Professional Facilities Rep

Weston Appelfeller, CSFM, Columbus Crew, Columbus, OH
Weston Appelfeller,
CSFM is the Director of Grounds for Columbus Crew SC, where he has spent the past 6 seasons. Prior to his time at Crew SC, he was an Assistant Groundskeeper for the Philadelphia Union (2011) and the Boston Red Sox (2008-2011). Weston oversees the turf maintenance at MAPFRE Stadium, which was awarded the 2013 and 2015 Professional Soccer Field of the Year by the STMA. At Columbus, his crew also maintains the EAS Training Center, and landscaping surrounding the stadium.

Weston has served on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Sports Turf Managers Association since 2012, where he is currently President, and serves as the Chairperson for the SAFE Scholarship Committee. He became a CSFM in December of 2013 and has a Bachelor's Degree from The Ohio State University in TurfGrass Science. Weston and his wife Stephanie live in Mt. Victory, OH with their two kids.

Vision for STMA: With my role on the STMA Board of Directors, I want to help push the Association into becoming stronger, more powerful, and more relevant as it pertains to athletes and their health. Concerned parents, coaches, athletic directors, and the public should have a place to get the facts before making decisions regarding playing surfaces.

I also want to encourage the development of young groundskeepers to help sustain our industry for years to come. High school students should know they can have an achievable and exciting career. We need to grow our young base to help revitalize our industry and to help collegiate turf programs flourish, which in turn will help provide the research we need to expand our industry. I want to use my role on the board to help mold the younger generation into future Founders Award winners. I want to help develop young professionals by giving them the information they may need to guide them into a successful and rewarding career.


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