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.
Eight Gophers Advance to NCAA Championship
5/28/2016 - W. Track
Minnesota's eight NCAA Championship qualifiers matches the most in program history.
4x400 Squad Qualifies for NCAA Championships
5/28/2016 - M. Track
The No. 16 University of Minnesota men's track & field program will send six competitors to the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships next month in Oregon.
Pitching Coach Todd Oakes Passes Away At 55
5/26/2016 - Baseball
Minnesota assistant baseball coach Todd Oakes passed away today after a courageous and public battle with leukemia. Oakes, who coached the Minnesota pitching staff, was 55.