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(LAWRENCE, Kan.) – Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional association for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide – today announces its 2015 “Field of the Year Award” winners.

Since 1992, STMA’s Field of the Year Award is presented to members who manage baseball, football, soccer, softball and other sporting grounds at the professional, collegiate, schools (K-12) and parks and recreation level. The 2015 winners are listed below:


  • Soccer – MAPFRE Stadium at Columbus Crew SC (Columbus, Ohio): Weston Appelfeller, CSFM, Director of Grounds

College and University

  • Soccer – Klöckner Stadium at University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.): Jesse Pritchard, CSFM, Sports Turf Manager; Phil Bathalon, Assistant Sports Turf Manager


Schools and Parks

  • Soccer – Varsity Soccer Field at Collegiate School (Goochland, Va.): Allison Moyer, Grounds Manager

“Each year, we look forward to hand-picking the best natural grass athletic surfaces in the country through the Field of the Year Award,” says Kim Heck, CEO of STMA. “With a record number of applicants in 2015, the selection process has become more rigorous, which serves as a testament to the high-quality fields our 2,600-plus members produce across the U.S.”

A panel of 15 judges independently scored entries based on playability, appearance of surfaces, utilization of innovative solutions, effective use of budget and implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program. Judges may not award a field in each category. Winning fields will be featured in a 2016 issue of Sports Turf Magazine, the official monthly publication of STMA.

Awards will be presented at the 27th annual STMA Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, Calif. Jan. 19-22, 2016. Nearly 1,200 leaders in the sports turf industry will converge on the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego for more than 75 hours of leading-edge educational seminars, exhibitor demonstrations, and networking opportunities.

For more information:, 800.323.3875.

About STMA

STMA is the not-for-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Since 1981, the association and its 34 local chapters have been providing education, information and sharing practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management.  Its more than 2,600 members oversee sports fields and facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums.

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