March 2015

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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38 SportsTurf | March 2015 Russ ChandleR stadium Georgia Tech Category of Submission: College Baseball Sports Turf Managers: Jon DeWitt, CSFM, & Chris May Titles: Sports Turf Manager and Baseball Field Manager Education: DeWitt has a BA in English Experience: DeWitt says, "I had a unique opportunity to move to Atlanta and work at Wesleyan School as both an English teacher and grounds keeper (they were really looking for a ground- skeeper and kindly created a teaching position for me). I quickly discovered that Turf was my calling and moved to managing that campus of 75 acres (12 turf) full-time after my first year. After 7 years at Wesleyan, the sports turf man- ager position at Georgia Tech opened up. They were a little apprehensive about hiring me because of my lack of D1 experience, but ultimately the grounds I maintained at Wesleyan won them over. I have been here since 2007. During that time I earned my CSFM and was presi- dent of the GA chapter of STMA." Full-time staff: 2 Part-time staff: 4 Original construction: 2001 Rootzone: 100% sand Turfgrass variety: TifSport (outfield) & Tifway 419 (infield) Overseed: 17 lbs. perennial ryegrass Champion GQ treated & 10 lbs. peren- nial ryegrass Sunrise, Primo treated (Pennington) Drainage: Field is its own drainage system essentially, with a ½% cone grade; high point is mound transitioning to flat in out- field and foul territory. Also, 10 inches of sand over 4 inches pea gravel, with drain tiles on 20-foot centers in gravel layer. FielD oF the Year

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