Mike Lantry, 1972
There have been two long serving head equipment managers here. Henry Hatch and Jon Falk.
Feb. 12, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan Associate Athletic Director Darryl Conway announced Wednesday (Feb. 12) the hiring of Brad Berlin as the Director of Equipment Operations for the athletic department. Berlin joins the Michigan family after spending the past 13 years with the Washington Redskins (2001-14).
Berlin will oversee the equipment operations for all 31 athletic teams. He will direct seven full-time equipment managers that report directly to him.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family," said Berlin. "To be able to come to Ann Arbor and help contribute to the storied tradition and history of Michigan Athletics is the chance of a lifetime. I look forward to taking the equipment operations of the department to the next level and winning many championships."
"We are excited to have Brad join our Michigan Athletics family in a leadership role as Director of Equipment Operations," said Conway. "Brad brings a wealth of experience from the collegiate and professional ranks and will provide great management and direction to our equipment operations."
Berlin brings 21 years of equipment management experience to his position at Michigan. He has spent the past 13 years with the Washington Redskins after stints at the University of Louisville (2000-01), University of Missouri (1998-2000), Colorado State University (1994-98) and Utah State University (1992-94).
With Washington, Berlin directed the equipment, apparel and on-field needs of the organization. Berlin was responsible for facilitating compliance of NFL on-field licensee rules for all players and staff and managed athlete endorsement contracts that pertained to shoe and apparel companies. He also worked to maintain positive relations with all equipment vendors and manufacturers while working with an internal group to ensure the safety and well-being of the athletes. Berlin managed two full-time assistants and seasonal help with the Redskins organization.
Prior to joining the equipment profession, Berlin spent one year as a programming intern at ESPN (1991). He conducted research and compiled information pertaining to MLB, college basketball and football. Berlin also generated data to support the network's expansion plans which eventually became ESPN2.
Not really OT, as he was thought to be looking heavily at Michigan, but was lamented for choosing FSU for academic reasons. This may in fact be the first ever documented case of baseless internet conjecture being proven wrong. We knew that already, but it is interesting to get a more detailed look.
This is my second SBNation link of the day, but I promise I don't see any kickbacks from it.
"I wanted to look for a school that I enjoyed watching [play football] first. But I wanted the school to accept all my AP credits. Also, do they have a medical school on campus?" When Rolle met Garrett Johnson, a Florida State University alum, champion shot putter and Rhodes Scholar, he found a school that demonstrated it had the capacity to allow him to do both. He graduated a semester early from Hun and started at Florida State in January of 2006.
Sounds like Michigan was probably pretty close to meeting his requisites as well. Wish we could have had a guy like him to embody the program.
SBNation has released their all-important All-Name Team for 2015:
I see a few potential Wolverines on that list. My leaders in the clubhouse for NOTY would be, in order:
1. Emanuel McGirt, OL out of NC
2. Zach Morris, DL out of GA
3. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR out of CA
4. Chance Thrasher, QB out of GA
5. Nicholas Czar, DL out of IL
I spoke with 2016 ATH Daelin Hayes last night and he told me that he will not be in Ann Arbor this upcoming weekend for the Wisconsin game.
That sounds like a bad thing but it sounds like it was with good reason. Coach Singletary asked Daelin and his mother to come to Ann Arbor the following weekend for the Junior Day event against Michigan State. Coach Singletary told Daelin that it would be in his best interest because it would be more personalized and give him a better opportunity to get some 1 on 1 time with the staff.
That sounds pretty promising for Daelin and with Sparty having offered already I wouldn't be surprised if he was offered by Michigan during that weekend visit.
I've been working on a list of roughly 70 prospects from the state of Michigan who have Division I potential. You'll find heights, weights, rankings, 40 times, offers, short scouting reports, etc. for all of them. I think this 2015 class has fewer high end prospects (like McDowell, Webb, Harris, etc.) than some other recent classes, but there look to be a few more Iowa, Indiana, and Purdue-level players scattered throughout the state than last year.
“We don’t run into much of any negative recruiting around here as SEC coaches,” Spurrier said. “We were involved with a player who was being recruited by a Big Ten school. They got negative a little bit with ‘There’s a lot of crime in Columbia, the big city. They don’t graduate their players,’ which was completely untrue. They searched for a little bit of everything but the player came with us anyways.”
I don't have a problem with "negative" recruiting. That being said I am really curious about this incident. I am guessing Urban but that could just be me hating Urban.
The main issue is the age of coaches. I don't know how much age plays a role in recruiting or negative recruiting but I see how the coach being your Granddad's age could make you wonder if e is retiring soon.