SportsTurf

June 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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FIELD OF THE YEAR www.stma.org June 2017 | SportsTurf 41 on my phone and several forecast pages bookmarked. Lacking automatic irrigation and a staff to help me, I have to plan my schedule a week ahead based on the weather. I'm rarely caught off guard by the weather from February to November. ST: What changes if any are you considering or implementing for the winning field in 2017? Galdieri: Aside from laser grading the baseball infield and raising up the warning tracks, I really don't have any major changes planned for 2017. I will continue an aggressive core aerification schedule to try and improve drainage. I'm also looking to add a few more pieces of equipment to increase my productivity. ST: What's the greatest pleasure you derive from your job? What's the biggest headache? Galdieri: The greatest pleasure I receive at this job is seeing how thankful everyone at Marywood is for the work I do. Coaches, student-athletes and the administration are always quick to compliment the field conditions and show gratitude even for the little things. This is something I never take for granted because I know that isn't always the case in this industry. It's always easier to gripe than to be thankful and the people at Marywood really make me feel fortunate to work here. The biggest headache is just trying to find the time to get everything done, in the best quality possible, with no staff, and on a tight schedule. I probably spend a quarter of my week just mowing the fields, so you can imagine how hard it is to find time to work on the little details that make a field standout. ST: What's the best piece of turf management advice you have ever received? Galdieri: I don't know if there's one specific piece of advice that stands out, but finding something to improve upon each day is what I try to do. Also, the turf managers I have worked for, espe- cially Steve Horne, have been very honest about the demands of the industry. No one promised weekends off or a big salary. I was always told to avoid complacency and sacrificing quality for the easy way out. ST: How are using social media at work? Galdieri: The only work-related social media I'm involved in is Twitter. Every now and then I'll post some pictures of what's going on, good and bad. It's a good way to show the student- athletes that their tuition money is being put to use. Plus, it's interesting to see what other managers are doing at their facilities and what problems they're dealing with. ST: How do you see the sports turf manager's job changing in the future? Galdieri: It's very obvious that sports turf managers are going to continue to see their workloads and expectations increase. The higher expectations are even starting to make their way down to the high school level as people place more emphasis than ever before on safe playing conditions. Unfortunately, everyone wants the safest and best conditions and the budgets and field usage demands don't always reflect that. You see that at all levels of the industry, even professionally. It's up to each manager to balance safety/ aesthetics and the demands that are put on us and it's up to the end users to understand how difficult the job is. You basically need to be a weatherman, farmer and a good communicator all in one. I hope that sports turf managers can close the gap, compensation wise, on the golf course industry. The time and skill requirements demand it.

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