Lenny Brown was named VMI's Director of Athletics Equipment & Services on January 18, 2016. He replaced Jimmy Mason who served 35 years as VMI Head Equipment Manager and retired following the conclusion of the 2015 football season in late November.
Brown oversees all aspects of VMI Athletics equipment and apparel, and works closely with the football program. Brown supervises equipment acquisition, design, inventory and repair, and will assist the VMI coaching staff with the design and selection of uniforms. Brown will also coordinate and supervise laundry services as well as oversee the fulfillment of footwear and apparel contracts.
Brown came to VMI from Iowa State University where he served as Assistant Director of Equipment Operations since 2012. Brown implemented Cyclones Athletics purchase orders though Nike Gameday and other vendors, supervised twelve student managers and three laundry workers, executed the assembly, fitting and repair of athletic equipment for all athletes, and served as Social Media Director for Iowa State Equipment Operations. He also assisted in travel and practice operations and including bowl game activities.
Brown also served a 13-month stint at American University from July, 2011 through August, 2012 where he was Assistant Equipment Manager and oversaw the equipment and clothing distribution of 16 varsity sports.
Brown received a B.S. in Apparel, Housing and Resource Management and later earned a Master’s in Education in Health Promotion from Virginia Tech. Brown was a three-time qualifier for the Athletic Directors Honor Roll and was also a Dean’s List Student. He was recognized as 2010 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
While at Virginia Tech, Brown served as a graduate assistant for the Hokies football program from 2009 through May, 2011 and assisted in many aspects of the equipment operations including student manager work assignments, visiting team equipment liaison, equipment and clothing distribution, and testing prototype equipment and footwear for Nike.
Brown is a certified member of the Athletic Equipment Mangers Association (AEMA).