Sports Turf Managers Association, Minor League Baseball Announce 2015 ‘Sports Turf Manager of the Year’ Award Winners

Sports Turf Managers Association, Minor League Baseball Announce 2015 ‘Sports Turf Manager of the Year’ Award Winners

Four Groundskeepers to be Honored at Winter Meetings in Nashville December 7

(LAWRENCE, Kan.)Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional association for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide – and Minor League Baseball (MiLB) today announced the 2015 “Sports Turf Manager of the Year” award winners.

Since 2000, STMA and MiLB have honored members who manage fields in Triple-A, Double-A, Single-A and Short Season or Rookie divisions. This year, three of the four honorees are multi-year winners, exemplifying a commitment to excellence and an unwavering dedication to maintaining world-class professional baseball playing surfaces.

Award winners include:

·         Triple-A – John Stewart, Syracuse Chiefs (Syracuse, N.Y.)
·         Double-A – Brock Phipps, Springfield Cardinals (Springfield, Mo.)
·         Single-A – Keith Winter, Fort Wayne Tincaps (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
·         Short Season or Rookie – David Yearout, Spokane Indians (Spokane, Wash.)

“Each year, we highlight members in MiLB with the recognition they deserve for producing high-quality, safe and playable fields,” says Kim Heck, CEO of STMA. “In an industry where Mother Nature is unpredictable, these individuals find innovative and persistent ways to maintain excellent field conditions.”

Phipps and Winter are both being honored for the third consecutive time (2013, 2014). Yearout is a second-time winner (2014) and Stewart is a first-time winner, joining an elite class of sports turf managers.

Winners are selected via a 16-member awards committee, compiled by STMA. Each nominee is independently scored on cultural practices, game day routine, resource utilization, staff management and the groundskeeper’s involvement and support of the sports turf industry.

STMA will present awards to recipients at the annual Major League Baseball Winter Meetings awards luncheon in Nashville, Tenn. on December 7.

Winter is also presenting on “Turf Management Practices on High-Use / High-Wear Sports Fields” at the 2015 Athletic Business Conference & Expo on November 21 in New Orleans, La.

For more information: www.stma.org, www.twitter.com/fieldexperts, 800.323.3875.

About STMA

STMA is the not-for-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide.  Since 1981, the association and its 34 local chapters have been providing education, information and sharing practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management.  Its more than 2,600 members oversee sports fields and facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums.

For more information: www.stma.org,