The Double-A minor league baseball team Blue Wahoos in Pensacola, Florida, has hired Dustin Hannah as head groundskeeper before its upcoming 2018 season. Hannah had been the assistant head groundskeeper at Roger Dean Stadium, the spring training home of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Florida.
“The great story about Dustin is that he’s from Crestview [and he] got to come home. It’s a really cool story. He’s a military brat, so he moved around quite a bit, but he calls Crestview home,” said Jonathan Griffith, the president of the Blue Wahoos and Studer Entertainment and Retail during a radio interview with WUWF. “All of his family, his grandparents [live there]. We were excited that not only did we find a great ‘grounds guy,’ but we got to bring somebody back home.”
He will replace Ray Sayre who has won five straight Southern League Field of the Year honors and, most recently, the Sports Turf Managers Association and Minor League Baseball Sports Turf Manager of the Year award.
Hannah attended turf school at Florida Gateway College in Lake City, Florida, then interned at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley in Sapphire, North Carolina. After finishing school, he later worked at Roger Dean Stadium where he maintained for the main stadium and 14 practice fields.
Hannah will overlook the upcoming task of converting the field at Blue Wahoo Stadium, which was used by the University of West Florida football program, back to a baseball diamond.