As I mentioned in my last post, there are lots of new faces within Campus Recreation these days. New faces bring with them new sources of inspiration, new goals, and new methods. One new face brings a particularly sassy and spirited disposition to the Campus Rec team, and this face belongs to Steven Trotter.
What is your favorite part about UNCW/Wilmington so far?
My favorite part of UNCW so far is the excitement that is revolved around the SRC Expansion. Although we still have a lot of work to do, it has been an extreme pleasure preparing for tripling the size of the facility. We will be able to offer state of the art programming, equipment, and technology in the expansion. My favorite part of Wilmington is the location and the people. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. It seems to be a laid back atmosphere where everyone enjoys life to the fullest; after all the location and weather does that to you.
Where did you work before you came here?
Prior to coming to UNCW I was the Fitness Coordinator at Virginia Tech from 2008 to March 2012.
What do you do now at UNCW?
I am currently the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation/Fitness here at UNCW. My role here is to oversee all aspects of the Seahawk Fitness program that includes Fitness Assessments, Personal Training, Group Exercise, educational workshops and outreach programs, instructional programs, and other wellness related programs. I also supervise the operation of the Harris Teeter Fitness Center to include equipment and maintenance and I am responsible for the supervision and training of all Seahawk Fitness Staff.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy traveling, home improvement projects, spending time on the water and at the beach, getting my fitness on, and spending quality time with my bulloxer (American Bulldog Boxer mix) Roxy. I am also a avid fan of the Virginia Tech Hokies!
If you could be any sandwich, what would you be?
If I could be any sandwich, I would be mahi sandwich. It’s so fresh and delicious and reminds me of a summer day on the water.
Tell me about a particularly nostalgic childhood/college experience that partially shapes who you are today.
I spent most of my childhood overweight and obese. At the age of 16 I bought a gym membership directly after getting my drivers license. I decided I was going to make a change in my life for myself. I became active and took a new turn on life. By the time I was a senior in high school I had lost over 120 pounds and had already begun teaching group exercise classes. I started working for Recreational Services as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer beginning my freshman year at UNC Charlotte. I had a great mentor that helped prepare me for the position I am in today and the goals that I have set for myself.
What is something you hope to get out of this new position at UNCW?
No matter our age and experience we are constantly learning. I plan on getting great experience in developing a growing program that has a lot of new possibilities because of the growth that has been set forth. I want to learn from each of our team members and I hope that I can positively affect those that I interact with to continue to make myself a better citizen.
What do you think students can do to help make UNCW a better and brighter community?
Get involved. Believe it or not, the decisions and actions that you make and take today are going to greatly affect you in the future. Try out new things, make new friends, and most importantly give back. Find an organization that means something to you and donate some of your time to help out. Commit to making someone smile each day!
What are you most looking forward to with regards to Campus Recreation?
I am most looking forward to getting to know the team members and interacting with the various parts of campus. In addition I am excited about the expansion and the new cycling studio!
Any words of wisdom for the next generation?
Be the change you want to see in the world. I have a personal fitness motto that I will change the world one class at a time. It doesn’t matter the size of the impact that you may feel you make; just make one. You will often catch me wearing an armband when I teach group exercise classes that states “you lead the change.” Also it is important to not lose sight of your future or the present. Enjoy your time and stay in touch with family and friends no matter how far away you live.