An athletic equipment manager is responsible for all new and used athletics supplies of a team. He is in charge of maintaining, ordering and inventorying equipment and apparel.
Duties and responsibilities of an athletic equipment manager include procuring, supervising, and maintaining inventories, such as all athletic uniform and equipment of a specific athletic team. Athletic equipment managers provide storage area for all athletic equipment, oversee the fitting and necessary adjustments needed for uniforms and equipment of team players; and supervise laundry and locker room maintenance. They are also in charge of ensuring uniforms and athletic equipments are clean and well stocked. Athletic equipment managers supervise the transportation of athletic equipment to off-campus events, oversee the proper setup of equipment in both home and out-of-town games of the team, and ensure the availability of equipments and uniforms at all times. Athletic equipment managers also hire and supervise athletic equipment staff, work closely with coaching staff, buy supplies and equipments, inspect and repair damaged equipments, accompany teams on trips, and prepare budget estimates for equipment.
Education and Training Requirements
A high school diploma is the minimum educational requirement for an aspiring athletic equipment manager. In order to be employed with the more popular and professional athletic teams, significant experience and some level of training may be necessary. Some employers may require the manager to have a valid driver’s license.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements
An athletic equipment manager must be familiar with all the organization’s policies and procedures and possess knowledge on how to play the sport his athletic team is involved in, since he/she would be addressing the needs and specifications of the team. He must be able to possess communication, mathematical and some sort of computer skills. They must be well organized and be able to get along with many people.
Heavy lifting and carrying may be required of athletic equipment managers as they will be in charge of the transportation, assembling and disassembling of certain equipments. He will be constantly exposed to outdoor weather conditions with noise levels in moderation. Travel along with their team is required for most athletic equipment managers. Working hours will depend on the team’s practice schedule as well as team’s game schedule. Some equipment may be dangerous to work with which means that managers should take precautionary measures.
An athletic equipment manager’s salary averages an annual $35,000. Their salaries depend greatly on whether they work for a professional team or a local high school team. The team they are working for may also provide benefits and other types of compensation.