Director of Equipment
Nick Determan, a graduate of Iowa State University, is in his 10th year with the Army Athletic Association and serves as Director of Equipment.
In his role, Determan is responsible for outfitting in excess of 1,000 NCAA cadet-athletes, a budget of more than $1,000,000 and oversees Army's relationship with Nike as part of its exclusive contract.
A 2003 graduate of Iowa State with a degree in Sport Management, Determan supervises a staff of seven full-time equipment managers and 100 student-managers. His primary focus is spent with the Black Knights' football team fitting, outfitting and repairing any and all equipment for a roster of more than 150 players. In addition, he is responsible for equipment and gear for players, coaches and staff for away games and Army's custom 53-foot semi trailer. He was promoted to his current position in 2005.
Determan was hired at West Point as an Assistant Equipment Manager in December 2004 and oversaw a staff of 25 student managers while introducing a scanning inventory system. His day-to-day responsibilities focused on football and its roster of 200-plus players. In addition, he worked daily with coaches, trainers and staff on a variety of football issues while organizing practices, the equipment room, storage room and player lockers.
In his current role, Determan is responsible for the massive equipment room housed inside the Kimsey Center, including its state-of-the-art rolling storage system and laundry center. He works closely with Nike on the design of all school-issued clothing, including uniforms and footballs and has oversight of Army's contract with the Oregon-based Nike.
Before coming to Army, Determan worked as an Associate Equipment Manager with the Dallas Cowboys. His NFL duties included issuing, laundering, repairing and collecting equipment from all players, coaches and staff, spotting team drills at all practices while working with individual position coaches, setting up and breaking down field equipment for practice, travel logistics including semi trailer, game day set-up of locker rooms and sidelines, inventory control, data entry and sideline equipment repairs.
Determan began his career while a student at Iowa State where he was an Intern Associate for Athletic Equipment Operations, Interim Head Equipment Manager and Football Equipment Manager during his four years in Ames, Iowa. His experiences included working with coaches, administrators, athletes and staff, coordinating of inventory, maintenance, repair and fit of all equipment for the Cyclones' football team and equipment needs and event planning for road contests.
Determan's work is also recognized nationally. For each of the last four years, he has been selected as the Head Equipment Manager for the annual East vs. West Shrine Game, a position that works closely with football players from across the country.
A certified member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association, Determan is also a member of the National Athletic Equipment Managers Association and the American Football Coaches Association.
Determan has collected a host of honors during his career and been a part of four bowl games, most recently the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl where Army beat SMU. A two-time Manager of the Year at Iowa State, he was awarded an athletic scholarship during all four of his years at Iowa State while serving two terms as head student manager. He was presented with the Department of the Army Distinguished Award for Excellence in 2008.
Determan and his wife Tracy reside at West Point with their children, Trice and Ecyla.