Mike Royster has served the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for 40 years. He was appointed Equipment Manager and Assistant Athletics Director for Facilities and Equipment in January of 2000. He worked as Director of Athletic Equipment the 27 years before that.
Royster's responsibilities include overseeing the equipment purchases and inventory of UTC's 17 intercollegiate athletic programs as well as the repair and maintenance of athletic equipment. He also coordinates travel for the football team.
In his role as Assistant Athletics Director, he directs the many facets of gameday management for all UTC sports, including game administration, game officials, promotional event coordination and facilities scheduling and use. He also represents the Athletics Department on the university-wide Facilities Use Committee.
A respected leader in his profession, Royster has served on the Schutt Athletic Council, the Russell Athletic Council, the Adams Athletic Council and the executive committee of the Chattanooga Quarterback Club. He was elected to the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.
He has been a certified Athletic Equipment Manager since July, 1991, and has been a member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association for over 38 years. During that time, he has served the AEMA as Treasurer, Newsletter Chairman and District 4 Director.
Mike has also served as a member of the Presidential Nominations Administrative Assistant, Booker Kilgore Award, Executive Director Position Research Committee, Vice President, NCAA Football Rules Committee, Associate Executive Director and President. At present he serves as the Executive Director of the AEMA.
While at UTC, Royster has assisted with the educational and career development of numerous student managers. Many of those have gone on to full-time work in the profession at the secondary school, college and university and professional levels.
A native of Nashville, Tenn., Royster came to Chattanooga in 1974, from St. Andrew's School in Sewanee, Tenn., where he coached football, baseball and basketball and was the trainer and equipment manager. Prior to that, he served as equipment manager and trainer at Columbia State Community College from 1968-71. He received a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from UTC in 1977.
He is married to the former Pat Smartt of Monteagle, Tenn. They have two children, a daughter, Robin, a son, Joey, and three grandchildren, Benjamin Scout, Carson James, and Bailey Kate Arp.
Updated July 2014.