January Newsletter

Wed, 25 January 2017 / Published in District VII News

It was great to see all our members that attended the AFCA Convention in Nashville. Matt and Dan did a great job again. I learned a lot there.
We have three great candidates for the Knight-Pickard Equipment Manager of the Year for District VII. They are: Tyler Balltierras from the University of Colorado; Louis Sandoval from New Mexico State University ; and Chad Widmer from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Their bio's follow. Please send your vote to Justin Shaw our Treasurer. His e-mail address is: [email protected] Let's keep voting open till February 10th. I have to submit the winner for the Glenn Sharp on the 14th , please vote. Everyone can vote for the Knight-Pickard Award.
I would like to welcome a new member to the District VII Family. He is Jordan Bowden who is with the Dallas Mavericks. So if you see Jordan give him a warm District VII welcome. JORDAN WELCOME TO THE FAMILY. If you need anything please feel free to contact me.
Kenyatta Wright has contact me from SafeTackle and asked if he could help out with the cost of putting on a District meeting. I would like your feedback. What Cities, other sponsors that would like to help ,what month would be good, or is this to much since most of you have conference meeting. I would like to do this in 2018. I also added a brief description of SafeTackle.

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Player contact rules on the practice field are now limited, and tackle practice at home is typically non-existent. However, SafeTackle allows both individual and team practice at virtually any location, and at anytime.
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I also have some wonderful news to pass onto you. Kelli Riccardi ,who used to work at Rice not so long ago, had a baby boy. They named him Samuel. CONGRATS, sorry I do not know your married name. Enjoy every moment with him, they grow up so fast. I think that is it for now. Check the national website for National news. Also, remember to turn in any CEU'S to Victor. We are having a conference call on February 14th, so if there is anything that is concerning you and I need to bring it up to the board please let me know. I have to get it on the agenda. On a final note it is an election year for District VII. If you would like to run or nominated anyone for District Director,Treasurer, or if we need to add any positions to our district, just let me know. If you need anything from me please feel free to contact me. Talk to you next month. Take care. The three candidates Bio's follow.

Louis Sandoval

Tyler Baltierras is in his fourth year as a member of the University of Colorado equipment staff, his third as a full-time employee as he was hired on April 8, 2013. He works primarily with the football program as the top assistant under director J.T. Galloway.

Baltierras, 27, joined the department as an intern in the equipment office in the summer of 2012, initially working with just the football program. Once hired full-time, his duties expanded; he still worked with football, but added the spirit squads to his duties, along with managing the needs of several areas within the athletic department, including academics, alumni, marketing, the Buff Club and Buffalo Sports Properties.

A 2012 graduate of the Metro State University in Denver, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Professions, with an emphasis on Recreation Management. While a student at Metro, he worked as a student equipment manager for the Buffaloes, starting as a sophomore and doing so through his senior year.

He was born November 11, 1987 in Boulder, and graduated from Monarch High School (Louisville, Colo.), where he earned two letters playing baseball (outfield). His hobbies include golfing, working out and collecting sneakers (he has over 55 pair).

Louis Sandoval is in his 28th season as New Mexico State's equipment manager. Sandoval, a 1989 graduate of NMSU, was the Aggies' chief equipment manager for several years as an undergraduate. He is a member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association. In 1992, Sandoval became the first equipment manager in the state of New Mexico to be certified by the AEMA.
Sandoval was the Vice President for District VII from 2002 to 2011 for the AEMA. Since 2012, he is the current District VII Director. In 2008, Sandoval hosted a workshop at the AEMA Convention in Dallas, Texas, dealing with packing for an off-site two-a-day preseason camp. He also participated in and ran the Back to Basic workshop at convention that same year and placed five times at the workshop Helpful Hints. He was also a judge for Helpful Hints. Sandoval was named the District VII Equipment Manager of year in 2005 and 2016. Louis was a finalist for the National Equipment Manager of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
Sandoval earned his bachelor of accountancy and bachelor of business administration-finance degrees from NMSU in May 1989. He graduated from Aztec High School in Aztec, N.M. Hobbies include running, watching NASCAR, coaching summer baseball, and doing activities with his church. Louis is married and has a twelve year old named Landon.

Chad Widmer is in his 19th season as the equipment manager for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor athletic department. He started his career working as a student equipment manager for the football program and worked his way into a full-time position as the school's Inventory/Supply Manager, a job created to take advantage of Widmer's talents and abilities. He also assists with Football Operations on road trips in addition to his equipment duties. Widmer is responsible for all laundry, ordering and equipment budgeting for the 400+ student-athletes in the Cru athletic department. He also has served as a color commentator on basketball broadcasts, he has done the play by play for the Cru baseball and softball teams, and as an announcer and statistician at home baseball and softball games. Widmer has been the equipment manager for 13 American Southwest Conference Championship football teams, 14 NCAA postseason qualifying teams, 4 National Semifinalists, the 2004 National runner-up and the 2016 NCAA National Championship during his tenure at UMHB. He also has work experience with the Taylor Independent School District and in the equipment office for Baylor University football program where he was a part of the 1992 John Hancock Sun Bowl and the 1994 Builder's Square Alamo Bowl.

Widmer has been a member of the American Equipment Manager's Association (AEMA) for 17 years and became certified in 2006. Currently he serves as that organization's National Membership Chairman. He has been a presenter at AEMA on panels dealing with helmets and shoulder pads, helmets fitting and handling travel concerns. He also helps lead a Division III session every year at his convention. He is a 7 time Knight Pickard District VII Equipment Manager of the Year nominee which encompasses the states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado.

Widmer graduated from UMHB in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with an emphasis in Missions. He minored in business administration. Widmer and his wife, Kelli, were married in June of 2011 and are active members of Bethel Church in Temple Texas where they oversee the Welcome Center, lead in Bible Studies, lead small groups for their College Ministry and serve as Altar Workers. Chad is a licensed minister and allows that to reflect in his job, home and personal life. He and his wife hold a bi-monthly meetings in their home for college students for food, fellowship and to a model Christ's love. Widmer has spent his summers chaperoning church youth at summer camp and from 2006-2010 he worked with a summer mission to Saltillo and Galena, Mexico. Widmer was on staff at a camp during the summers of 1999 and 2000, during the summer of 2001 he traveled around the Texas Panhandle leading in Revivals at different churches.