Gill Award

2014 Harry C. Gill Founders Award

STMA's highest honor, the Harry C. Gill Award, was awarded to Andrew McNitt, Ph.D., Penn State University.

Harry "Pops" Gill, as one of our four original founders was committed to ensuring a still-young STMA would grow successfully as an organization for the betterment of all sports turf managers.
Any exemplifies Harry's commitment. He has been involved with STMA since he was a student; in fact, he was recognized even then as being an exemplary member of the association and the industry when he received a student scholarship. As part of his long history of service to our industry, Andy conducts vital research in maximizing the safety and playability of athletic field playing surfaces. He is a noted expert in the field, speaking to sports turf managers across the country while also mentoring and instructing students in his role as a professor for turfgrass sciences. Outside of academia, he currently serves as a technical adviser to the NFL and serves on several committees at the League level.

Andrew McNitt, Ph.D. (right) receives his award from the 2013 Harry C. Gill Award winner Bucky Trotter.


Previous Harry C. Gill Founders Award Recipients

2014 - Andrew McNitt, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University (PA)

2013 - Bucky Trotter, Sports Facilities Insights (KY)

2012 - Richard Moffitt, Moffitt & Associates (MO)

2011 - Mike Andresen, CSFM, Iowa State University (IA)

2010 - Leo Goertz, Texas A&M University (TX)

2009 - Tom Burns, Diamond Pro/TXI (TX) 

2008 - Bob Campbell, CSFM, University of Tennessee (TN) 

2007 - Bob Curry, Covermaster, Inc. (Ontario, Canada) 

2006 - Boyd R. Montgomery, CSFM, The Toro Company (MN) 

2005 - Bob Christofferson, Seattle Mariners, (WA) 

2004 - Lynda Wightman, Hunter Industries (CT) 

2003 - Ken Mrock, Chicago Bears Football Club (IL) 

2002 - Ross Kurcab, CSFM, Invesco Field at Mile High (CO) 

2001 - Dan Douglas, Reading Phillies (PA) 

2000 - Mary Owen, University of Massachusetts - Extension (MA) 

1999 - *Dale Getz, University of Notre Dame (IN) 

1998 - John Souter, Turfgrass Consultant, Perthshire, Scotland 

1997 - *Eugene Mayer, The Scotts Company 

1996 - Greg Petry, Waukegan Park District (IL) 

1995 - Gil Landry, Ph.D., University of Georgia (GA) 

1994 - Henry Indyk, Ph.D., (deceased), Turfcon (NJ) 

1993 - *Mike Schiller, Schaumburg Park District (IL) 

1992 - George Toma, Kansas City Royals & NFL (MO) 

1991 - James Watson, Ph.D., The Toro Company (CO) 

1990 - *David Frey, Cleveland Stadium (OH) 

1989 - *David Frey, Cleveland Stadium (OH) 

1988 - Dale Sandin, Orange Bowl (FL) 

1987 - *Mark Hodnick, Cal Poly Pomona (CA) 

1986 - Kent W. Kurtz, Ph.D., (deceased) Cal Poly Pomona (CA) 

1985 - Anthony Burnett, RFK Stadium (DC) 

1984 - *Steve Wightman, Mile High Stadium (CO) 

1983 - William H. Daniel Ph.D., (deceased) Purdue University (IN) 

1982 - Harry C. Gill, (deceased), Milwaukee County Stadium (WI) 

Facility listed is where employed at time of award. Check Roster for current listing

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