Cavalier Corner

February 2014

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CAVALIERSPORTS behind the scenes HEAD EQUIPMENT MANAGER BRAD GASKILL Since 2011, Brad Gaskill has served as the head equip"Brad is a valuable member of our team," Bennett said. ment manager for the men's and women's basketball and "He does a great job taking care of our equipment needs swimming and diving teams. and has a great rapport with our staff and players." After graduating from Xavier Gaskill notes that most of University, the Columbus, Ohio, his work with the swimming native began his journey as an and diving teams is done equipment manager as an inbefore the season starts. tern with the NFL's Indianapolis Basketball is another matter. Colts. His first position at UVa Managing both the men's came in 2008 as a member of and women's teams means the football equipment staff. more often than not one In his current position, Gaskill team is usually playing in the is responsible for coordinating John Paul Jones Arena while the distribution, collection and the other is traveling. When a maintenance of basketball team has an extended road equipment. This also includes trip where it might be playpractice gear, game uniforms, ing two games without rewarm-ups, travel suits and turning to Charlottesville in shoes. He also is in charge between, Gaskill has to work of ordering uniforms from with other schools' equipcompanies such as Nike and ment staffs to ensure the Speedo and inventorying the availability of laundry faciliassets. It also entails doing lots Gaskill is responsible for coordinating the ties for the team. and lots of laundry. Though enjoying his curdistribution, collection and maintenance of Gaskill said what he enjoys basketball equipment. rent role, Gaskill is looking to PHOTO BY MATT RILEY/COURTESY UVA develop his career in college most about the job is being a part of his teams' success and feeling a family-type atmo- athletics administration further. sphere with the student-athletes and the staff. "I think when you look down the road with my career "Being a part of the team and feeling a sense that even aspirations, I do have a passion for collegiate athletics though it's behind the scenes and not everyone sees and am hopefully working toward a larger role on the what's going on, the athletes have an appreciation for administration side," he said. "I love what I'm doing, but what I do is really special for me," he said. you always want to further your career, and if it's in colThe players aren't the only people that appreciate the legiate athletics administration, that's really something effort, and men's basketball head coach Tony Bennett is I'd enjoy pursuing." one. — Greg Waters i10-13.V-Sports.indd 1 1/16/14 2:23 PM

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