January 2018

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www.spor 46 // January 2018 Category of Submission: Professional Soccer Sports Turf Manager: Troy Crawford, Director of Grounds Experience: I started my career working for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club, helping to build the Ball Park in Arlington's fi eld. I served in different capacities on the crew and worked my way into the assistant's position. I worked for 6 years for the Texas Rangers until I accepted the assistant position with the Houston Astros. From there I moved on to Tangle Ridge Golf Course in Grand Prairie. After 4 years I accepted the Sports Turf Technician position with the City of Colleyville. I spent 7 years taking care of their athletic fi elds and in 2007 was fortunate enough to win the National Soccer Field of the Year. I was then approached by a former co-worker about heading up this partnership between FC Dallas and the City of Dallas, MoneyGram Soccer Park. I have had the privilege of working for FC Dallas for the last 5 years. Throughout my career I have picked up different skill sets to help me in each of my endeavors. While working in MLB I learned a lot about how to maintain the skinned area as well as the mound and home plate. At Tangle Ridge I learned a tremendous amount about soils and plant nutrition. While there I also learned how to think more out of the box and be creative in providing positive enhancements to the course. While working for the City of Colleyville I was able to develop my leadership and supervisory skills, such as learning the importance of documenting items pertaining to personnel and mentoring employees. I have tried to take all the positive items from each of my stops and incorporate them into MoneyGram Soccer Park's DNA, helping to create a fun and harmonious work environment. Full-time staff: Benjamin Bauer, Complex Field Supervisor, & Jonathan Figueroa, Groundskeeper Part-time staff: Pablo Calzada & Ruben Cruz Original construction: 2014 MONEYGRAM SOCCER PARK/ FC DALLAS, FIELD #8 Dallas, TX The Field of the Year Awards program is made possible by the support of sponsors Carolina Green Corp., Ewing, Hunter Industries, and World Class Athletic Services. 2017

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