June 2017

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FIELD OF THE YEAR 38 SportsTurf | June 2017 Category of Submission: College Baseball and College Softball Sports Turf Manager: Rob Galdieri Title: Sports Turf Manager Education: Bachelor of Science, Agronomy and Environmental Science, Delaware Valley (PA) College, 2009 Experience: After working three summers at a local golf course, in 2007, I was hired as a grounds crewmember at PNC Field in Moosic, PA, home of the New York Yankees AAA affiliate. Upon receiving my degree in Turf Management, I was offered a full time position at PNC Field to become the assistant groundskee- per. I worked with the club for six full seasons as assistant, and 8 years total. In that time, I gained first-hand experience with all aspects of maintaining a professional quality, sand-based playing surface. I also supervised a crew of 4-6 seasonal employees and was able to fill in for the head sports turf manager whenever needed. In September 2014, I was hired in my current position as sports turf manager at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Marywood is a Division 3 institution and competes in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. I am solely responsible for the maintenance of our three natural grass playing surfaces (baseball, softball, and soccer/lacrosse/field hockey) as well as our synthetic turf field. The natural grass fields total 5 acres. I am also responsible for maintenance of the areas immediately around the fields, including trash removal. It can be daunting at times to provide the quality surfaces that I desire since I have no crew, but it also makes me very proud to see how far the fields have come since my arrival. Full-time staff: None Part-time: The baseball team members assist with batting prac- tice set up and breakdown. I occasionally use the help of the softball team and coaches to apply and remove the field tarp. Other than that, there are no volunteers at Pacer Field. Original construction: 1996 Rootzone: Native clay Turfgrass variety: Baseball: Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, Poa annua. Softball: Kentucky bluegrass, turf-type tall fescue, perennial rye, Poa annua. Drainage: No system PACER FIELD Marywood University, Scranton, PA

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