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Experience: Campus Recreation

Ashley Schmidt

Ashley Schmidt’s background led to a role as Campus Recreation’s graduate assistant for sport programs.

Ashley graduated from Tri-Central High School among a senior class of just 59 students. She took her love of the game two hours from home to Indiana University in Bloomington, one of the most recognized “Meccas” in all of college basketball.

Ashley is a quintessential Indiana Hoosier. Growing up in the Midwest, young people eat, sleep and breathe the game of basketball. As a freshman at Indiana University Bloomington, she joined the club basketball team. A year later, she was the organization’s vice president. After that, club president for two years. By senior year, the team had joined the National Club Basketball Association.

Ashley Schimdt at Champions Field, Snow Family Outdoor Activities and Wellness Complex


This experience at IU Bloomington provided Ashley with exposure to Intramural Sports, and opened her eyes to career opportunities in the field of Campus Recreation. By the time her junior year rolled around, she knew graduate school was in her future. In 2022, Ashley began her pursuit of a master’s degree in Academic Counseling at Clemson University. She interviewed for a graduate assistantship with Chris Cox, Campus Recreation’s associate director for sport programs. She met faculty from the Student Affairs master’s program. She felt an immediate sense of connection and was admitted into the program and hired as a graduate assistant.

Students Paddle boarding at Snow Family Outdoor Activities and Wellness Complex
Ashley Schmidt kicking Soccer Ball at Champions Field, Snow Family Outdoor Activities and Wellness Center
Students playing Soccer at Champions Field, Snow Family Outdoor Activities and Wellness Center
Ashley Schmidt with Soccer Ball at Champions Field, Snow Family Outdoor Activities and Wellness Center
Students playing Beach Volleyball Snow Family Outdoor Activities and Wellness Center

Getting Involved

In her position she helps ensure the Intramural Sports program runs smoothly, where the daily responsibilities can range from the supervision of student staff and game officials, to preparing fields for competitions. Ashley says her short-term goal is to continue working with competitive sports and intramurals, but hopes to one day oversee an entire recreation center or department. As she prepares for the future, she’s enjoying her current training ground and looking forward to a full-time role with Campus Rec.

Statistics - 20+ Intramural Sports Season and Tournaments with 23000+ Participants. No. 3 University Everyone Plays Intramural Sports 2022 Princeton Review

“Whether in my academic program or with Campus Rec, it’s felt like a family. The relationships I’ve built have made Clemson a memorable experience and I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a graduate assistant.

Get Involved with Campus Recreation

Clemson University’s Department of Campus Recreation offers 33 Club Sports and three academic seasons of diverse Intramural Sports and tournaments for students. Clemson has consistently been ranked in the top 10 by The Princeton Review for institutions that offer Great Intramural Sports, and was ranked No. 3 in 2022 for Universities where Everyone Plays Intramural Sports. Learn more about Sport Programs at Clemson and how to be involved.

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Students playing spike-ball at Snow Family Outdoor Activities and Fitness Complex
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