Department of Recreational Sports

Contact Us

The Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports is located at 6000 Bush Ave. Dallas, TX 75205.

Hours of Operation

Main Desk Phone: 214-768-3374
Staff Office Phone: 214-768-3366


Physical Address:
Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports
Southern Methodist University
6000 Bush Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 750161
Dallas, TX 75275

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Jorge Juarez
Executive Director
Ph: 214-768-3368 |

Employed at SMU since: 2012

Education Background: Texas A&M Corpus Christi 1990 and  Texas Tech 2001

Hobbies: Love exercising and play sports with my wife (Veronica) and four children (Sebastian, Karol, Blaise, and Rocco). Let’s agree there is never any down time in the Juarez home.

Favorite Quotes: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them." Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta

What should excite the students about your program?
Having worked at five University Rec Centers in the state of Texas, Mustangs should be PROUD of what they have on campus. Excellent experiences within Rec Sports Programs and Dedman Center should excite ALL MUSTANGS.

David Chambers
Associate Director of Programs
Ph: 214-768-4823 |

Employed at SMU since: 2004
Education Background: B.S.B.A. Economics, Auburn University, 1988; M.Ed. HPER Outdoor Education, Administration, Georgia College State University, 2001.
Hobbies:  Anything outdoor recreation related and specifically, canoeing, backpacking and climbing; introducing my kids to the outdoors; spending time outside with family and coaching daughter's softball.
Favorite Quotes:
"In mountaineering, there are two types of people: old mountaineers and bold mountaineers, but you never meet any old and bold mountaineers."
What should excite the students about your program?
Recreational Sports epitomizes the relationship between fun and the student experience. No matter your interest, Recreational Sports offers healthy opportunities for connection, challenge, leadership, and personal development through exciting, active, and fun experiences.


Echo Dickerson
Facility Coordinator
Ph: 214-768-4732 |

Employed at SMU since: 2010
Education Background: B.S. Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2007;  M.A. in Dispute Resolution, SMU 2012.
Hobbies: Running, volleyball, basketball, really any type of sports, playing or watching, trying new adventurous things, shopping, and hanging out with friends and family.
Favorite Quote: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King Jr.
What should excite the students about your program?
The Dedman Center is a great place to work if you are looking for a good opportunity to grow and develop professionally.

  Tiffany Fettinger
Spirit Coordinator
Ph: 214-768-1500 |

Employed at SMU since: 2012
Education Background: B.A. in Psychology, Southern Methodist University
Hobbies: Going to the lake, Spending time with family and friends, cooking, working out, reading and enjoying the sunshine!
Favorite Quote: "Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm Possible'." –Audrey Hepburn
What should excite the students about your program?
SMU Cheer is more than a squad that supports athletic programs, but a family. The team is so special and unique every year! The future of SMU Cheer is looking very bright!!!

Gina Garcia
Assistant Director of Fitness
Ph: 214-768-4818 |

Employed at SMU since: 2006
Education Background:
B.S. Physical Education, minor in Business, 1992; Music degree in piano, 1984; Nalchik, Russia, SMU- Master of  Liberal Studies, 2013.
Hobbies: Cooking and trying out new recipes that are healthy, pencil drawing, and knitting.
Favorite Quote: "Life is given to people only once and we need to live this life with pride and integrity so there are no regrets when this life is over." - Translated from Russian writer Nikolai Alexeevich Ostrovsky in How the Steel was Tempered.
What should excite the students about your program?
SMU Fitness offers a variety of programs to get you healthy, fit and educated. Massage therapy helps the body recover from injuries, relax and improves overall health.


Assistant Director, Intramural/Sport Clubs
Ph: 214-768-3367

Mike Henery
Assistant Facility Manager

Ph: 214-768-7392 |

Employed at SMU since:

Hobbies: Climbing, Ice Climbing, Mountain biking, guitar, family, dogs.
Favorite Quote: "There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games."  Ernest Hemingway


Charlie Bryant
Assistant Director of Facilities
Ph: 214-768-7269 |

Employed at SMU since: 2012
Education Background: B.S. Recreation Administration, California State University Fresno 1987
Hobbies: Coaching baseball, Golfing, Swimming, Camping, spending time with my kids (Alex, Sophie and Gemma).
Favorite Quote: "Each action is like a brick, you choose whether to build with it a foundation or a wall"
What should excite the students about your program?
The Dedman Center is a vibrant and exciting part of the SMU Community. I hope ALL students come and make this an integral part of their college experience!


Lindsey Gavlick
Aquatics Coordinator
Ph: 214-768-9916 |

Employed at SMU since: 2012
Education Background: B.S. Business Administration, Texas A&M University, 2012
Hobbies: Playing tennis, going to the lake with friends and scuba diving new places with my family.
Favorite Quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.” – Mark Twain
What should excite the students about your program? The pool is a great place to hang out with friends or get in a good exercise. Whether it’s playing basketball, laying out by the falls, swimming laps or water aerobics there’s something for everyone in aquatics.



Judy Marshall
Administrative Assistant
Ph: 214-768-3366 |

Employed at SMU since: 1996
Education Background: B.B.A Marketing/Personnel Management, SMU.
Hobbies: Gardening / Interior decorating
Favorite Quote: "It's not over until the fat lady sings!"


Albert Mitugo
Outdoor Adventures Senior Coordinator
Ph: 214-768-4822 |

Employed at SMU since: 2008
Education Background: B.S., Animal Science, Egerton (Kenya) and Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, SMU.
Hobbies: Travelling, being in the outdoors, family and fun
Favorite Quote: "After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb" - Nelson Mandela
What should excite the students about your program? It is awesome to learn outside of walled it improves their overall leadership skills!


Assistant Manager, Intramurals and Sport Clubs
Ph: 214-768-3362


Tracy Veliz
Associate Director, Facilities
Ph: 214-768-4978 |

Employed at SMU since: 2005
Education Background: B.A. Communications, University of Texas at Arlington, 2005; M.L.S., SMU, 2007.
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, gardening, and watching the Mavs.
Favorite Quote: "If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." - Maya Angelou


Patty Wilson
Business Manager
Ph: 214-768-9876 |

Employed at SMU since: 2005
Hobbies: Family, Gardening and Music
Favorite Quote: "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." - Mother Teresa