Trent Chesnut is in his 15th season with the Fighting Illini as the head football equipment manager, handling all of the day-to-day aspects of the football program, including purchasing, maintenance, organization and management of the student assistant program. Chesnut is responsible for all home games and practice setup, tear down and storage of equipment as well as assigning and managing team and official locker rooms, chain gangs and game-day ball crews.
Prior to returning to his home state of Illinois, Chesnut was the Head Equipment Coordinator at the University of Nevada for eight years and worked for three seasons as the UNLV assistant equipment manager. During his time at Nevada, he was responsible for the football and baseball programs as well as overseeing the entire athletic equipment department. He has been an active member of AEMA since 1992. He is also a member of the Schutt Athletic Council.
A native of Hoopeston, Illinois, Chesnut has one son, Jake, who is a current student at Illinois and is a manager for the football program.
Updated July 2014