Bob Wick’s long tenure with the Chargers is over.
The team confirmed Thursday that its longtime equipment manager, who first joined the franchise almost four decades ago, was no longer employed. News of Wick’s departure was reported by multiple news organizations — including the Associated Press, which indicated that he had been let go.
Asked for comment, a Chargers spokesperson only said: “I can confirm that Bob is no longer with the organization.”
Wick first joined the franchise as a ball boy and equipment assistant in 1979 — a year after he graduated from Mt. Miguel High, less than 10 miles east of downtown San Diego. Over the next two decades, he worked his way up to equipment manager, eventually being named the NFL’s best in 2009. The San Diego native has also worked three Pro Bowls for the NFL, as well as the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls in postseason college football.
He was one of many employees who followed the Chargers in their relocation to the Los Angeles area. On Wick’s personal Facebook page last month, he posted updates about leaving his Scripps Ranch house “for good,” and moving into a new home in Mission Viejo.
Wick worked with the Chargers during training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa. On Thursday, the team held its first practice at Hoag Performance Center just two miles north.
Chris Smith, who was one of Wick’s assistants, was promoted to equipment manager.