Ferris State names new athletics equipment manager



BIG RAPIDS — A Michigan native will return to his home state as Ferris State University named Ben Mackey the school’s new athletics equipment manager on Thursday.

Mackey has spent the past five-plus years as the manager of athletic equipment services at Bowdoin College in Maine. He brings more than 13 years of experience in collegiate athletics equipment rooms. He will replace longtime FSU equipment manager Ben Mumah, who retired in June after 33 years holding the position.

Mackey will begin Aug. 1.

“We’re thrilled to announce the appointment of Ben Mackey to this important role on our staff as we approach another academic and athletic year at Ferris State,” FSU Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger said. “He brings considerable experience and skill to this position and will be a valuable member of our administrative team in the years to come.”

While at Bowdoin, Mackey has managed all aspects of athletic equipment needs for 31 NCAA Division III varsity programs in addition to club, junior varsity, staff and student organizations. His duties have included purchasing apparel and equipment from vendors, along with fitting athletes in uniforms and gear with an emphasis on football, ice hockey and lacrosse.

“I’m excited about returning to Michigan and becoming part of the Bulldog family,” Mackey said. “One of my favorite aspects of working in collegiate athletics is working with exceptional students, coaches and staff. I know those people are in place at Ferris State and am looking forward to the opportunity.”

The Athletic Equipment Managers Association member also has served as an administrator for the department of student affairs during his tenure at Bowdoin. Along with his role at Bowdoin, Mackey has coordinated apparel sales for merchandise at several NCAA postseason events and has experience working in the locker room and on the sideline for the New England Patriots.

A Houghton Lake native, Mackey earned his bachelor’s degree in general education from Saginaw Valley State University. While at SVSU, he began his athletic equipment career as a student assistant before moving into the role of head equipment manager for football at the fellow Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference institution.

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