Our Staff

Contact Us

Area Phone Number Email Address
Fitness and Recreation Center (406) 243-2802

campusrec@mso.umt.edu

Fitness Programs (406) 243-2833

campusrec@mso.umt.edu

Intramural Sports (406) 243-5295

campusrec@mso.umt.edu

Outdoor Program and Equipment Rental (406) 243-5172

crecop@mso.umt.edu

Grizzly Pool (406) 243-2763

grizpool.student@mso.umt.edu

University Golf Course (406) 728-8629

campusrec@mso.umt.edu

Youth Camps (406) 243-5295

campusrec.youthcamps@mso.umt.edu

Campus Recreation Administration

phone: (406) 243-2806
fax: (406) 243-6482

campusrec@mso.umt.edu

Meet the Campus Recreation Staff

Chris Anderson:  General Manager, University Golf CourseChris Anderson

(406) 728-8629, canderson@mso.umt.edu

Responsibilities:  Chris oversees the entire golf course operation, including the playability and maintenance of the course, the management of the pro shop and its merchandise, and the food and beverage operation.

Favorite place to recreate in Missoula, and why:  Chris enjoys playing nine holes of golf at The U of M Golf Course because the wildlife, and the scenery are second to none.  He says climbing the M and overlooking campus and Missoula is a close second!

Andi Armstrong:  Assistant Director of Operations and Marketing Andi Armstrong

(406) 243-2806, andrea.armstrong@umontana.edu

Responsibilities:  Andi manages Campus Recreation's website and social media channels and markets departmental programming and events. Andi also oversees administrative operations, including all points of sale, and serves as the primary liaison with Student Affairs IT and Central IT. 

Andi previously worked at the Davidson Honors College and the School of Business Administration and has been active on Staff Senate and numerous University committees.  She holds a B.A. in English and M. A. in English literature from the University of Montana.

Favorite place to recreate in Missoula, and why:  Cutting right through the heart of Missoula, the Kim Williams Trail is a favorite of Andi's.  She says there’s no better way to start a work day during the summer than a brisk morning bike ride to campus along the Clark Fork River.  She works out nearly every weekday at Campus Rec, and loves to cross-country ski and hike.

Eric Aschim:  Assistant Director, FacilitiesEric Aschim

(406) 243-4078, eric.aschim@mso.umt.edu

Responsibilities: Eric mentors our student staff to ensure a welcoming, clean, and safe environment at the Fitness & Recreation Center. Eric is also a Certified Pool Operator (CPO).

Favorite place to recreate in Missoula, and why: Eric likes fly fishing at Rock Creek because of the big bugs and big fish! He can also be seen in the courts at Campus Rec playing hand ball.

Tom Burt:  Course Superintendent, University Golf CourseTom Burt

(406) 728-8629, tom.burt@mso.umt.edu

Responsibilities: Tom meticulously maintains the University Golf Course, South Campus recreational fields, Dornblaser Track Field, and Grizzly Soccer Field so that students and other users have a top quality experience.

Favorite place to recreate in Missoula, and why:  Tom plays the University of Montana Golf Course and Canyon River Golf Courses because of their stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Elizabeth Fricke:  Senior Assistant Director, Outdoor ProgramElizabeth Fricke

(406) 243-5176, elizabeth.fricke@mso.umt.edu

Responsibilities:  Elizabeth coordinates outdoor classes and trips and the climbing wall. She also collaborates with academic departments on campus to offer outdoor education classes for credit. Partnering with the U.S. Forest Service and Fish Wildlife and Parks, she works to utilize land and rivers throughout Montana. Elizabeth also partners with the Missoula Avalanche Foundation to provide avalanche education classes. 

Elizabeth received a B.S. in Recreation Management from Appalachian State University and M.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Montana. 

Favorite place to recreate in Missoula, and why: Elizabeth's places depend on the season. Summer – on a river; either the Alberton Gorge or the Blackfoot river with her family. Fall – rock climbing at Lost Horse or Kootenai Canyon. Winter – skiing.  Spring – the Lochsa! All seasons – on her yoga mat, playing with her two daughters and husband and walking with her dog on Mt. Sentinel!

Brian Fruit:  Associate Director, FacilitiesBrian Fruit

(406) 243-6157, bfruit@mso.umt.edu

Responsibilities:  Brian directs all aspects of Campus Recreation's facilities including the state of the art Fitness & Recreation Center, Grizzly Pool, and outdoor fields on Riverbowl and South Campus.  He leads a professional and student staff to provide excellent customer service in a clean and friendly environment.  Brian is a current member of NIRSA.  

Favorite place to recreate in Missoula, and why: Brian says the Campus Recreation facilities have been a staple in his exercise regime for many years. He enjoys running on the various trails and endless roads in and around Missoula, especially Mount Sentinel, which he says has a certain allure and therapeutic quality that he finds unique and special.

Jefferson Heath:  Coordinator, Facilities and Outdoor ProgramsJefferson Heath

(406) 243-6846, jefferson.heath@mso.umt.edu

Responsibilities: Jeff is responsible for running the Outdoor Program equipment rentals, gear sale, and special events.

Favorite place to recreate in Missoula, and why:  Jeff enjoys the University Golf Course, Snowbowl, and anywhere on the river.

Natalie Hiller-Claridge:  Senior Assistant Director, Programs and Development

Natalie Hiller-Claridge

(406) 243-5295, natalie.hiller@mso.umt.edu

Responsibilities:  Natalie is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Intramural Sports and Youth Camps programs. She mentors a student staff of 35-40 employees and one classified staff member. She managed the Outdoor Program Rental operation and special events from 2006 to 2013, but recently changed roles and is now responsible for fundraising and development for the Campus Recreation Department. Natalie is involved on campus with Staff Senate, Diversity Advisory Council, and chaired the Outstanding Staff Awards Committee in 2013. She received a B.S. in Recreation Management, B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. of Public Administration all from the University of Montana. Natalie is the current NIRSA Montana State Director.

Favorite place to recreate in Missoula, and why:  Natalie enjoys hiking at Blue Mountain because it is dog friendly, leash free, where her two dogs can run free.  During the winter my favorite place is Lolo Pass for some extreme snowshoeing.  If she's on her mountain bike she loves the Rattlesnake Recreation Area, though she states she could recreate anywhere as long as she's with her family.

Kristen Hoon:  Coordinator, Intramural Sports and Youth CampsKristen Hoon

(406) 243-5295, kristen.hoon@mso.umt.edu

Responsibilities:  Kristen creates schedules, updates scores and standings, and corresponds with players and teams. She also trains, evaluates and mentors student officials. Kristen works closely with Natalie to coordinate Youth Camps and new intramural events and sports.

Kristen has a B.A. in Biology and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Montana and previously worked for Campus Recreation as an intramural official.

Favorite place to recreate in Missoula, and why:  Kristen loves soccer, so you're apt to find her at any park or field with a goal. In the spring and summer, she also enjoys hiking and running the trails of Mount Sentinel because of its challenging trails, its accessibility and great view. In the winter, she will to ski anywhere around Missoula. She's also a big fan of Glacier National Park, running half-marathons and trying new outdoor activities.

Tonya Kiser:  Senior Assistant Director, Aquatics and SafetyTonya Kiser

(406) 243-5335, tonya.kiser@mso.umt.edu

Responsibilities:  Tonya manages all aspects of the Grizzly Pool including Programing, Staffing, Facility Scheduling, and Staff Training.  She also sits on the Campus Risk Management and Safety Committee and is the Safety Coordinator for Campus Recreation.  Tonya is a current member of NIRSA.

Favorite place to recreate in Missoula, and why:  Tonya loves to recreate in many areas in and around Missoula, and doesn't know that she has a favorite. She spends more time in the Pattee Canyon Recreation Area than any other because she can get to it quickly from work.

Emily Simpson:   Senior Assistant Director, Fitness Programs 

Emily Simpson

(406) 243-2833, emily.simpson@mso.umt.edu

Responsibilities: As the new director of fitness, Emily manages the fitness programs and personal training staff. She collaborates with several agencies on campus to create programs that reach the entire UM community. She is an advocate for all Campus Recreation users and supports each of their unique fitness goals. Health and wellness are Emily’s passions; she loves empowering people to live a more fulfilling life by growing stronger and making healthy choices. She knows that health encompasses not just physical fitness, but also a myriad of lifestyle factors. Emily worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor during undergraduate and graduate school. She earned a bachelors of science in Dietetics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a masters of science in exercise science from the University of Montana. Emily is very excited to rejoin Campus Recreation!

Favorite place to recreate in Missoula: Emily loves the easy access to Pattee Canyon and the Rattlesnake for all types of recreating- mountain biking, trail running, hiking, snow shoeing. For proximity to campus, she says you can’t beat Mt. Sentinel. It offers the quintessential view of Missoula and is the perfect place for a mid-week hike or weekend adventure!

Steve Thompson:  Director of Campus RecreationSteve Thompson

(406) 243-5269, stephen.thompson@mso.umt.edu

Responsibilities:  Steve is responsible for ensuring the professional staff and student workers have what they need to provide the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Montana safe and quality programs and facilities. He provides strategic vision, fiscal oversight, and long range planning to the department as well as continually striving to extend the overall reach and relevance of Campus Recreation. Steve is also responsible for being a husband (to Angie) and a father (to his daughter Kaelin), and making sure that his work life and family life exist in harmony. Steve is a professional member of NIRSA, and served as a former President, Vice President, and board member of AORE, in which he is still actively involved. He received both his Bachelors in Communications and his Masters in Communication Theory from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. 

Favorite place in Missoula to recreate, and why:   Steve enjoys hiking with his family and dogs at Blue Mountain, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing at Lolo Pass, fly fishing at Rock Creek, rafting the Blackfoot or the Alberton Gorge, and skiing at any of the many ski areas around town.

Kevin Verlanic:  Business ManagerKevin Verlanic

(406) 243-2823, kevin.verlanic@umontana.edu

Responsibilities:  Kevin joined the University of Montana in 1980 as the superintendent of the UM Golf Course.  In his current role, he is responsible for serving as the Business Manager of Campus Recreation where he provides financial vision and support for the Grizzly Pool, University Golf Course, and Fitness & Recreation Center. Kevin is also a current member of Missoula City Conservation Lands Committee, Missoula Youth Justice Council, Blue-Eyed Nellie Conservation Group, and NIRSA.

Favorite place to recreate in Missoula, and why:  Kevin enjoys Mt. Sentinel because it provides a great workout, wildlife, scenic views and solitude.