I am the Senior Supervisor
What field care product/piece of equipment could you not live without? I have a hardworking and dedicated crew without which the job wouldn’t get done. That’s more important than any piece of equipment money can buy. If I had to pick one piece of equipment, it would be a reel mower.
Complete this sentence: “If I weren’t a field care pro, I would be … ” Bored out of my mind. I really enjoy the diversity and challenges of my job and would have a difficult time with a job that was repetitive on a daily basis.
What’s your favorite sports movie and why? “Rudy,” because it really helped me learn at a young age the value of perseverance and hard work.
What path led you to a career in sports field management? I grew up playing different kinds of sports and have always enjoyed them. When I was 15 I had the opportunity to take care of and improve the high school football practice field, and fell in love with the science behind it. During college I started working full-time with the Liberty University grounds crew doing various landscaping jobs. As the university grew, the opportunity to maintain the athletic fields full-time arose and I was blessed to be able to move into that position.
What types of fields and turf areas are you responsible for? I am responsible for 25 acres of natural turf and 16 acres of artificial turf. Responsibilities range from football, baseball, soccer, softball, lacrosse, band, indoor soccer and field hockey fields. The university also has a golf practice facility that I’m involved with.
What are the biggest challenges in maintaining the facility? Time management. With so many different types of fields and sports to manage, it’s imperative that we’re organized and efficient. Otherwise, it would be easy to become overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done.
What has been the most memorable moment of your career? Being in the dugout when Liberty’s baseball team came back to win the Big South conference tournament the first year in the new stadium.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned on the job? You never stop learning and growing, and you have to step outside your comfort zone in order to do that. A little bit of discomfort is worth it to do the job better next time.
How do you predict the sports field industry will evolve in the future? I see technology being integrated more and more with all aspects of the industry. I also think we’ll see a shift back toward natural playing surfaces.
What do you wish spectators/players/coaches knew about your job? That we are as passionate about ensuring quality playing surfaces as athletes are about winning games.
What is the most important quality required to be a successful field manager? Flexibility and clear communication.
What advice would you give aspiring field managers? Work hard. Continue to educate yourself on new developments in the industry. Never be afraid to seek out experts in the field and ask for their guidance.
Who have been your biggest influences/mentors? My wife and children. They are patient with me, they pray for me, and they are my biggest fans. Also, my father — he has always held me to a high standard and taught me that we don’t work for the praise of man, but ultimately to bring God glory and honor.