Mr. Craig Decker, RCRSP

CENTERS LLC at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Contact Details

CENTERS LLC at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Campus Recreation Center
1501 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL
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Currently Craig serves as the Director for University Recreation at Centers, LLC at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Craig got his start in campus recreation as a student employee at Indiana University. After graduating from IU he went on to receive his Master of Science degree from the University of Florida. While he was attending UF he worked as a Graduate Assistant for Facility Operations with their RecSports Department. Through his next four professional positions he has over a decade of experience within the campus recreation field.

Working at UAB comes after stops at West Virginia University, Florida Atlantic University, University of Florida, and University of Virginia. Through his different roles he has had responsibilities for daily facility and technology operations, facility maintenance projects, business administration, and has overseen undergrad, graduate, and professional staff. He has served as the Member Network Chair, Region II Representative, and as a NIRSA State Director from both West Virginia and Florida and presented at annual and regional conferences. Craig is also a graduate of the 2013 School of Recreational Sports Management, Level 1.

Through serving on various department, divisional, and university committees he has strived to be a reliable team member making mission-driving decisions. An avid coffee drinker, he promotes Starbucks’ "Third Place" philosophy and the fact that university recreation programs and facilities can be the “Third Place” for students. With this mindset he attempts to provide the best experience he can for students and the UAB community.

When he’s not in the office, Craig likes to be at home with his wife Rachel, son Isaac, and their dog Blake, enjoy outdoor opportunities in and around Birmingham, read, and listen to podcasts.


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University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida, United States
Sport Management, 2008
2006 To 2008

Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana
Fitness Specialist, 2006
2002 To 2006

Professional Associations

NIRSA Member Network Chair
2020 - Present

NIRSA Bylaws Committee- Member Network Liaison
2019 - 2020

NIRSA Region II Representative
2018 - 2020

NIRSA Region II Finance and Sponsorship Committee Member
2017 - 2018

West Virginia NIRSA State Director
2017 - 2018

Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional
2017 - Present

Florida NIRSA State Director
2012 - 2014

NIRSA Bylaws Committee Member
2009 - 2013

NIRSA Member
2006 - Present

Job History

Centers, LLC at University of Alabama at Birmingham
Director of University Recreation
Birmingham, AL, United States
January 2020 - present

West Virginia University
Associate Director, Campus Recreation
April 2016 - January 2020

Florida Atlantic University
Associate Director, Facility Operations
Boca Raton
April 2014 - February 2016

University of Florida
Coordinator, Facility Operations
March 2011 - April 2014

University of Virginia
Assistant Facility Manager
June 2008 - March 2011

University of Florida
Graduate Assistant
July 2006 - May 2008

Indiana University
August 2002 - May 2006

Job Responsibilities

  • Aquatics
  • Business
  • Facility Management
  • Fitness
  • Human Resources
  • Informal Recreation
  • Maintenance
  • Membership
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Programs
  • Research/Assessment
  • Safety/Risk Management
  • Special Events
  • Student Development
  • Technology
  • Wellness