Shane Vernarsky enters his second season at the Tribe’s head athletic equipment manager.
In his position, he organizes and manages a student work force and is responsible for all inventory and coordination of field use for the football program. He also is responsible for the stewardship of all the team’s various vendor contracts, including the squad’s Nike deal.
Vernarsky was recently recognized for his outstanding work when he was honored as a national finalist for the Raw Athletics Equipment Manager of the Year in 2014.
Vernarsky came to the W&M after serving as an assistant equipment manager at James Madison, as he worked with the program’s football and basketball teams.
Prior to joining the Dukes’ staff, he worked as a student equipment manager at San Jose State University from 2006-11. In addition to assuming the role of head student manager in 2007, he was part of the SJSU football team’s New Mexico Bowl victory and served as an intern with Team USA Football.
Vernarsky got his start at College of the Desert Community College, where he served as an equipment manager from 2003-06.
A 2011 graduate of San Jose State University, Vernarsky earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in sports management and a minor in business.
Vernarsky has been a member of the Athletic Equipment Manager Association since 2007 and earned his Athletic Equipment Manager Certification (E.M.C.) in 2012.
The native of Palm Springs, Calif., currently resides in Williamsburg.