Tony Leonard of the Philadelphia Eagles received the 2014 Dick Ericson Award for his contributions to the industry.
Tony is cited as a 'consummate professional who pushes true out-of-the-box thinking' to further the profession. Colleagues have noted his mastery in growing both warm season and cold season grass fields in the same season, which is no easy feat. What makes this especially noteworthy is that he works in one of toughest weather conditions in the winter preparing fields for play. He is also respected for his environmental stewardship. In addition to providing a great playing surface for the Eagles games, Tony also preps the field to host multiple events, such as concerts, marching band competitions and collegiate games. He is active in the local KAFMO chapter, and he also spends time working with sports field managers across the country to further the profession as a whole.
Tony is pictured (right) receiving his award from the 2013 winner Rich Watson (left).
Previous Dick Ericson Award Recipients
2014 - Tony Leonard, Philadelphia Eagles (PA)
2013 - Rich Watson, Pine Hill Schools, Sewell (NJ)
2012 - Amy Fouty, CSFM, Michigan State University Intercollegiate Athletics, East Lansing (MI)
2011 - Darian Daily, Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati (OH)
2010 - Mike Trigg, CSFM, Waukegan Park District, Waukegan (IL)
2009 - David Rulli, Jeffco Stadium, Lakewood (CO)
2008 - Mike Tarantino, Poway Unified School District, Poway (CA)
2007 - Donald Fowler, PSU Extension (Retired) (PA)
2006 - Mike McDonald, CSFM, Turf Manager, University of Minnesota (MN)
2005 - Floyd Perry, Owner, Grounds Maintenance Services, Orlando (FL)
2004 - Steve LeGros, GCA Service at the University of New Hampshire (NH)
2003 - Pat White, City of Hollywood (FL)
2002 - Eric Adkins, CSFM, Michigan State University (MI)
2001 - Heather Nabozny, Detroit Tigers (MI)
2000 - By Hanson, Jefferson County Public Schools (CO)
1999 - G.C. (George) Trivett, Granite Falls Middle School (NC)
1998 - Ross Kurcab, Denver Broncos (CO)
1997 - Merton Johnson, Cal State/Fullerton (CA)
* Facility listed is where employed at time of award. Check Roster for current listing