June 13, 2013
Greg Morgenthaler, Naval Academy Assistant Athletic Director for Equipment Operations, was named the 2013 winner of the Glenn Sharp Award, which is given to the Equipment Manger of the Year by the Athletic Equipment Manager’s Association of America. The award was presented at the Athletic Equipment Manager’s annual convention in Las Vegas, Nev.
The award recognizes equipment managers for their outstanding work, dedication and involvement in the AEMA. It is named after longtime Bowling Green State University equipment manager Glenn Sharp, who died in 2000. AEMA was started in 1974 by a handful of equipment managers concerned about the manner in which athletes were equipped. Since its inception, the organization has grown into a national association with more than 1,000 members.
“This is great news and everyone is so pleased for Greg and proud of this recognition,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “Our collective thanks to the Athletic Equipment Manager’s Association of America for honoring someone our administration, coaches and midshipmen have always known to be the best in the profession.”
Morgenthaler is entering his 11th season at the Naval Academy and his ninth as the Assistant Athletic Director for Equipment Operations.
He came to the Naval Academy from Sacred Heart, where he served as Equipment Coordinator for three years. A 1998 graduate of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in education, Morgenthaler was a student manager with the Jayhawk football team that won the 1995 Aloha Bowl.
Morgenthaler began his career as an equipment manager intern at Virginia. He then served as a graduate assistant equipment manager at Oklahoma, while working on his Master’s degree in athletic administration.
Upon leaving Oklahoma, Morgenthaler had a brief stint as head equipment manager in the defunct Spring Professional Football League for the San Antonio Matadors.
Morgenthaler is a certified member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) and was the District Director for District 2 in 2009 and was the District 2 Equipment Manager of the Year in 2010. He is also a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).