2020 Election Info

STMA’s Board of Directors annual election for 2020 will be from Nov. 12 – Dec. 3. Ballots will be sent electronically to voting members from Survey Monkey on behalf of STMA, subject line: Vote for your 2020 Board of Directors. STMA’s audit firm, SS&C is handling the balloting process. The election results will be announced during the STMA Annual Meeting on Jan., 15, in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The open director positions that will be on the ballot include:

  • Director Parks and Recreation
  • Director Academic
  • Director Higher Education
  • Director At-Large Elected

Officers

Past President

President-Elect

Vice President - Commercial

Directors

President-Elect, Jimmy Simpson, CSFM
President

Jimmy Simpson, CSFM

Town of Cary, Cary, NC

Jimmy Simpson, CSFM has worked in the turfgrass industry for 20 years. He graduated from NC State University in 2002 with a B.S. in Agronomy concentrating in Turfgrass Management. He began working full-time in the industry while still a student when he was hired as Interim Head Groundskeeper for the AAA Durham Bulls Baseball Club in May 2001; he was later hired permanently. He is employed by the Town of Cary as a Facilities Management Coordinator where he is responsible for all operations related to buildings and grounds maintenance at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, WakeMed Soccer Park, Middle Creek Community Park, Mills Park Middle School and other Town properties. Jimmy has been integral in helping to host many major sporting events at these venues including the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Soccer College Cup, ACC Soccer events, international soccer matches, training site for the US Men’s National Team prior to the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, the USA Olympic Baseball team, and the NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship. Prior to joining the Town of Cary, Jimmy was employed by the University of South Carolina as a Grounds Supervisor.

Jimmy formerly served on the Board of Directors, as treasurer, of the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina for 3 years. A past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the Sports Turf Managers Association, he now serves as the chair of the Conference Committee for the Sports Turf Managers Association and previously served on the STMA Conference Education Committee, as well as the Finance and Audit committee. Jimmy earned his Certified Sports Field Manager designation in 2008. He was named a 2014 Outstanding Young Alumnus for NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

He is passionate about giving back to the industry and furthering the profession. Jimmy established an internship program at the Town of Cary that employs several students annually. He also returns to NC State each semester to address Turfgrass Management students. In addition, he co-founded a scholarship golf tournament with the NC/SC STMA that has awarded $30,000+ in scholarships to turfgrass students in the Carolinas over the last 9 years.

Vision for STMA

As a long-standing member of the STMA, I have benefitted greatly from the opportunities for knowledge, networking and connections the association offers. The history of our association is strong and has put us on a solid foundation for the future. Now it is incumbent upon us to balance the history with the future, so that we can continue to evolve and adapt the association and its offerings to ensure we remain relevant to today’s (and tomorrow’s) Sports Turf Managers.

I believe the STMA must also expand its external outreach efforts to the public, our supervisors and the end-users of our facilities. Collectively, we need to increase awareness of the relevance and impact that a Sports Turf Manager has on the success and safety of athletic facilities.

I am proud to see the growth of the STMA over the years and I look forward to the future as we develop the new narrative of the modern Sports Turf Manager together.

Secretary/Treasurer, Jody Gill, CSFM
Past President

Jody Gill, CSFM

Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, KS

Jody has been building and maintaining sports fields for over 30 years. For the last 24 years, he has been the Grounds Coordinator for the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas where he is responsible for 38 schools on 1,300 acres spread over 91 square miles including 105 athletic fields on 200 acres. He was a co-founder of the Mo-Kan Chapter of the STMA and has served in every executive cabinet position. He has served as a Board member for the Missouri Valley Turfgrass Association, Advisory Board Member for the Longview Community College Turf Management Program, numerous STMA committees and task forces, STMA Board member, SAFE Foundation Trustee, STMA Secretary/Treasurer and STMA President. His crew earned the STMA Football Field of the Year award in 2004. He became a CSFM in 2009. He has written numerous articles and presented at regional and national conferences. As a licensed pilot, he enjoys flying several different types of aircraft. He travels extensively each year to paint large grass and asphalt logos for several professional auto racing series events and plans to expand this and other opportunities as retirement from public service is near. He lives in Lees Summit, Missouri with his wife Tammy. They have 3 children, Erin, Caroline and Curtis.

Vision for STMA

The STMA is truly an awesome organization. Just think about the impact that the members of this organization have had on sports all over the world. Our skills, abilities and efforts help teams and individuals win State, National and even World Championships. I have been fortunate to have served STMA in many capacities over the years. I have been honored to serve as the first STMA President from the K12 Schools membership category and I look forward to continuing to serve as Immediate Past President.

Although each of our membership categories are unique and different, we share the common goal of being experts on the field and partners in the game. As an association of professionals, we must strive to be the first place people go to get information on sports field management, environmental responsibility and safer fields. In just a few short years, the tools of our industry have dramatically changed. From transit level and tape measure surveying to rotating laser and now to GPS grading. We are using drones to gather data for 3D mapping and modeling. We are even evaluating crop, tree and turf health using NIR equipped high resolution cameras mounted on GPS controlled drones. Soon we will find amazing new uses for GPS drones at all levels within our industry. We must embrace the new technology and be among the leaders who develop new uses for it and continue to find ways to be more efficient and effective.

Through innovative collaboration with our peer organizations, we must continue to promote the importance of hiring qualified Professional Sports Field Managers to maintain safe natural and synthetic playing fields. The strength of any organization is measured not only by the number of members but also by their level of involvement and passion for the industry. With 2,600 members, we are not a large organization but we have a membership passionate and dedicated to their craft. While there is strength in numbers, there is much more power in an engaged membership. By supporting and challenging membership to improve quality and professionalism, our industry and our Association will grow.

Higher Education Director, Nick McKenna, CSFM
President-Elect

Nick McKenna, CSFM

Texas A&M Athletic Department, College Station, TX

Nick McKenna, CSFM, is an Assistant Athletic Field Manager at Texas A&M University. Nick returned to Texas A&M in August 2011 after having spent 4 years working for Virginia Tech overseeing their baseball and soccer/lacrosse facilities. He assists in overseeing all the athletics fields at Texas A&M which include Kyle Field, the Coolidge Football Practice Fields, Olsen Field at Bluebell Park (baseball), Ellis Field (soccer), Davis Diamond (softball), as well as the track & field facilities and numerous landscape areas. This is Nick’s second term at Texas A&M, where he also served as a groundskeeper from 2003-2005.

Nick received his B.S. from Iowa State University in Horticulture with a turfgrass emphasis. While at Iowa State, he served as an athletic field intern during his final semester in school. Nick also completed coursework and research towards an M.S. in Crop Soils & Environmental Science at Virginia Tech, and in 2007 was the recipient of the Dr. James Watson SAFE scholarship. Nick has served on numerous STMA committees and achieved CSFM status in January 2011. He briefly served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia STMA before returning to Texas where he has served on the TXSTMA Board for the last since 2012.

Vision for STMA

Aside from providing safe athletic surfaces on a continual basis, my primary role as an athletic field manager is to educate the public about our profession and to develop the next generation of athletic field managers. In my experience, the STMA is the single greatest resource we have to support that mission by providing us with the network, tools, and information needed to succeed in this endeavor. It would be a privilege to give back to an organization that has provided so much to me.

My vision for STMA is to continue to promote our position as “Experts in the Field, Partners in the Game”. An organization is only as good as its membership, so we must strive to find ways to grow our membership and help them in as many ways as possible. We must continue to develop ideas, programs, and resources for our membership to help them advocate their positions and to educate the public about the importance of safe, environmentally responsible, and functional athletic fields.

Additionally, I would like to see the organization continue to grow and develop our professional image and to establish ourselves as true experts within the industry. We need to continue to advocate for our membership and stay on the forefront of potential issues that our industry has faced and will continue to face in the coming years.

Director Commercial, Jeremy Bohonko
Vice President – Commercial

Jeremy Bohonko

Ewing Irrigation, Charlotte, NC

Jeremy is the Regional Manager- Piedmont Region for Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply. Previously he was the National Sports Field Specialist for the North and South Carolina area. He has also held the position of Branch Manager of Ewing’s North Charlotte location and before moving to Charlotte, he worked in inside sales at Ewing’s headquarters in Phoenix.

In his role, he serves a wide variety of customers ranging from sports field managers and golf course professionals to residential and commercial contractors. After finishing his college baseball career, he was the assistant groundskeeper at Hagerstown Suns Municipal Stadium, a minor league baseball facility in Maryland. After that, he relocated and continued his career as an assistant groundskeeper tor the Oakland Athletics at their Phoenix-based spring training facility. He graduated from the College of William and Mary/Shippensburg University with a B.S.BA in Marketing and completed the University of Georgia ‘s Sports Turf grass management certification program. He is involved in the North Carolina chapter of the STMA and currently serves as the commercial vice president. he is also a national STMA member and a member of the Georgia and South Carolina chapters.

Outside of work, Jeremy enjoys spending time and traveling with his family: wife, Toni, and sons Chase and Cooper.

Vision for STMA

As the Commercial Director, my vision for STMA is to further build upon the strong relationships between the board, our vendors and our members to continue to make our chapter successful. Serving as a partner in the sports turf community, we can work together to further elevate our profession and lead into the future of our field.

Schools K-12 Director, Sun Roesslein, CSFM
Secretary/Treasurer

Sun Roesslein, CSFM

Jeffco Schools, Golden, CO

Roesslein, CSFM, has been Sports Stadium Manager at the North Area Athletic Complex for 15 years. She is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the football stadium and the soccer stadium which make up the NAAC. The complex is the home field for 6 of the high schools in the Jefferson County School District. Sun got her start in the turfgrass management industry working on the grounds crew for the Lexington Legends Minor League baseball team in 2001. After moving to Denver she worked briefly for the City of Thornton before taking her current position with Jeffco Schools Athletics. In 2014, the NAAC soccer field was awarded STMA’s Soccer Field of the Year for the Schools and Parks category. The following year, the NAAC football field was selected as STMA’s 2015 Football Field of the Year in the same category.

Sun received her B.S. in 2000 and M.S. in 2002 from Eastern Kentucky University in Sports Administration. It was during her final semester that she discovered the turfgrass industry and decided to make a career path change. She became a member of STMA in 2002. She is a Past President of the Rocky Mountain Regional Turfgrass Association, served on the CSTMA Board of Directors, and has been a member of STMA’s Ethics committee, Website/ Technology committee and is currently Chair of the Membership committee. Sun was the Director representing the K-12 segment of the membership on the STMA Board for two years and is currently the At-Large Appointed Director as well as a SAFE Foundation Board member. In July of 2016, Sun earned her CSFM designation.

Vision for STMA

The STMA membership is a group of passionate, talented, driven and dedicated people who make this industry a great one! I believe the Association plays a crucial role in supporting the success of sports turf managers through education, networking, certifications, and awareness. I envision STMA and our membership to continue being the industry leaders in sports field management around the world. STMA provides these opportunities and I have no doubt will continue to do so in the future. Many of us have responsibilities beyond maintaining our playing surfaces and STMA’s collaboration with other groups in related industries is certainly an area for growth. Whether those additional responsibilities involve administrative duties, facility management, or event management, I envision STMA partnering with organizations in those areas to support our membership in their expansion of duties. These collaborations will also increase STMA member’s visibility and credibility. STMA has enhanced my career tremendously, and I would be honored to continue to help the Association support the successes of members at every level.

STMA has enhanced my career tremendously, and I would be honored to continue to help the Association support the successes of members at every level.


Parks & Recreation Director, James Bergdoll, CSFM
Secretary/Treasurer

James Bergdoll, CSFM

City of Chattanooga, TN

James Bergdoll, CSFM is the Director of Park Maintenance for the City of Chattanooga (TN) Department of Public Works, a position he has held since 2015. Bergdoll oversees the maintenance and operations of over 100 public spaces throughout the City of Chattanooga, including 84 parks, 35 miles of greenway, multiple youth sports association facilities and 2 golf courses. He holds a MS in Sports and Recreation Administration from Western Kentucky University and a BS in Turfgrass Science from Purdue University. Prior to serving the citizens of Chattanooga, Bergdoll oversaw the design, construction, and operations of Elizabethtown (KY) Sports Park. He also gained industry experience at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, Baltimore Orioles Spring Training, Indianapolis Indians, Purdue Athletics (Golf & Sports Fields), and Hanover College. Bergdoll has been a member of the STMA since 2004, serving on several different committees, and achieved CSFM status in 2013. Bergdoll is a Past President of the Kentucky STMA, and is currently a member of the TVSTMA and APWA.

Vision for STMA

After 2 years of Board service, I have had my eyes opened and I feel like I have a larger picture of our industry and organization. My vision for STMA is still to continue to help colleagues in the industry work towards having high quality athletic fields that are safe, play extraordinary, and are aesthetically pleasing. I also believe that we have opportunities to be a larger voice for advocating sustainable and environmentally friendly maintenance practices. We also need to be educating our membership on what they can do to increase their awareness in their communities and the roles they play. I am excited to see how we can do this through the STMA. While we have made great strides in recent years, my vision for the STMA involves the continued promotion of awareness to the work that sports turf managers take part in and maintain increased recognition as a profession. Having my professional role in parks maintenance, I have found that it is very important to educate the general public and its leaders on the importance of sport field management and how it positively impacts those that use public facilities, primarily our youth.

Academic Director, Adam Thoms, Ph.D.
Director – Academic

Jason Kruse, Ph.D.

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Jason Kruse, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida. He also serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Department of Environmental Horticulture and teaches courses in Turfgrass Culture and Golf and Sports Turf Management. Dr. Kruse’s responsibilities as a turfgrass specialist include managing the University of Florida turfgrass Envirotron teaching and research facility, providing education and outreach through extension programs, and planning and implementing turfgrass educational field days. His research program focuses on management of athletic field systems as well how nutrient and water management strategies affect the health and environmental impact of turfgrass systems. Jason has been an active member of STMA since 2007 and has served on the conference planning committee, the international committee, and is currently completing his first term as the Academic Representative on the STMA Board of Directors.

Vision for STMA

My involvement in the STMA has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career and I am proud of the impact that the members of our organization have on sports at all levels throughout the world. My vision for the STMA is to have it continue its effort to establish itself as the preeminent source of information related to construction and management of sports fields and continuing education for the professionals who manage them. This will require a continued effort to grow membership and outreach efforts so that sports field managers and stakeholders consider membership in STMA as a valuable part of professional development. The STMA will seek opportunities to expand the delivery of educational content and increase certification among its members with the ultimate goal of giving all athletic field managers access to the knowledge needed to maintain safe, playable athletic fields.


 

Academic Director, Jason Kruse, Ph.D.
Director – Academic

Adam Thoms, Ph.D.

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Adam Thoms is an Assistant Professor of Commercial Turfgrass in the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University, where he started in 2016. He oversees the sports turf research at Iowa State, and is the Turfgrass Extension Specialist for Iowa. In addition to research and Extension activities, Adam teaches two classes (Turfgrass Irrigation and Sports Turf Management), as well as serving as an advisor to the Iowa State Turf Club. Adam is in charge of planning education for the Iowa State Turfgrass Field Day, and helps with planning education for the Iowa Turfgrass Conference. Before coming to Iowa State University, Adam was the Research Leader for the Center for Athletic Field Safety at the University of Tennessee. Adam received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee working on sports turf related projects. He completed his B.S. degree from Iowa State University. Adam has been active in the STMA since 2005, and took part in the very first STMA Student Challenge. He is currently serving as the Technical Editor for SportsTurf Magazine, and is on the Editorial Committee. He has served on several committees over the years. Adam is active in the Iowa STMA Chapter, serving on the Board of Directors as an Educational Advisor. Outside of work he enjoys time with him family, wife (Rachel) and two children (George and Greta).

Vision for STMA

I see the STMA as the organization of knowledge and education for sports turf managers who want high quality athletic fields that are safe for the end-user. In the future, I hope the public looks to the STMA as the first resource when they have questions about athletic field maintenance and performance as well as how to improve an athletic field. Often it is about educating the public that athletic fields need care to be safe, and this is where the STMA can promote this need. Providing information that is easily accessible has to be a goal to grow public awareness. Having a strong web presence with information is important, and with the creation of the STMA Institute, the organization is headed in a great direction. This great resource should be promoted in the upcoming years. The STMA should continue as an advocate for Sports Turf Managers by helping improve professionalism and grow awareness on the importance of input from field managers on use/construction. Field managers hold so much information on improving field performance and safety, and should be consulted more. This takes education to coaches and athletic directors, and I feel the STMA can provide that education. Finally, I hope the STMA continues to strongly support the next generation of field managers by continuing to give scholarships, sponsor student challenges, and growing the research grant opportunities for students interested in athletic field related projects. I see the STMA continuing to be a leader in improving athletic field safety through education and promotion of field managers.

Elected Director at Large, Billy Pipp,CSFM
Elected Director at Large

Billy Pipp, CSFM

ABM, Midlothian, VA

Mr. William “Billy” Pipp supports general and athletic grounds operations and startups at Higher and K-12 Education facilities in the Southeast, East Coast and Midwest. He joined ABM in 2013 as the Grounds Manager at Virginia State University. Prior, he spent three years working as an intern for two Major League Baseball teams. Mr. Pipp then worked a combined six years for Athletic Field Staffs at two Power Five, Division I Universities. He was awarded the Iowa Soccer Field of the Year in 2013 by the Iowa Sports Turf Managers Association.

Billy has been a member of the Sports Turf Managers Association since 2004, obtaining his Certified Sports Field Manager (CSFM) credential in 2018. Mr. Pipp is a Certified Pesticide and Fertilizer Applicator in several states and is Certified by the Accredited Snow Contractors Association. Mr. Pipp graduated from the University of Missouri in 2008 with a degree in Plant Sciences. Mr. Pipp is active in his local community as a Commissioner for the Chesterfield County (VA) Parks and Recreation Commission and sits on the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Board of Associates. Billy resides in Midlothian, Virginia with his wife Andrea and two Daughters Lexi 8 and Arabella 3.

Vision for STMA

My vision for STMA is to continue to transform the organization to better suit the needs of our membership. An organization in which I have been a member since 2004. Without members that are passionate about our job field, this organization would not exist. It is imperative that educational focused events at High Schools should be offered and sponsored by our organization, as many Collegiate turf programs are shrinking, and in some cases, no longer offer a Turfgrass Degree. I appreciate that the STMA has had cross over opportunities with the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), and I believe that relationship is something that should be discussed, encouraged, and elaborated on, as many members of our organization not only manage Athletic Turf fields but also general school and campus grounds. More education and training should be offered within STMA outside of athletic fields, in the event that a member’s administration will make them pick one organization or conference to belong to over another.


 

Elected Director at Large, Scott Thompson,CSFM
Elected Director at Large

Scott Thompson, CSFM

Duke University, Durham, NC

Scott Thompson, CSFM is in his sixth year as the Grounds Superintendent at Duke University. In his current role he is responsible for nearly 300 acres of university grounds maintenance, grounds equipment and fleet maintenance, and sports turf maintenance. Prior to his tenure as superintendent he was the sports turf manager for the Blue Devils for six years. Since coming to Duke in 2008, Scott has been a part of many athletic and university construction and renovation projects including the overall Duke Athletics capital improvement master plan anchored by Wallace Wade Stadium. Before coming to Duke, Scott spent the majority of his time in the golf course maintenance industry prior to and after completing his coursework at North Carolina State University. Scott graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy with a concentration in Turfgrass Science. Scott is actively serving as the Secretary/Treasurer for the North Carolina STMA Chapter and formerly as a board member for the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina. Scott has served on several STMA committees including the Awards Committee, and Conference Education Committee, and he received his CSFM designation in 2013.
Scott currently resides in Durham with his wife Kristen and three daughters Charlotte Mae, Millie, and Eloise.

Vision for STMA

My vision for the STMA is one of forward thinking and staying ahead of the game. While our industry has been around for decades, it is growing and changing at an exponential rate. As new technologies and methods are constantly being developed, being at the forefront of developments and advancements in our field is critical and the STMA has been a pioneer in this industry’s growth for several years. It’s important to me to encourage other sports turf managers to think outside the box and try new techniques that were not considered years ago. When individual professionals are excelling in their craft and producing superior sports turf, our industry benefits as a whole. Through continuing education and networking opportunities at the local and national levels, these ideas begin to flourish as we learn from one another and push each other towards excellence, allowing us to take these ideas and turn them into tangible and workable models at our respective facilities. While the importance of education cannot be understated, our fields are being used in new ways with the changing landscape in the athletic and event world and critical thinking and problem solving are among our most valuable assets. We are stronger as individual sports turf managers when we have the opportunity to come together to share experience and collaborate in helping to work through individual problems. While we may personally represent a wide variety of individual facilities, our vested interest is in the advancement and betterment of our industry. I am grateful to be a part of an organization that advocates for and promotes the growth and professional development of its membership.

Higher Education Director, Joshua Koss, CSFM
Director – Higher Education

Joshua Koss, CSFM

San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Joshua Koss, CSFM has 20 years’ experience in the turfgrass management industry with time spent in both Golf Course Management and Sports Turf Management.

Josh is currently in his 5th year at San Diego State University; he works as the Assistant Director, Landscape and Fleet Services. He is responsible for the daily coordination and delivery of landscape services and maintenance to more than 280 acres of campus landscape. This includes the management of the university’s 9.7 acres of natural turf and 4.5 acres of synthetic turf utilized for NCAA D-1 and Intramural competition.

Prior to his current management position, Josh spent one year as the Athletic Fields Lead Groundsworker at SDSU helping to bring the SDSU Athletic Grounds operation to its current level. Josh is also responsible for the management of the Fleet Services operation at the university, overseeing 3 mechanics who maintain 275 university owned assets and various pieces of small grounds maintenance equipment.

Josh spent valuable time in MiLB, serving as an Assistant Head Groundskeeper for both the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Bowie Baysox baseball clubs. He also has served as Senior Sports Turf Manager for Ripken Baseball – responsible for maintaining Ripken Stadium, home of the Aberdeen Ironbirds Baseball Club.

Josh has also spent time in the Private School PK-12 environment; 3 years in Fields and Grounds Maintenance at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA, and 5 years at the San Diego Jewish Academy in San Diego, CA as Grounds and Landscape Manager.
Josh completed his Turfgrass Management internship in MLB, working 2 seasons as a groundskeeper for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club.

Josh holds an AAS degree in Horticulture and Landscape Technologies (Turfgrass Management concentration) from Front Range Community College in Westminster, CO and a BS degree in Business Management (focus on Organizational Leadership) from Colorado State University.
Josh was awarded the 2009 STMA Schools/Parks Soccer “Field of the Year” for SDJA Field at San Diego Jewish Academy. He was a presenter the STMA Conference and Exhibition in Austin, TX in 2010. He earned his CSFM in August of 2017.

Josh is currently the President of the Southern California Chapter of STMA and has served various roles on the Board throughout most of his tenure in San Diego, including President from 2011-2013.

Vision for STMA

I have been in the Sports Turf industry since 2000, and a member of STMA since 2005. I was awarded the 2009 STMA Schools/Parks Soccer “Field of the Year” for SDJA Field at San Diego Jewish Academy and was a presenter the STMA Conference and Exhibition in Austin, TX in 2011. I have worked as a Sport Turf Manager in the Professional segment, the College/University segment, the Parks/Rec segment, and the K-12 segment. I understand the value of STMA to the Sports Turf Manager. It has provided me a tool to use for many years now and it is gratifying to see it benefit younger Sports Turf Managers in the same way.

I served as the Higher Education Director in 2019 on a year appointment. I have found the Higher Education environment to be the most challenging and rewarding level of sports turf management. I am honored to have served as a director on behalf of our Higher Ed membership and hope I provided value to the Board of Directors. I have worked to serve this segment to the best of my ability during my tenure and am 100% dedicated to serving all members.


 

Elected Director at Large, Clark Cox,CSFM
Elected Director at Large

Clark Cox, CSFM

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Clark Cox is Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Turf and Landscaping at the University of South Carolina. He oversees the maintenance and development of over 50 acres of sports fields and landscaping used by the Gamecock athletic program. Since coming to the University of South Carolina in 2004, Clark has supervised many athletic field projects including the construction of the new baseball field at Founders Park and the complete renovation of the playing field at Williams-Brice Stadium. Clark holds a Turfgrass Management degree from the North Carolina State University Agricultural Institute where he also served on the grounds staff for 6 years. Clark is past President of the South Carolina STMA Chapter and currently serves as a member of the SouthEast Regional Sports Turf Conference planning committee.

Vision for STMA

I first joined STMA because I felt our industry needed to be seen in a more professional light. STMA has made great strides in that area over the years but there is still a lot of work to do. I would like STMA to continue to promote professionalism among our members at every level. I believe we need to educate all outside the sports turf industry about the professional, passionate, and educated individuals that make up STMA. One day I hope to see our profession recognized by coaches, administrators and fans as an integral part of every sports team or organization.

Parks & Recreation Director, Ron Hostick, CSFM
Director – Parks & Recreation

Ron Hostick, CSFM

City of San Francisco, CA

Ron started working holidays and summers during his high school years at a local 9 hole golf course in Frederick Oklahoma. His love of the work led him to the Turf Management program at Oklahoma State University. In his last 3 years at OSU he was part of the maintenance crew for the Turf Research Facility. Upon graduation he moved to Palm Springs California and spent 6 years working in the golf course maintenance industry culminating as host superintendent of the 30th Annual Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at Bermuda Dunes CC. Over the next 10 years he worked as an independent businessman providing landscape services in Oklahoma and Texas. In 2001 he was introduced to sports turf management at San Diego State University and relied heavily on STMA as a resource for information and support. He moved to San Luis Obispo California to serve as the Landscape Services Manager for Cal Poly University. He is now at San Francisco Rec and Park as the Park Section Supervisor for the Crocker Complex.

In 2004 the team Ron worked with won STMA’s Field of the Year and achieved his CSFM standing. He spent 8 years on the Board of SoCal STMA, 2 as President. A total of 3 years National STMA board service 2 years as the College and University Represented and 1 as an At-Large Board Member. Ron also spent 6 years on the National Board of Directors for the Professional Grounds Management Society as the Southwestern Regional Director.

Vision for STMA

STMA can continue to lead the industry only if we look to our membership and keep in touch with their daily strife. Developing great education and helping our members learn how to communicate effectively with the public are key issues for our organization and would be my focus as a Board member. Helping our membership with vehicles to show their professionalism is a valuable asset of STMA membership, something I have learned personally. Growing our National Convention Educational offering to include more soft skills such as HR and personnel management, how to speak at a local community meeting effectively about safety including natural vs synthetic turf and pesticide use are going to become valuable skills for our members in the near future.


Parks & Recreation Director, Brad Thedens, CSFM
Director – Parks & Recreation

Brad Thedens, CSFM

City of Sioux Falls, SD

Brad graduated from Iowa State University in 2001 with a B.S. degree in Horticulture with a Turfgrass emphasis. After graduating, he worked for SW Franks Construction as a Supervisor overseeing field grow-in and maintenance for projects from MLB and NFL stadiums to minor league and high school fields.

For the past 14 years, he has been in Parks and Recreation working as a Park Caretaker for the City of Sioux Falls Parks Department managing their 3 soccer complexes. This includes 21 full-size natural grass fields and another 20 acres used for youth sized fields. The complexes have been host to multiple US Youth Midwest Regional Tournaments, a yearly 3 day Jazz Festival, 11 Nike Cross National Heartland Region and 4 NCAA Twilight Cross County meets, numerous other tournaments and special events along with over 3,000 recreational matches a year.

He am a member of the Iowa STMA serving on the board of directors and currently serves as Past President. He attained the CSFM designation in 2017 and is currently working toward receiving Certified Park and Recreation Professional status from the NPRA. He live in Harrisburg, SD with his wife and 3 children (Clay and twins Zack and Zoe).

Vision for STMA

My vision for STMA is to continue the great work that has already been done to grow the professionalism and importance of the industry. It is important that we continue educating the public on the importance sports field managers have to provide safe, playable, sustainable and viable surfaces for all athletes and participants. I feel this is extremely important to do at the Park and Recreation level with the tremendous number of young athletes that are participating in sports at these facilities. It is important that we educate public leaders about the importance and impact we as sports field managers have in providing those surfaces.