• Darin Kerns is in his eighth season at Florida State as the head equipment manager for football. He has been a key member of the support staff for the Seminoles during the team’s rise back to the top of college football.
• Kerns is one of the behind-the-scenes staff members who makes sure every aspect of a practice or a game runs smoothly. He and his staff are in charge of uniforms, equipment, the locker room and practice set-up among several other responsibilities for the FSU football team.
• The 2013 BCS National Championship was the peak of a longtime equipment career in the professional and collegiate ranks for Kerns. He was an 18-year veteran as an equipment manager in the NFL, having held jobs with the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens. Kerns continued to work in the NFL as an equipment manager until joining the staff at the University of Minnesota for the 2007 season.
• A native of Marshall, Mo., Kerns graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from UMKC in 1991. He has one daughter, Carly.