Kris Young begins his 12th year in the Colorado State athletic department. He originally joined the staff on July 17, 2000.
In the spring of 2011, the Athletic Equipment Managers Association honored Young with the Glenn Sharp Award as the best in his field, and the honor's regional prerequisite, the Knight-Pickard Award.
Young administers Colorado State's athletic equipment needs for each of its 16 intercollegiate sports. He works primarily with football and golf, and oversees one full-time staff member, a graduate intern, and several student-assistants. From bidding and ordering to outfitting, cleaning, repair, inventory and maintenance, he and his staff are accountable for the attire, footwear, protective gear, on-field practice equipment, and customized accessories for CSU's 500 combined student-athletes and coaches. He also supervises the transportation of the Rams' football equipment to and from road trips.
Young and his staff work tirelessly to provide student-athletes equipment designed for ultimate protection and safety during practice and competition. In hot weather, he utilizes various moisture-wicking clothing to help prevent heat-related health issues, and during winter periods he's ready with cold-weather gear.
All of Young's efforts are focused on providing student-athletes an opportunity to compete at the highest level possible, while utilizing the finest equipment available.
Promoted to head equipment manager in the summer of 2005, Young initially came to Fort Collins as the Rams' assistant equipment manager prior the 2000-01 academic year. His sport responsibilities in that role were men's and women's basketball, volleyball, track and field, tennis, swimming and diving, softball, and men's and women's golf.
Before his CSU tenure, Young was interim head equipment manager at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (2000). As an undergraduate at UTC, he was a student assistant in the Mocs' equipment room, sports information office and athletic training room, where he also assisted with team travel.
During his time in Chattanooga, Young played an important postseason role in several NCAA and conference events, such as the 2000 softball regional, the 2000 women's NIT and the 1997-99 Division I-AA national football championship games. He also assisted with football team travel.
A 2000 graduate of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Young owns a bachelor's degree in sports administration. Certified by the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA), he also is the organization's District VII director and a member of the board.
Born in Gadsden, Ala., he graduated from Hokes Bluff (Ala.) High School. Young is single and lives in Fort Collins.