July 18, 2019

SIU selects Corné Prozesky as the director of Recreational Sports and Services

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Corné Prozesky’s affiliation with Recreational Sports and Services at Southern Illinois University goes back many years and now, he has been chosen as its director.

Double alumnus

Prozesky arrived in Carbondale in 1997, recruited from South Africa as a member of the Saluki swim team.

Prozesky earned his bachelor’s degree in management at SIU in 2002 and his MBA two years later. He first became part of the Recreational Sports and Services (RSS) staff as a graduate assistant in 2002 and worked both at the Student Recreation Center and the RSS base camp while completing his master’s degree.

Stayed after graduation

After completing his master’s degree, Prozesky continued to work at the center. He was hired in 2004 as facilities coordinator, helping manage and maintain the 214,000 square foot facility and 22 satellite facilities. By 2006 he had become assistant director of facilities and he was promoted to associate director of facilities and operations in November 2009.

For the past year, he has served as interim director of RSS, overseeing all of the facilities, operations and staff. Prozesky, of Makanda, assumed the director position fully on July 12.

Prozewsky is sixth director

Prozesky is just the sixth director in the history of RSS, according to Lori Stettler, vice chancellor for student affairs.

“I am excited to have Corné in the role of director of Recreational Sports and Services,” Stettler said. “He is well known across campus as a collaborative leader who is passionate about service to our students. He brings a wealth of professional knowledge and institutional history to the position. Corné is a shining example of Saluki pride. He is always positive, has a can-do attitude, and always has a big smile on his face. He makes everyone he encounters feel welcome at RSS’s facilities and programs.”

Numerous facilities and programs offered

SIU offers many facilities and programs under the RSS umbrella. Indoor areas include a natatorium with Olympic-size pool, a climbing wall, basketball and volleyball courts, walking and jogging tracks, racquetball and squash court, weight rooms, dance studios and fitness and cardio equipment. Outdoors you’ll find the Becker Pavilion, tennis courts, Campus Lake trails, football practice fields, Frisbee golf courses, Sam Rinella Field, the Rec Sports complex and more. RSS presents a wide variety of classes and programs, along with personal trainer services.

Students are automatically members upon payment of campus fees. Faculty, staff, alumni and community members may also purchase membership passes.