Starting as a groundskeeper in 1974 for the Salem Pirates class A club, I found out as a teenager that I had a passion for maintaining baseball fields. Little did I know, I was going to be flying 300,000 (actual) miles per year doing the same thing....... 30 years later!
Since 1989, I have worked for the Commissioners Office as thier field and stadium consultant providing services in the development and management of numerous international MLB exhibition games, training camps and field maintenance seminars etc.....
As President of Brickman Sports Turf, (a Division of the Brickman Group, Ltd ) we have provided services including field construction, design and maintenance services for the 2000, 2004, 2008 Olympics, USA baseball, the International BAseball federation, Minor League Baseball, Ripken Baseball and numerous major/minor/college/recreation fields around the world.
In the 80s and 90's, I was blessed to be a part of the experience in the design and maintenance of Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. We also managed the Roger Dean Stadium Spring Training Complex, in Florida.
As Past President of the National Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) and board member, it has been very exciting to witness the evolution of the groundskeeping/sportsturf managers' profession. It is remarkable to see how far we have advanced in the design and maintenance of athletic fields!
By the way, for those looking for information on turf management, the STMA is a non profit association devoted to improving playing field conditions through education and training. Memberships to national and regional STMA chapters around the country are available to anyone that maintains athletic fields! Check it out! www.stma.org