Professional Facilities Rep
Dan Bergstrom has been with the Astros since 2004. Despite the challenges of working in a ballpark with a roof and the intense Houston summer heat, Bergstrom and his crew maintain one of the most attractive playing fields in Major League Baseball.
During his MLB career, Bergstrom has worked over 900 games, including the 2004 MLB All-Star Game as well as the Astros 2004-05 postseason runs. Bergstrom holds the distinction of working the first World Series game ever played on Texas soil in 2005.
The Astros have also used Bergstrom's expertise outside of Minute Maid Park. He has traveled to Astros facilities in Kissimmee, the Dominican Republic, and some of Houston's minor league affiliates to assist in playing surface renovation. He also played a significant role in the construction of the fields at the Astros Urban Youth Academy.
Bergstrom also volunteers to help build fields for youth organizations, and was instrumental in a successful field renovation project with RBI Austin that originated at the MLB Groundskeepers meetings in Austin in 2011. Additionally, he has served as President of three statewide turfgrass associations in his career, including the Kentucky Turfgrass Council, the Nebraska Sports Turf Managers Association, and the Texas Sports Turf Managers Association. And in 2013, Minute Maid Park was named Texas Turfgrass Association Field of the Year.
Bergstrom earned a bachelor's degree in horticulture (turfgrass specialty) from Iowa State University. He and his wife, Krista, reside in Spring, TX, and enjoy fostering rescued dogs in their home.
Vision for STMA
STMA has been a guiding force in my 20 year sports field management career. STMA has been my primary resource for continuing education in the industry. I have enjoyed seeing a new generation of sports field managers learn and grow through STMA, and I thank previous STMA Boards for their visionary growth of our association. I am but one individual who has benefitted greatly from our association, and I am honored to be a candidate on the ballot for 2015.
Regarding my vision for leadership, I feel that the best teams are the ones who execute the fundamentals well on a consistent basis. I believe one of the fundamentals of STMA leadership is building an association that maximizes the benefits to the membership, and encourages members to continue to learn and grow.