University of Bridgeport Announces New Combined Department of Athletics and Recreation

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University of Bridgeport Announces New Combined Department of Athletics and Recreation

New Director of Recreation and Intramural Sports Hired to Lead Wheeler Recreation Center and Add New Intramural Sports and Fitness Classes

The University of Bridgeport (UB) has merged its campus recreation program with its athletics programs to form the Department of Athletics and Recreation. UB has also hired David Graham as Director of the Wheeler Recreation Center & Intramural Sports.

Graham brings a wealth of intercollegiate recreation and athletics experience to UB from more than three decades in collegiate athletics and recreation. Most recently Graham served as the Recreation and Fitness Center Coordinator at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, Florida.

“Dave’s experience in both coaching and leading recreation and wellness programs at the collegiate level make him a great addition to our team,” said Jay Moran, UB’s vice president of Athletics. “We are excited about adding Campus Recreation to our department which offers recreation, intramural, and fitness programing opportunities for our entire university community.”

UB’s Wheeler Recreation Center will offer co-ed intramural sports including basketball, soccer, table tennis, cornhole, volleyball, flag football and dodgeball. Fitness class programming will include Zumba, MixxedFit, Yoga and Cross Fit Training. All classes will be taught by certified instructors.

UB Campus Recreation has also taken over “The Alley,” the eight-lane bowling alley that opened in 2019 located in the John J. Cox Student Center. There will be open play time at “The Alley” throughout the week for students and staff, in addition to tournaments hosted by Campus Recreation. 

“Student wellness is passion of mine, and I’m excited to join the Purple Knights family to help grow the campus recreation program at UB,” said Graham. “Our goal is to make coming over to the Wheeler Recreation Center one of the best parts of the day for everyone on campus. We will offer high-quality fitness, wellness and intramural programs to promote healthy habits that our Purple Knights will take with them when they leave UB.”

The Campus Recreation office is in UB’s Wheeler Recreation Center (WRC), which houses three full basketball courts, a weight room, cardio room, racquetball court and two fitness studios. Students, faculty and staff can stay up to date with UB Campus Recreation by visiting: https://www.ubknights.com/sports/recreation