Now in her 30th year as a member of the Notre Dame athletics department, Sally Derengoski serves as director of the Office of Recreational Sports (RecSports). In that capacity, she is responsible for the school’s aquatics, club sports, fitness, instructional, intramurals, special event and family programming areas, as well as the department’s recreation facilities. She oversees the Rolfs Sports Recreation Center, the Rockne Memorial and the Rolfs Aquatic Center, as well as St. Joe Beach and the Riehle and West Quad Field complexes.
Over 90 percent of the student body participates in some aspect of the RecSports program, considered one of the top campus recreation programs in the country.
During the course of her career, Derengoski’s responsibilities have varied, including serving as director of the university’s golf course for 12 years and overseeing the Sports Camps program for eight years, concurrent with her responsibilities at RecSports. She has been very active in the golf industry, including serving on the National Golf Foundation’s Board of Regents for the Institute of Golf Management. Derengoski has also served as the game manager for the Notre Dame men’s and women’s basketball teams. She has been a consultant for a number of recreation facility projects, is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences, and represents Athletics on the University’s wellness and campus activities committees.
Derengoski also is active in the South Bend community, and has been a longtime co-chair of the “run, jane run” golf tournament, a fundraiser for the YWCA of St. Joseph County. She recently completed two terms as chair of the YMCA’s Board of Directors, and has been co-chair of the University-sponsored Robinson Community Learning Center’s program advisory board.
In 2011, Derengoski received the Indiana YMCA State Aliance Outstanding Volunteer Award. In 2005, Derengoski received an honorary monogram from the Notre Dame Monogram Club. She was honored with the Arthur Quigley, PhD., Award for outstanding service to the Northeast Neighborhood in 2007, and received the Donna R. Pheil Award for community service from the YWCA in 2006. In 2002, she received Indiana University’s Division of Recreational Sports’ Outstanding Alumni Award.
A native of East Lansing, Mich., Derengoski is a 1981 graduate of Indiana University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and was the 1981 intramural Athlete of the Year. She went on to obtain her masters’ degree in business administration from Notre Dame in 1983.