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Meet Jason Darby

Jason Darby

What’s your title? I am the Associate Director of Programs for Campus Recreation

What does that mean? In short, this means I work with our program coordinators to create and evaluate offerings to engage and connect with our students, staff, and faculty here at USM. Specifically, this includes group exercise, personal training, aquatics, outdoor adventure, intramural sports, and club sports activities.

What is your hometown? Hernando, MS

Share a bit about your family. All of my family reside in Hernando, including my parents and my three sisters. The only family I have here with me in Hattiesburg is my dog Landry (pets are family too!)

What are your hobbies? What’s your passion? I am a huge sports fan, following my Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Braves, and my undergrad’s athletic teams. I am a former collegiate and men’s club rugby player, and a USA Rugby Level 200 coach. Unfortunately, I’m currently sidelined following a knee injury but looking forward to getting back on the pitch in time!

When did you first hear about Southern Miss? I was always aware of Southern Miss being from Mississippi. However, my first interaction here was actually coming for a weekend to be a student official for the NIRSA Regional Flag Football Tournament that USM Campus Recreation hosts each year. Once I became a professional in the field of collegiate recreation, I came back several times to volunteer with the tournament. I enjoyed the experience and Hattiesburg as a whole, and felt that when this position was posted, I was definitely interested in joining the staff here.

What is your best or most favorite skill or strength? I feel my best strength is adaptability. When working with student programming, you have to be willing to meet the students where their needs are, which sometimes requires shifting your way of thinking or planning. COVID-19 definitely reinforced that this year, and I feel that strength allowed us to still offer quality programming for our USM community in some very adverse circumstances.

What college professor or advisor do you most admire? Dr. Neil Marrin was a professor I had in graduate school at James Madison University. His enthusiasm and passion not only for the course material, but also for our development as young professionals into the field of sport and recreation was something that I admired. I still stay in touch with him often and have enjoyed the consistent support he has offered me.

What was your major? In undergrad, I majored in Political Science and Criminal Justice with a minor in Journalism and New Media. My master’s is in Sport and Recreation Leadership with a focus in campus recreation.

Social Media? Jason Alexander Darby (Facebook) and @JasonADarby (Twitter)

Office Location? The Payne Center RM 105

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