Jon Falk - FORTY YEARS IN THE BIG HOUSE: MICHIGAN TALES FROM MY FOUR DECADES AS A WOLVERINE
Jon Falk is in his 40th season as the head equipment manager for the Michigan football program. He is responsible for the overall budgeting of the athletic department's equipment needs and oversees a staff of five fulltime assistants and student workers.
In 1994, Falk was honored for his dedication to the department, becoming an "Honorary 'M' Man" and was recognized in 2000 by the U-M Club of Detroit with the naming of the annual Hatch-Falk Scholarship for a Student Football Manager.
One of the most respected equipment managers in the nation, Falk was executive director of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) for 24 years and was one of the organization's founding members. He won the association's 2001 Glen Sharp National Equipment Manager of the Year award and received the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
A native of Oxford, Ohio, Falk graduated from Talawanda High School (1967) -- where he was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2012 -- and earned his degree in physical education from Miami University (1971). He worked as a student manager at Miami in football and baseball as an undergraduate. Upon graduation, Falk accepted an assistant equipment manager position at Miami before accepting the head job with Bo Schembechler at Michigan in 1974.
Falk and his wife, the former Cheri Boychuck of Ann Arbor, reside in Pinckney with their daughter Katie. They also have two adult children, Joe and Nicki Winkle, and two grandchildren, Joey and Abby.
An inside look at the University of Michigan's football program from the man who was the team's equipment manager for more than four decades
Forty years ago, Michigan equipment manager Jon Falk began his legacy, becoming a living encyclopedia of Michigan football tradition and history. Hired by Bo Schembechler in 1974, the now retired Falk shares his firsthand, inside stories from in the locker room, on the sideline, and on the road with one of college football's most storied institutions. He may not be as well known as the Big House or the Little Brown Jug, but among coaches, players, and a good portion of the Michigan football faithful, Jon Falk has fashioned a lively legend of his own. Falk's recollections connect the past and present to highlight the importance of the relationships created during the best four years of any college player's life and it's those relationships that drive the Wolverines to success.