Introducing Equipment Manager Shawn Cronin

By Sam Gordon

As the Massachusetts Pirates gear up for the season, the team now has the keeper of their helmets and pads.

Equipment manager Shawn Cronin comes to Worcester bringing years of experience from all walks of arena football life.

“I started my arena football career in 2016 with Philadelphia Soul and quickly after that, we created a league in China called the CAFL so I went there,” Cronin told “When I came back, the next team I worked for was the Washington Valor in 2017.”

The 27-year-old bounced back and forth between the Valor and Soul before the league folded in 2019.

The Franklin Pierce University alum then went to Iowa to dip his toes into the Indoor Football League waters.

As a member of the Barnstormers, Cronin not only was the equipment manager as well as the running backs coach.

“I got into backfield coaching when I was shadowing primarily the running backs coach in college,” Cronin said. “I spent three years working with that department at Franklin Pierce and last year was basically my first professional coaching position.”

Cronin as a coach, gave a taste of what he looks for in his running backs when he is building a backfield.

“I look for versatility in my running backs,” Cronin said. “I don’t really like backs that can do just one thing like run and gun or ground and pound kind of guy. You need to make sure they can do different things like pass block. It is also important for them to know the game with these players coming straight out of college and not owning about the rules and format of arena football. Just teaching them the different steps, different formations and just kind of hammering that out initially.”

Living in Medfield MA and with the IFL canceling its season, Cronin was really excited about the possibility of being involved with football in some capacity close to home.

“I reached out to [President/GM Jawad Yatim] to see if he needed any help and he said, ‘Absolutely,’” Cronin said. “I think what I’m going to bring for the team to help them be more successful is the passion I have for what I do. I love equipment, I’m very meticulous about my inventory and making sure every single player is comfortable and fitted properly.”

Cronin has a simple policy when it comes to the players. Do not be afraid to ask.

“You’re never going to bother me with a request,” Cronin said. “That’s my job, that’s why I’m here. So I’d rather them ask tons of questions a day than don’t ask me at all.”

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