Paul Bys enters his 15th season as senior equipment manager at the University of Massachusetts. He is involved with all athletic equipment purchasing, budgeting, reconditioning, uniform sizing, maintenance and inventory control. In addition, he oversees all game day preparations for equipment and locker room facilities for all home and away games.
Bys is certified by the Athletic Equipment Manager's Association and is a member of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Prior to coming to UMass, Bys spent 25 years in the food service industry at Shop-Rite supermarkets. During this tenure, he held management positions in Springfield, Mass.; Holyoke, Mass.; and Manchester, Conn., prior to his retirement in January of 1994.
A 1971 graduate of Chicopee High School, he earned his associate's degree in law enforcement at Holyoke Community College in 1973. A resident of Feeding Hills, Mass., Bys and his wife, Donna, have one daughter, Alyssa, who graduated from UMass with a Bachelors of Science in Human Nutrition in May 2005.
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