Brad “Spider” Caldwell was a lot more than a longtime equipment manager at Penn State.
Of course, he took care of most every uniform and logistical detail a player could think of. But he also was the one players went to talk over problems with their girlfriends, as well as their coaches.
In a sense, he has been a caretaker of everything Penn State football for nearly three decades now.
That run, though, is ending as the university announced today that Caldwell is retiring after being a member of the Nittany Lion equipment staff since 1986.
He and his wife, Karen, are relocating to their vacation home in Vermont, where he has accepted a position as Activities Director for the Fair Haven Union High School. His duties will include serving as the school’s athletic director. Caldwell will begin his new position July 1.
His official title was Penn State “equipment and facilities coordinator.” However, his start came in 1983 as a student manager after spending his freshman year at Penn State-DuBois, near his hometown of Curwensville.
He has been on the sidelines for 379 Nittany Lion games.
But, again, he was more than the guy players went to replace a ripped T-shirt or to find the right cleats or to get their ankles and wrists wrapped a certain way before games.