June 16, 2008
Florida State has announced the hiring of new equipment manager for football Darin Kerns. An 18-year veteran of the NFL, Kerns replaces longtime equipment manager Dave Delegal who accepted a job outside of college athletics.
Kerns began his career at the collegiate level in 1987, working as a student manager at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 1989, he moved on to the NFL, working for the Kansas City Chiefs as an assistant equipment manager through 1996. During his time with the Chiefs, Kerns was honored as the team’s 1992 Employee of the Year. He would serve as head equipment manager for the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in the spring of 1996.
Following his work with the Chiefs, Kerns joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and worked for Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy as the head equipment manager in 1997. While with the Bucs, he was selected by NFL Properties to assist at the 1999 Pro Bowl and was selected by his peers as the NFC Central representative for NFL equipment managers. Kerns continued to work in the NFL as an equipment manager until joining the staff at the University of Minnesota for the 2007 season.
Kerns implemented the latest technology available in the helmet industry for the Gopher football team last season by using Riddell’s Head Impact Telemetry System, which allows the medical staff to be able to record specific data using sensors put inside of the team’s helmets.
A native of Marshall, Mo., Kerns graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from UMKC in 1991. His family includes his daughter, Carly (9).