About Us


Recreational Sports is located in the state-of-the-art 138,000 square-foot Pohl Recreation Center, and offers an incredible array of programs and experiences that promote and support the recreation and fitness needs of the UNT community. Along with special events like Movie Under the Stars and Rec Extravaganza, Rec Sports has six different departments to help keep our students, faculty, and staff happy, healthy, and active. Read more about our departments below.

The fitness program offers fitness assessments, personal training, RMR testing, body composition testing and other classes. The group exercise program offers students exciting, instructor-led aerobic activities like cycle, kickboxing, Pilates, yoga, Zumba and others. The Fitness staff also oversee the 14,500 square foot weight room and a variety of cardio machines including treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes. 

UNT students versus UNT students! Any student who pays the recreation fee may participate in intramurals through one of three divisions that have men's, women's and co-recreational teams: Residence Hall, Greek or Independent. Team sports are arranged on a round-robin basis, and individual and dual sports are set up by elimination tournaments, meets and special events. Major sports include flag football, outdoor soccer, basketball, softball, volleyball, and indoor soccer while individual events can include racquetball, tennis, PS4, Texas Hold ‘Em, and dodgeball. 

The Outdoor Pursuits program offers a 45-foot indoor climbing wall, 10-foot bouldering wall, rental of outdoor equipment like tents, sleeping bags, coolers, stoves, canoes and kayaks. Outdoor Pursuits also oversees an adventure trip program that takes members out on day, weekend, and even extended trips within Texas and beyond. Free clinics are also offered throughout the year that give instruction on various topics like stargazing, survival, and kayak roll. 

The sport club program provides an opportunity for UNT students to compete against other colleges and universities in the Texas region. The clubs include archery, baseball, bowling, climbing, cycling, disc golf, dodgeball, equestrian, fencing, ice hockey, in-line hockey, men's lacrosse, men's rugby, men's soccer, men's ultimate, men's volleyball, men’s wrestling, paintball, powerlifting, running, sailing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, wakeboard, women's lacrosse, women’s rugby, women's soccer, women's ultimate, women's volleyball, and women’s wrestling. 

The Rec Center has both a lap and leisure pool, including a 29 person hot tub. The aquatics program offers instructional classes such as Learn to Swim, private swim lessons, and lifeguard certification courses. The Aquatics program hosts special events like the Dive-In Movie, Recathon, Intramural Battleship and Outdoor Pursuits Kayaking clinics. 

Informal recreation offers drop-in activity in basketball, indoor soccer, racquetball, swimming, badminton, volleyball and more, and can check out equipment to you at no charge. Informal Recreation also oversees the Waranch Tennis Complex which offers 12 lighted tennis courts and equipment checkout. 

Recreational Sports is one of the largest employers of students on the UNT campus. Rec Sports offers a wide range of job opportunities for students throughout the six program areas including membership services, weight room, personal training, group exercise instruction, lifeguarding, outdoor pursuits, or officiating their favorite intramural sports. Apply online through the UNT Career Center or stop by the Rec Center and talk with us.


We strive to provide the kind of recreational experiences that not only support the wellness of the UNT community, but inspire it.

We believe these core values define who we are. Referencing this guide in everything we do maps our path to providing exceptional experiences for staff and patrons and keeps us accountable to our fundamental values. Walk it. Talk it. Live it.

Mind, Body, and Spirit
Do my interactions promote well-being?

Growth and Opportunity
Am I a catalyst for progress and change?

Powerful, Personal, and Purposeful
Can I proudly stand behind the service I am providing?

Inspire, Believe, and Achieve
Am I a champion to our success?

Community and Familiy
How am I fostering a sense of home?

Ownership, Integrity, and Pride
Is my passion unmistakable?


Recreational Sports Pohl Recreation Center
1900 Chestnut Street
Denton, Texas 76201

Email: recsports@unt.edu
Phone: (940) 565-2275
Fax: (940) 565-4569
Member Services Desk: (940) 369-8347
24-Hour Information Line: (940) 369-7100
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
Facility hours: Hours of Operation


Pohl Recreation Center

You can always stop by the office for any questions that you might have.

Pohl Rec Center, a NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility, was highlighted in Recreation Management magazine's Innovative Architecture and Design.


Recreation Center Student EmployeesRec Center Employees

Recreational Sports employs individuals as graduate assistants, supervisors, game officials, court monitors, lifeguards, aerobic instructors and student secretaries in many of the activities offered. Individuals with experience and/or major in Recreation are especially encouraged to apply, although training will be provided for those less experienced individuals. The pay scale varies according to experience and length of service with the office. Persons interested in any of these positions should contact the Recreational Sports Office at 940-565-2275. To apply for any open positions, contact the Career Center. UNT is an equal opportunity employer.

The Rec Sports office is located in the Pohl Recreation Center. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm. To contact Recreational Sports call 940-565-2275.