Jan. 30, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Longtime University of Michigan assistant equipment manager Dave Marich passed away today (Thursday, Jan. 30). Marich was a full-time equipment manager for multiple athletic teams since 1985.
An Ann Arbor native, Marich started his career in the equipment profession in 1977. He was the head student manager for the ice hockey team at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School from 1977-80 before arriving on campus at Michigan. Marich worked with the hockey program as the team's head student manager from 1980-85 before director of athletics Don Canham and equipment manager Jon Falk hired him in August 1985.
Marich started his tenure as a full-time equipment manager with the hockey and baseball programs (1985-89) before taking on a larger role handling equipment needs for 11 Olympic sports teams. He was responsible for the acquisition and distribution of apparel for men's and women's cross country, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's tennis, women's soccer, volleyball and rowing.
Marich earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 1985, majoring in physical education with a minor in psychology. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Marich and his wife, Maureen, have a son, Brice, and a daughter, Bree.
Comments from U-M Athletic Department Personnel
"Dave was a loyal and hard-working member of the Michigan Athletics team, and he will be missed by everyone associated with our department." -- Dave Brandon, Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics
"I hired Dave Marich in 1985 to be equipment manager for ice hockey and baseball. He progressed to become the equipment manager for our women's sports teams to the current role overseeing 11 teams. Dave was a man that you could trust and he was a dedicated worker. On many occasions he would come to see me when staff would turn over and would always tell me, 'You can count on me because I'm going to be a lifer here at Michigan.' Dave will be missed and it will be hard to replace a dedicated individual that cared so much for Michigan Athletics." -- Jon Falk, Retiring Head Equipment Manager
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