John Blackshear has been part of the Golden Gopher athletic equipment staff since 1983 and handles all equipment duties for the Gopher baseball, soccer, men's and women's golf and softball teams.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Blackshear earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and coaching from the University of Minnesota in 1989. He became a Certified Athletic Equipment Manager in 2004.
Blackshear and his son, John Jr., currently reside in southwest Minneapolis.
Gophers Set to Host NCAA Tourney
12/1/2016 - W. Volleyball
Minnesota secured the overall No. 2 seed and will begin NCAA competition, Dec. 2, when it hosts the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
Celestin, Lingen, Smith Named 2017 Captains
12/1/2016 - Football
Tight end Brandon Lingen, linebacker Jonathan Celestin and running back Rodney Smith with captain the Gophers in 2017.
Gophers Open B10 Play with OSU
11/30/2016 - M. Ice Hockey
Minnesota enters the weekend with a 24-3-1 all-time record against Ohio State after winning all five meetings during the 2015-16 season.