The Sports Turf Managers Association recently announced that John Watt, CSFM, the athletic fields manager for North Kansas City School District (Missouri), has been appointed as its K-12 director for 2016.
STMA president Jeffrey Salmond, CSFM, and director of athletic field management for the University of Oklahoma, appointed Watt to the STMA’s 13-person board when the former K-12 director resigned due to work responsibilities.

An active STMA member since 1999, Watt has served on the Student Challenge, Membership & Awards Committees and was a 2010 “Field of the Year Award” winner.

“The sports turf manager is an integral part of local youth and school sports programs to ensure consistent, safe and playable surfaces for athletes of all ages and abilities,” Watt said. “[The] STMA has provided me with educational opportunities and best practices to implement in my community and I look forward to contributing to the national organization at a higher level.”

Watt received a B.S. in plant science from the University of Missouri. After graduating, he worked for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns from 1999 to 2006.

The STMA conducts its annual elections electronically in late November and the board officially takes office during the Conference & Exhibition.