An educational podcast created to help students in the Brentsville Turfgrass Management Program learn from industry professionals by discussing their careers and experiences in the industry. We aim to learn first hand through this podcast in our virtual classroom.
Episode 113: SFMA Series- Women in Turf Team; Leah Withrow Reno Aces, Morgan Hunter Quad City Riverbandits, Maritza Martinez St. Louis City SC
54:39Three of the best human beings in this industry, all in one podcast, is something that you cannot miss. These industry leaders have so much insight into what our industry has to offer and how there is so much work to be done to bring in the next generation, bring awareness to the industry, and so much more. Whenever this group gets together, there are always laughs, which shows how important it is to build relationships in this industry and how we build this industry. You do not want to miss it!
Episode 112: SFMA Series- Dr. Devon Carroll, ENVU
31:53In this episode, we have an industry staple with Dr. Devon Carroll, who has done incredible work throughout all areas of the industry. And in this episode, we dive into the different jobs that are out there that are related to the turfgrass industry that is not sportsfield management or golf course maintenance. be sure to listen to hear about the talks at the SFMA women's luncheon and the awesome experiences in her career. You do not want to miss it.
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Episode 111: SFMA Series- International Women's Month/ Women in Turf Team; Sun Roesslein, Kelly Lynch, Nina Oldenkamp, Christi Clay, Crystal Rose Fricker
46:42This is a fantastic episode to kick off International Women's Month with our first Women in Turf Panel with some of our industry's best sports field managers and professionals. This truly highlights the incredible events that have highlighted the Women in this industry, like the first-ever All female Grounds Crew at the Softball Little League World Series. It is inspiring the next generation to be a part of this phenomenal industry. Truly an episode you do not want to miss!
Episode 110: SFMA Series- NCAA Panel, Casey Carrick UNC Director of Athletics Grounds & Turf Management, Brandon Hardin Mississippi State Superintendent of SportsTurf
45:23Another Episode with Pioneer Athletics with two of the best people in this industry Brandon and Casey, for our NCAA Panel. This truly is an incredible episode with so much discussed from the different challenges faced in college athletics to creating unique opportunities to bring awareness to the sports field management industry. These to industry leaders are truly some of the best people and best representations of who we all should strive to be. You do not want to miss it!
Episode 109: SFMA Series- Turfgrass Genetics Panel; Adam Russell MVP Genetics, Will Schnell MVS Seed
42:09A fantastic episode with two of the very best in this industry, with Adam and Will providing insight into some of the best genetics in the world of Turfgrass management on both sides of warm and cool season grasses. We have an incredible project with Adam installing an IronCutter Bermudagrass field on our stadium facility. We discuss this grass's different attributes to better our playing surface at Brentsville District High School. Then discuss with Will what his work has focused on 365SS and its impact on the industry. This is one of those episodes you must listen to yourself to see how incredible it is. Cannot thank them enough for their time!
Episode 108: SFMA Series- NFL Panel; Travis Hogan Kansas City Chiefs, Danny Losito Carolina Panthers, Nick Pappas Director of Grounds for International NFL Series, Ryan Bjorn New England Patriots
1:09:57To kick off our SFMA Salt Lake Conference Series, we have our incredible NFL Panel with Travis Hogan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Danny Losito of the Carolina Panthers, Ryan Bjorn of the New England Patriots, and Nick Pappas, Director of Grounds for NFL International Games. This is one of the best podcasts we have recorded because of the incredible group on this podcast. They all have a tremendous passion for the turfgrass industry and a love for maintaining some of the best playing surfaces in the world. Most of all, a comradery among these men is unparalleled by any group in the World of Turfgrass. We had an incredible opportunity to dive into the international events they participated in and how special it was to make it to a new Country in Germany. You honestly have to listen to truly appreciate what they are doing for this industry! We cannot thank these men enough for taking the time!
Episode 107: SFMA Series- Kevin McCaffery Costa Del Mar Turf Program, Josh Bratovich Bartram Trails Turf Program
58:29To start our Tiger Turf Talk, Pioneer Athletics Groundskeeper Chat collaboration we had on three of the top High School Turfgrass Management Programs across the country. This episode is so important to listen to because this is the future of our industry and finding the next generation of the turfgrass industry. Kevin and Josh give great insight into what is going on in their programs in their very different timeframes in their program's history. This is an episode you do not want to miss.
Episode 106: SFMA Salt Lake Debrief
42:10We start 2023 with a different type of episode where I go through my take on the SFMA conference of 2023 from my experience and all of the incredible works of industry professionals. It is incredible to see all of the incredible industry professionals and what they are working on creating the movement in the new year. Thank you to all that made it such an incredible conference! Definitely be sure to check it out!
Episode 105: Jerad Minnick, Director of the Sports Turf Institute at Maryland Soccerplex, Field Consultant for MLS
2:08:56What a way to end the 2022 year with an incredible industry Leader Mr. Jerad Minnick of the Maryland Soccerplex. An awesome conversation about so many hot topics in the turfgrass industry, discussing the significance of finding the next generation of sportsfield managers and just allowing everyone to know who we are as sports field managers. It is critical to make those in your community aware of who you are, and with his 900,000 visitors a year, they see firsthand his work. Truly an inspiring professional who is making a difference in the industry every day. Do not miss our last episode of 2022!!
Episode 104: Charlie Weaver, Head Groundskeeper Rocket City Trash Pandas
46:14This is an awesome episode with the 2022 Minor League Baseball Groundskeeper of the Year, Charlie Weaver. Charlie has done a great job in starting the new facility of Toyota Stadium just a couple of years ago. It has been an incredible journey to follow as he has had an active role in recruiting the next generation of sports field managers by inviting students on field trips to actively participate in maintaining the field the day of a game. There are so many people that do not comprehend the impact that will have on this industry. You do not want to miss this episode.