Michigan Football Support Staff: Equipment Staff

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Gary Hazelitt

Director of Equipment Operations

Gary Hazelitt enters his first season as the Director of Equipment Operations for Michigan Athletics. Hazelitt oversees the equipment operations for the athletic department with his primary duties centering on the day-to-day administration of the football program.

Hazelitt came to Ann Arbor after spending 16 years as the head equipment manager at Stanford University, where he managed the purchasing, fitting, maintenance and distribution of equipment for the entire Stanford athletic department, with a primary focus on the football program.

Hazelitt was the head equipment manager at San Jose State (1990-99) and an assistant equipment manager at Cal State Fullerton (1983-89) prior to his appointment at Stanford.

He is a certified member of the Athletic Equipment Manager's Association (AEMA). Hazelitt earned his degree from Cal State Fullerton in 1984.

Hazelitt and his wife, LuAnn, reside in Ann Arbor. They have two daughters, Bethany and Abby.

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Sonny Anderson

Head Equipment Manager

Sonny Anderson is in his first season as the head equipment manager with the Michigan football program after serving as the assistant equipment manager during the 2015 season. He is responsible for organizing and maintaining equipment, apparel and footwear inventory and is also in charge of all helmet fitting, repairs and maintenance.

Anderson spent most of his undergraduate years at Northern Michigan University, where he was a four-year letterwinner playing football while earning his degree in Business Management (2007). He earned All-Conference honors and the team's Running Back of the Year award (2005) before going on to be named Team Captain in his senior season (2007).

After one season as an assistant equipment manager at NMU, Anderson spent the 2008 NFL season in an equipment management internship role with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization. He went on to receive his AEMA Athletic Equipment Certification in July of 2015.

Anderson resides in Ann Arbor with his wife, Paige and son, Walter.

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Brett McGiness

Assistant Equipment Manager

Brett McGiness is in his 11th season as an assistant equipment manager for Michigan football. He started as an intern for the 2004 and 2005 seasons and began working full-time in the spring of 2006.

His responsibilities include on-field maintenance of football equipment as well as inventorying and issuing apparel. He also serves as the equipment manager for both men's and women's tennis programs in addition to the wrestling team.

A native of Lake City, Michigan, McGiness graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports studies (2005). He was a student manager for the Chippewa football team for five seasons during his time in Mt. Pleasant. McGiness currently resides in Ann Arbor.

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Kori Reblin

Equipment Assistant

Kori Reblin is in his second season with the Michigan football program, having spent the 2015 campaign as an equipment manager intern before being promoted to his current role as assistant equipment manager for the 2016 season. His responsibilities include construction and disassembly of the locker room at home and road games, on-field communication with the head coach during games and directing student equipment managers, among others.

Reblin has been in Ann Arbor since 2013 and also spent time as an equipment manager with the Michigan Field Hockey team during the 2014-15 seasons. He completed his undergraduate studies in the spring of 2016, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport Management from U-M and then earning his AEMA Certification. Reblin resides in Canton, Michigan.