Created and run by a few of campus rec’s finest, this unique podcast began as a way to create a space where genuine conversations about recreation can be held. Mixing relevant topics with research-proven discussion, we cover a wide variety of subjects in the hopes that all NIRSA professionals who tune-in can walk away with ideas that may help you improve your own recreation departments.

Check out our first four episodes available on iTunes and at!

Listen to the Campus Rec Podcast

Current episodes

Episode 1: Back to School

Engaged student employees are the foundation of successful campus recreation programs. In this inaugural episode, Tommy and Jason discuss the fundamentals of staff training, how to develop better engagement at staff training, and the essential content you need to prepare and inspire your team to start off the academic year!

Episode 2: Esports

Electronic sports, known as esports, is a sweeping trend that is emerging on college campuses and throughout recreation programs. This episode explores the growing industry, how to capitalize on the trend to reach different student populations, and why esports programs might be a tough sell to some university administrations.

Episode 3: Student Employment and Leadership

Engaging and developing student employees starts from the very minute that a student fills out an application to be a part of your team. In this episode, we focus on how to create an experience for students throughout their employment with you, and the critical role that supervisors play in the success of student employees.

Episode 4: Sean Willett, Assistant Director of Intramural and Club Sports

In this episode, Jason sits down in Birmingham, AL at the Region II Conference with colleague Sean Willett, Assistant Director for Intramural and Club Sports at Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus. Sean speaks to his time in campus recreation, his state and regional involvement in NIRSA, the merging of his university with a different university, and his thoughts on the future of campus recreation.

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We would like to know what topics or trends are on your mind. To suggest a topic, get more information, or to contact us, visit our website at

  • If you’re interested in highlighting your campus or a NIRSA member’s achievements on your campus, pitch us your ideas.

Jason Hilton is currently the Assistant Director of Facilities & Aquatics at Morehead State University’s Recreation and Wellness. Tommy Willis is currently the Senior Assistant Director of Campus Recreation at Eastern Kentucky University. They are the founders and co-hosts of the Campus Rec Podcast; email them at