SportsTurf

December 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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2017 STMA Field of the Year winners S ince 1992, STMA presents the industry's highest honors to members who manage baseball, football, soccer, softball and other sporting playing surfaces at the professional, collegiate, schools (K-12), and parks and recreation level. The 2017 winners are: Professional: Parkview Field at Ft. Wayne Tincaps, Ft Wayne, IN Keith Winter, Head Groundskeeper (Baseball) Moneygram Soccer Park Field 8 at FC Dallas, Frisco, TX Troy Crawford, Director of Grounds (Soccer) College and University: Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park at University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC Travis Dill, Sports Turf Technician (Baseball) Historic Grant Field at Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, GA Chris May, Director of Athletic Grounds (Football) Osborne Stadium at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA Brian Hinkley, CSFM, Athletic Field Manager (Soccer) Patricia Wilson Field at Stetson University, DeLand, FL Steve Barnard, Field Maintenance Technician (Softball) 5/3 Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State, Kennesaw, GA Shane Hohlbein, CSFM, Sports Turf Manager (Sporting Grounds) Schools and Parks: McLean County PONY Baseball, Bloomington, IL Andy Ommen, Head Groundskeeper (Baseball) Cowboys Field at Jim Warren Park, Franklin, TN John Wagnon, Athletic Crew Chief (Football) Longfellow Park at Park District of Oak Park, Oak Park, IL Travis Stephen, Sports Field Manager (Soccer) Blue Eagle Softball Complex at Clover School District, Clover, SC Will Rogers, CSFM, Sports Turf Manager (Softball). Pleasantview Championship Field at City of Boulder, Boulder, CO John Cogdill, Manager (Sporting Grounds) Rogers has now received this prestigious honor four times (2014, 2015, 2016), each in a different sporting category. Three-time winners include Hohlbein (2015, 2016) and Cogdill (2014, 2015). "Field of the Year" award winners for the second time include Barnard (2011) and May (2014). A panel of 13 judges independently scores entries based on playability, appearance of surfaces, utilization of innovative solutions, effective use of budget and implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program. Judges may not award a fi eld in each category. Winning fi elds will be featured in a 2018 issue of this magazine. Awards will be presented at the annual awards ceremony held during the 29th annual STMA Conference and Exhibition in Fort Worth, TX, which is January 16-19, 2018. Winners also receive complimentary conference registration, three nights' hotel accommodations and signature clothing. STMA's candidates for the 2018 Board of Directors E ach year, the STMA Nominating Committee develops a slate of candidates for election to the Board of Directors and presents them to the membership via an electronic ballot in late November. The board includes 13 members: fi ve Offi cers and eight Directors. Four of the Offi cers are slated unopposed; the Secretary/Treasurer has two candidates. Up for election are four Director positions: Academic, Parks and Rec, Higher Education, and Director-at-Large. Three Director positions are vacant and will be fi lled by (incoming) President Sarah Martin, CSFM, per the STMA Bylaws. The Schools K-12 Director position, which is held by Sun Roesslein, CSFM, is not up for election this year. Officers (unopposed) Immediate Past President: Tim VanLoo, CSFM, Iowa State University, Ames, IA President: Sarah Martin, CSFM, City of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ President-Elect: Jody Gill, CSFM, Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, KS Commercial VP: Boyd Montgomery, CSFM, CSE, The Toro Company, Bloomington, MN Secretary/Treasurer Weston Appelfeller, CSFM, Columbus Crew SC, Columbus, OH, OR Jimmy Simpson, CSFM, Town of Cary, Cary, NC Directors Academic: Jason Kruse, PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, OR Brian Scott, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA Director Parks & Rec: James Bergdoll, CSFM, City of Chattanooga, TN, OR Nick Caggiano, City of Nashua, NH Director Higher Education: Joshua Koss, CSFM, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, OR Nick McKenna, CSFM, Texas A&M Athletics, College Station, TX At-Large Elected: Matt Anderson, CSFM, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, OR Rusty Walker, CSFM, City of Grapevine, TX For an overview of the slating and election processes and the candidates' bios and vision statements, go to STMA.org. www.spor tsturfonline.com 39 December 2017 //

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