I certainly will take what I have learned and use it in the business field once I graduate. 

Something interesting about yourself: My dad was also an intramural official at the University of Iowa when he went to school here.

What do you do in your spare time?: I play a lot of volleyball and also love watching movies.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as an official?: All of the officials are like a family. It may seem intimidating at first, but everyone here wants you to succeed and the program does a great job of training you and giving you the confidence you need both before your first shift and throughout the season. I learn something new almost every shift and have a great time working with the other officials.

Why did you decide to become an official?: I had done some umpiring and basketball officiating in high school. My dad also was an official so he suggested that it was a good college job.

Any plans for after graduation?: I have a job as a technology consultant that will start in June. Hopefully I can find a volleyball league to join and I may even try to ref some high school basketball in my spare time.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be?: I would definitely eat pasta every day if I could. There's so many different meals you can make with all the different noodles, sauces, cheeses and vegetables available that I could eat the same food a different way every day!

What Eric's supervisor says about him: Eric is an experienced intramural sports official who has demonstrated his dedication to learning the rules and understanding how to apply them to promote fairness with each game. - Mike Valentine, Intramural Sports coordinator


*Eric was nominated for Faces of RecServ in Spring 2016