Zack Gatwood enters his second season as the assistant equipment manager for the Golden Eagles.
In this capacity, Gatwood also manages the equipment needs of women's soccer, softball and men's and women's tennis and golf. In addition to assisting with football, he also lends his talents to the baseball team.
With football, Gatwood helps director Patrick Stewart outfit the Golden Eagles in the most up-to-date shoulder pads, helmets, jerseys, gloves, cleats and more for both games and practices. He also keeps department inventory and sets up game day operations on the sidelines with his staff of student workers.
Gatwood, a native of Petal, Miss., served as the graduate assistant in the department for two years while completing his master's degree work in sport management. During his time in graduate school, Gatwood also garnered the 2011-12 award for the Most Outstanding Student in the Human Performance and Recreation department.
Prior to his appointment as the graduate assistant, Gatwood was an undergraduate student worker for four years while working on his bachelor's degree at the University, also in sports management.
In 2008, as an undergrad, Gatwood spent two months working on an internship with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars in the team's equipment room.
Gatwood is the son of Johnny and Carolyn Gatwood, both avid tailgaters and fans of the Golden Eagles.