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Q&A: Kevin Briscoe

by on November 30, 2017 2:46 PM

Hoy Transfer has been hauling Penn State football equipment for decades. Its owner, Kevin Briscoe, is no stranger to the long hours and late nights it takes to keep the program running around the country, making sure everything is where it needs to be when it needs to be there. The truck will be making one more trip this season, to a bowl game in a place yet to be determined at this writing.

Briscoe shares with Town&Gown some of his perspectives on his company’s role in keeping the Nittany Lions moving, and the reactions the truck gets – from enthusiastic to rude – at away games.

T&G: Hoy Transfer has been around since 1888. For people who may not be familiar with it, how did the company start and how did it get to be what it is today?

Briscoe: We started out hauling coal and wood in the Centre Region. That eventually evolved into hauling just about anything. Over the years we have represented a number of different van lines. We have been an agent for Atlas Van Lines since 2008.

T&G: How long has Hoy Transfer been hauling Penn State’s equipment and how did that partnership begin? What kinds of equipment do you transfer for them?

Briscoe: I'm not really certain when we first hauled the football equipment, but I heard an old tale that it was done by horse and wagon. I expect what they did back then was take it from campus to the train station in Lemont. We still haul the football equipment, everything they need to play a game. Everything the players wear, trainer’s supplies, audio, and video equipment. All the sideline equipment, anything that could possibly be needed.

T&G: Is there any piece of equipment that’s the hardest to take care of while transferring it?

Briscoe: Not really. I mean after all, it's still football equipment. 

T&G: Where is the farthest stadium you’ve had to drive to for the team? How long did it take and would you ever make that drive again?

Briscoe: The furthest I've gone would be Los Angeles for the Rose Bowl. Adam and I did that run in just over 40-hours and unloaded Christmas morning. We'd do that trip again in a heartbeat.

T&G: Which school do you most look forward to driving to?

Briscoe: Every school is different, different atmosphere, different traffic conditions. It's hard to really say one is better than the others. That said, Tuscaloosa is a nice place to visit.

T&G: Working with the football team for as long as you and Hoy Transfer have is one of the longest ongoing, direct relationships anyone has with Penn State football. What’s it like to handle such an important, but often forgotten about, aspect of a Penn State away game?

Briscoe: It’s an honor, something we all look forward to. There are five of us who share the driving at any given time. Matt, Sarge, Mike, Adam, and myself. We all know the importance of what we're asked to do. Honestly, it can get a little stressful. Whether I'm on the trip or two of my drivers are taking it. It can start to eat away at you.

T&G: Do you have to load the truck, or is there a team to help you?

Briscoe: The equipment manager and his team of student managers take care of most of the loading process at the locker room. We tidy things up and make sure the load is secured before we head out. Once we get to the away stadium, we try to have the equipment unloaded for the managers before they get there. After the game, the managers bring the equipment to the truck and the drivers get it loaded. 

T&G: What is the reaction like when you arrive at an away game?

Briscoe: That depends on who is doing the reacting. Most of the fans at host cities are really good. We may get a few “one finger salutes” with a four-letter expletive thrown in every now and then but for the most part people like to see us arrive. I’d say we’re treated very well. It’s nice when we see PSU fans. It's truly thrilling to be a part of it. The “We Are’s,” the horns honking, people smiling and waving. It's cool.

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