In 2014-15 Kevin Varnish begins his 20th year as Denison's supervisor of athletic facilities and equipment. Varnish came to Denison from Columbus State Community College in 1995 to oversee facility and equipment operations and supervision of the facilities student employment and equipment staff.
As supervisor of facilities, a large part of Varnish's responsibilities are focused on intercollegiate event management, university events and conferences, facilities operations, and the coordination of facilities projects. Varnish also oversees the daily operation of Denison's Physical Education Center and is responsible for hiring and scheduling a student staff of nearly 100 employees.
On the equipment side, Varnish coordinates the daily function of the facilities laundry operation, as well as coordinating the issue of equipment to the 23 men's and women's varsity sports programs and to recreational users of Denison's facilities. Varnish also coordinates all of the outdoor field lining for varsity practices, games, intramurals, club sports and summer camps.
Prior to coming to Denison, Varnish served as an assistant to the director of athletics at Columbus State from 1988 to 1995. Varnish was the department's athletic recruiting coordinator, assistant sports information director and was responsible for the daily operation of Columbus State's recreation facilities. Varnish also served as an instructor within the sports and fitness management program. While working at Columbus State, Varnish spent seven years as an assistant varsity track coach and three years as an assistant football coach for Reynoldsburg City Schools.
Varnish, 49, holds a bachelor of science in education (1989) and a master of arts in sports administration from The Ohio State University (1994). Varnish and his wife, Amy, along with children Faith (7), Lewk (19), Santino (18) and Abby (22) reside in Westerville, Ohio.