Jan. 6, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State Director of Athletic Equipment Mike Bair has been recognized as the 2010 District 8 Athletic Equipment Managers of America (AEMA) Equipment Manager of the Year.
District 8 is comprised of Athletic Equipment Managers in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Bair was selected for the award by the District 8 committee, headed by Dale Holse of Boise State.
"Mike is a one-man operation, he works really hard and does a great job. Often times he's under-appreciated, so it's great that his peers recognize his hard work with this award," said Dale Mildenberger, USU Senior Associate Athletic Director for Support Services.
Bair is now a candidate for the national honor, the Glenn Sharp Award, which will be chosen by an AEMA committee, headed by AEMA President Mike Royster, assistant athletic director for athletic facilities and equipment at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. The Glenn Sharp Award has been presented each year since 1978, and will be presented to this year's recipient at the AEMA national convention, June 6-10 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Bair, who is in his 14th year at USU, is the sixth equipment manager for USU since 1956, and he services all 16 sports with athletic equipment, uniforms and clothing, while also supervising student managers for many of the sports. He served on the Schutt Sports Athletic Council in 2004 and 2005. Bair has also served as the District 8 AEMA Continuing Education Committee Chairperson since June 2004, also serving on the Education Committee from 1999-2001.
A Lewiston, Utah native, Bair graduated from Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah and Utah State with a business management degree in 1995. Prior to coming to USU, Bair worked in the sporting goods industry doing retail and team sales
Away from the equipment room, Bair is a volunteer youth baseball and basketball coach, as well as serving in a Church Leadership group with both youth and adults since 1987.
He and his wife, the former Michelle Parker, have three children, Makayla (16), Nicholas (14) and Adelynn (5).
The Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) was started in 1974 with a handful of equipment managers concerned with the manner in which sport participants were equipped. These initial few have grown into a national organization of over 900 members, including male and female equipment managers from High Schools to Colleges and Universities to the Professional Sports.
The purpose of the AEMA is to promote, advance, and improve the Equipment Managers Profession in all of its many phases. One goal is to work as a group to bring about equipment improvements for the greater safety of all participants in sports and recreation. Members of the AEMA enjoy the opportunity to meet fellow equipment managers, share ideas, and learn more efficient techniques to help improve their work place.
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