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 Take Border Battle over Wisconsin
1/15/2017 - Wrestling
A walk-off win at 174 pounds for Chris Pfarr sealed the fifth straight win for Minnesota in its long-time rivalry with its neighbors to the east, and eighth in the last nine meetings
Lettieri's Hat Trick Leads `U' to Sweep
1/14/2017 - M. Ice Hockey
The Gophers have now won six-straight games (tying the school record in the Big Ten era) and eight of the last nine contests.
Gophers Place First in Quad Meet
1/14/2017 - W. Gymnastics
Minnesota placed first with a score of 194.900 at a quad meet against Arizona (193.225), Maryland (192.350) and Alaska Anchorage (188.175).