Penn State has found its replacement for the legendary Spider Caldwell — the program announced the addition of Jay Takach to become the next equipment manager, as first reported by the Centre Daily Times. Takach was the assistant athletic director for equipment operations at the University of Houston for nine years and worked there for 10.
In his role at Houston, he was responsible for the oversight of the 13 managers who equipped 17 sports teams. Also, he managed Houston’s relationship with Nike, the same provider for Penn State. Success accompanied Takach wherever he went — counting his three years working at Virginia Tech, teams of which he was a part went to 12 bowl games. He is a Michigan State graduate with a Master’s degree in health and physical education from Virginia Tech.
He has big shoes to fill, as Spider was a beloved sight in Penn State’s equipment offices for 31 years prior to his summer retirement. Chron.com did a little feature on what an average day was like for Takach as Houston made the switch to Nike as its equipment provider, which you can check out here. Takach also oversaw a few uniform alterations at Houston, including these all-black Halloween ones.