Jeff Salmond, CSFM
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Jeff Salmond CSFM is the Director of Athletic Field Management at the University of Oklahoma and oversees the personnel and the management for all the athletic fields for OU Athletics. Since his arrival in 2007, he also worked with many various athletic facility construction projects and improvements for OU. He is an Advisory Board member for the Oklahoma State Oklahoma City University Turf Management Program. Jeff has been an STMA member since 1995. He has been a past member of the Iowa and Illinois STMA Chapters. Jeff was also instrumental in starting the Oklahoma Chapter of STMA in 2011. He became a CSFM in 2003 and received a STMA Student Scholarship in 1997.
Jeff received a BS in Plant Science at the University of Missouri in 1996 and an MS in Horticulture at Iowa State University in 1998. His Master's work was researching the use of crumb rubber in high traffic areas on sports fields. He also assisted with the construction of the ISU Sports Turf Research area including sand stabilization, heating and air exchange, irrigation and drainage. His prior career experiences include working as the agronomist at Northwestern University and the athletic turf manager for the University of New Mexico. He was also an assistant field maintenance manager for the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL from 1998-2000.
He has written articles and contributed to columns for the sports turf industry. He has also presented at regional and national conferences. He was instrumental in the starting of the STMA Student Challenge and college student involvement. He has served as the STMA CSFM Committee Chairman and has been on the Membership, Website and Finance and Audit Committees. Jeff has served the past 3 years as the Chair for the Education Committee’s Seminar on Wheels Tour sub-committee.
Vision for STMA
I am thankful to be a part of such a great organization and fortunate to have been with STMA for 15 of the 30 years. I will work at the highest level of service in STMA to give back to the organization that has given so much to me. I will help to encourage growth nationally in STMA with promoting the formation of chapters into states that do not have one and look to help expand STMA more internationally. By doing this we will continue to strengthen the role and importance of the sports turf manager on all levels. I would like to continue to promote professionalism across the industry through the certification program and see STMA as the leading association for athletic field management and research around the world.