The TCU equipment rooms are staffed by three certified, full-time equipment managers and three graduate assistant equipment managers servicing the twenty-one athletic teams. The equipment room staff is dedicated to providing our student-athletes with top-notch equipment, while maintaining proper care, maintenance and accountability of all equipment to ensure TCU student-athletes perform at the highest level possible.
During the course of the academic year and sports seasons, the TCU equipment room offers a practical, enjoyable and learning work experience through employment as a student manager. There are approximately 30-40 student managers working for the equipment room throughout the year in various capacities. The student managers are assigned to specific teams based on availability and interest and work closely with the coaches and athletes of those teams, leading to a unique and rewarding work experience.
To provide a safe environment for our student-athletes
To properly maintain athletic equipment and apparel on a daily basis
Process laundry on a daily basis
Be as organized as possible
Provide the latest and most advanced equipment
The TCU equipment room's role is to promote the growth and wellbeing of its student-athletes by providing quality, clean, safe, and cutting edge athletic apparel and equipment for use in practice and competition.
Meet The Staff
Brian Coutras Assistant Athletics Director for Equipment Phone: (817) 257-7936 | Email: email@example.com
Responsibilities: Football, Athletic Department
About: Brian Coutras arrived to TCU in July 2013 as the Assistant Athletics Director for Equipment.
Coutras came to TCU after serving the previous six years as head athletics equipment manager at the UAB. His 2011-12 equipment staff at UAB was tabbed the Equipment Staff of the Year.
The Nashville, Tenn., native is a 1996 graduate of Middle Tennessee State. Coutras is a certified member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) and a member of the American Football Coaches Association. Prior to his work with the Blazers and Horned Frogs, Coutras had a six-year tenure at Marshall, he was the head athletics equipment manager (1999-02) and director of football operations (2002-05). He also worked in equipment capacities at Cincinnati and Indiana.
Coutras and his wife, Trisha, have three children: Claire, Andrew and Callie.
About: Victor Ignatiev arrived to TCU in July 2014 as the Assistant Equipment Manager.
Ignatiev comes to TCU after serving the previous 10 years as an athletic equipment manager at the Houston. Ignatiev's sport responsibilities include football, track & field, rifle and equestrian.
Prior to Houston, Ignatiev held different positions in a similar capacity including head football equipment manager at West Texas A&M University from 1995-1997, head equipment manager at Sam Houston State from 1998-2000 and head equipment manager/ hockey manager at The Colorado College from 2000-2001. Time between, Ignatiev interned for the NFL Summer Equipment program during the summers of 1997, 1999, and 2002-2004. He also served as the equipment manager for the U.S. Army High School All-American football game from 2002 through 2005 and Universal Pictures "Friday Night Lights" in 2003.
Ignatiev earned his Bachelor of Arts from West Texas A&M University in 1997 and his Master of Arts from Sam Houston State in 2000. Ignatiev is a certified member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) and serves on the District VII Board as Continuing Education Coordinator .He is also a member of the American Football Coaches Association.
Ignatiev and his wife, Julie, have one daughter: Victoria.
About: Shaw is no stranger to TCU Athletics. The Las Vegas native received his Bachelors of Sport Psychology from TCU while serving as an undergraduate equipment manager for the women's basketball team from 2008-2012. Upon graduation, Shaw was promoted to the role of a graduate assistant equipment manager. His sports responsibilities expanded to men's and women's basketball as well as men's and women's golf, men's tennis and TCU Spirit.
In December 2014, Shaw received his Masters of Liberal Arts degree from TCU and was hired as equipment coordinator upon his graduation. He is a certified member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) and serves on the District VII Board as District Treasurer.
About: Vannessa Fulcher arrived to TCU in December 2015 as a graduate assistant equipment manager. She currently serves as the equipment manager for the volleyball, beach volleyball, soccer, and the swimming & diving teams.
Fulcher comes to TCU after serving a stint as assistant equipment manager at Florida Atlantic. Prior to her time at FAU, Fulcher served as a graduate assistant equipment manager at Marshall, overseeing Olympic Sports. Prior to FAU, Fulcher was a student-manager for East Carolina football where she also earned her degree in Sport Studies.
Originally from Mooresville, N.C., Fulcher is ecstatic to be working as a part of the TCU athletics staff. She is currently working toward her Master's degree in Liberal arts and is expected to graduate in December 2017. She is a certified member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA).
About: Cooper Sholder arrived to TCU in July 2015 as a graduate assistant equipment manager. He currently serves as the equipment manager for Baseball as well as various departments in TCU Athletics.
Sholder comes to TCU after serving the previous two years as a director of baseball operations for San Diego State baseball and the four years prior as student-manager for SDSU.
The Dana Point, Calif., native earned his Bachelors in Business Management from San Diego State University. He is currently working toward his Master's degree in Liberal Arts and is expected to graduate in May 2017.