Gill Award

2016 Harry C. Gill Founders Award


STMA’s highest honor, the Harry C. Gill Award, was awarded posthumously to Darian Daily, Cincinnati Bengals.

Harry “Pops” Gill, as one of our four original founders, exemplified this commitment by ensuring a still-young STMA would grow successfully as an organization for the betterment of all sports turf managers. Darian exemplified Harry’s commitment. This is the first time STMA has given a Founders Award posthumously. Few people have had an impact on the profession like Darian Daily. He was generous with his time, open with sharing ideas and was a true professional. He was dedicated to his job at the Bengals, to his chapter, to the STMA, and above all to his family. His memory will live on in all the things he touched -- in so many articles, presentations, informational resources and most significantly, in people.







Previous Harry C. Gill Founders Award Recipients

2015 - Michael Goatley, Ph.D., Virginia Tech University (VA)

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) (deceased)

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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