Recreation & Wellness
Club Sports is a program area within the department of Recreation & Wellness, which is part of the Division of Student Affairs at GVSU. Our offices are located in the Recreation Center on the Allendale campus. Make your time at Grand Valley healthy, fun, and memorable by taking advantage of a wide variety of recreational, wellness, competitive, and educational resources that support your physical and mental well-being.
To empower and support students to pursue their overall well-being by providing impactful experiences to build community, develop life skills, discover passions, and have fun.
The GVSU community will be involved, active, and well.
WELL-BEING | We promote health, support personal development and advance a culture of well-being
INNOVATION | We welcome new ideas and embrace changes to enhance the student experience
IMPACTFUL EXPERIENCES | We create intentional, meaningful experiences that lead to lifelong learning. Everything we do has a purpose.
COMMUNITY | We provide enjoyable and safe experiences that encourage connection and belonging.
INCLUSION | We are committed to creating experiences that are accessible, adaptive and welcoming for everyone. We will celebrate and respect the diversity of every person.
During the academic year, the Recreation & Wellness office is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday on days when classes are in session. For hours when classes are not in session, including the summer, please call the Recreation & Wellness office at (616) 331-1732.
D135 Recreation Center
1 Campus Dr.
Allendale, MI 49401
Office Phone: (616) 331-1732
E-mail: [email protected]
Club Sports Admin Staff
Title & Name
Assistant Director, Club Sports & Business Administration - Anna Tollefson
Club Sports Coordinator - Andrew Rolls
Associate Director - Mike Przydzial
Office Coordinator - LeaAnn Tibbe
The Associate Director, Assistant Director and Coordinators are primary contacts for all clubs. Prior approval of club activities including but not limited to: travel, planning events, logo approvals, budget expenditures and facility reservations must first be approved by Club Sports Administration. Professional Staff are available for consultation regarding any aspect of your organization.
The Recreation & Wellness Staff can assist with services and benefits that include:
- Program advising and leadership development
- Budget preparation and presentation
- Equipment purchase advising
- Facility scheduling for practice and competition
- Team travel logistics and reimbursement
- Tournament planning
It is the responsibility of club officers to seek assistance of Administration regarding any club issues and questions. Club officers can schedule an appointment, send an e-mail, or call the Recreation & Wellness office to ensure attention is provided.
Please call Recreation & Wellness at (616) 331-1732 or e-mail [email protected] at least 24 hours in advance to make an appointment.
All general questions, facility reservation requests, event requests, on-campus account balance requests, purchasing requests, and website/social media updates should be e-mailed to [email protected] before contacting professional staff member.
Coach Roles, Responsibilities, & Expectations
As a Club Sports Coach, you have taken a supporting leadership role within the organization and student body of GVSU. As a coach, you have the opportunity to use your expertise to help GVSU students learn and develop skills, both in and out of their sport. Your leadership and dedication to the club helps ensure continued club success.
Club Student E-Boards recommend candidates, but the final decision must be approved by the Recreation & Wellness Administration.
Expectations of a Coach
As a coach, you are expected to understand and accept the roles and authority of your position as described below:
- It is your responsibility to become familiar with GVSU Club Sport guidelines and procedures that govern operations. Coaches are expected to abide by all applicable rules and regulations of the University and any conference, league, or governing body in which the club may be a member.
- You may act only in areas in which the club has authorized, subsequent to approval by GVSU Recreation & Wellness, and understand that a club sport is first and foremost a student organization to be administered by elected student officers.
- You may not solicit money from any source, or purchase, rent, or commit anything in the name of Grand Valley State University or the above-named club without approval from the club, Club Sports Administrative Staff, and other University officials.
- You may not be listed on the club’s off-campus bank account without prior written authorization from Club Sports Administration, nor spend club funds without approval from the club's E-Board.
- You are responsible for promoting fair play and good sportsmanship at all times.
- You will represent the club and Grand Valley State University Club Sports in a positive and professional manner at all times.
- You are responsible for coordinating appropriate safety practices at all club functions and reporting issues to Club Sports Administration.
- You are responsible for conducting safe and well-organized practice and training sessions that will enable club members to develop and improve their skills.
- You are expected to meet with your club's e-board regularly to discuss goals of the club, expectations and respective roles.
- You are responsible for attending club practices, competitions, and other club functions as well as meetings set forth by Club Sports Administration.
- You are responsible for keeping all required certifications current and on file with Club Sports Administration.
- You will maintain good communication with not only your team, but also with Club Sports Administration.
In accepting your role as a coach, you further understand:
- The risk associated with this position, and that you are responsible for any medical or other costs associated with bodily injury or property damage sustained by you in the performance of your duties.
- That you are responsible and accountable to Grand Valley State University Club Sports, as well as to the club sport for which you are coaching and/or providing instruction.
- That you are not able to be paid from any funding source outside of Grand Valley State University.