Recreational Sports Staff

Scott Johnson

Scott began his role as Director of Recreational Sports in the fall of 2013 after serving as Director of the Angell College Center since 1997. He is currently transitioning to his new role as Director of the Field House.  He began working as a professional at the College Center in 1979, and served as Assistant Director of the College Center from 1983 to 1997. He also served as Director of Student Activities from 2004 to 2007.

Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography in 1979 and a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies (Educational Studies, Management Leadership & Health Education) in 1988. In his role as Director of Recreational Sports, Scott oversees the Fitness Center, Memorial Pool, the Intramural Program, eight Sport Clubs, open recreation in Memorial Hall and Sibley Gym, non-credit courses in CPR, lifeguard training and Red Cross instructor training and a youth learn-to-swim program.

Office: 103 Field House
Phone: (518) 564-4062

Karen Waterbury

Following almost 25 years of service patrolling the sidelines as the head women’s soccer coach at Plattsburgh State, Karen Waterbury begins her first year as the Associate Director of Recreation in 2014-15.  Originally from Binghamton, N.Y., Waterbury exited her head coaching position as one of the winningest NCAA Division III women’s soccer coaches of all time. During her time as a coach, she racked up a record of 279-164-33 (.621 winning percentage) and led three of her Plattsburgh State squads to the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament.  Prior to her days as the Cardinals’ head coach, Waterbury played soccer at Plattsburgh State and earned her bachelor’s degree in business marketing before graduating with a master’s degree in physical education from Ithaca College in 1989.

 Waterbury has spearheaded and been an active participant in many athletic recreation endeavors both at Plattsburgh State and in the greater Plattsburgh community. She started the Plattsburgh Fun Run and has overseen and been a part of numerous outdoor tournaments including a beach soccer tournament. She is a certified American Red Cross instructor in CPR/AED and holds a wilderness first responder card.  An active outdoor enthusiast, Waterbury enjoys biking, hiking, running and being on the water.

 Karen is married to Chris Waterbury, the head men’s soccer coach at Plattsburgh State. The two make their home in Plattsburgh and have two children – Bailey (20), who will be a junior on the Oswego State women’s soccer team in 2014-15, and Ryan (17). 

Office: 312 Memorial Hall
Phone: (518) 564-4150

Matt Salvatore

Matt Salvatore, Fitnes Center Director, manages all operational aspects of the college’s comprehensive Fitness Center and Climbing Wall Programs. A 1990 graduate of SUNY Brockport, Salvatore received his BS in Physical Education, with a concentration in exercise physiology and adult fitness. He received his MA in Leadership and Administration with a concentration in Management from Plattsburgh State University in 2002. Prior to his appointment in 1994 as SUNY Plattsburgh Fitness Center Director, Matt was a fitness specialist at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY.

Matt is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is certified as a Personal Trainer with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). He is AED, CPR, and First Aid certified as well. He is additionally certified to instruct Spinning classes. Matt teaches classes within the Fitness and Wellness Leadership Major and Personal Trainer Minor in both the classroom and web environment. He also serves as a site supervisor for student interns completing their Personal Training minor requirements. In the fall of 2013, he will be assisting with the recreational sports program with intramurals and recreational hours in Memorial and Sibley.

Office; Memorial Hall 120 Fitness Center
Phone: 518-564-3142

Melissa LaMere

Earned her BS in Physical Education at SUNY Brockport and MS in Exercise Science at SUNY Cortland. She started at SUNY Plattsburgh as Assistant Fitness Center Director in 2008. In addition she teaches PED271, PED333, is an academic advisor for the Fitness & Wellness Leadership major and serves as advisor for Kickline. In the fall of 2013, she will be assisting with the recreational sports program with intramurals and recreational hours in Memorial and Sibley. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, basketball and softball.

Office: Fitness Center Memorial Hall
Phone: 518-564-3132

Student Staff Assistants

Steven Rohrig

I am from West Nyack, New York and am going into my Junior year. I am a Criminal Justice major going to minor in Psychology. I am a lifeguard, non-credit lifeguard course instructor, and CPR/first aid/AED instructor. I also participate in Army ROTC, Ultimate Frisbee club, and pick-up ice hockey club. In my free time I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing, and working out. I will be supervising the lifeguards and working with the CPR program. Feel free to contact me if there is anything I can do to assist you. Have a great year!


Mary Runge

I am a senior majoring in Communication Disorders and Sciences aspiring to be a Speech-language pathologist. I am a member of the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) on campus, which helps raise funds for individuals with speech, language, or hearing needs. I have enjoyed working in Memorial Hall Recreation Center for the past year and am eager to help others in my new role as Recreation Coordinator here at SUNY Plattsburgh.


Kevin Briggs

Will be working with intramural teams and officials to provide a great program for everyone who participates.