Ericson winners

2018 Ericson Recipient

Nicole Sherry
Baltimore Orioles

The Dick Ericson Award is given to someone who has an impact in raising the level of professionalism within the industry, and Nicole continues to do just that. From speaking at regional conferences and giving much time to the local chapter, she has also been a role model for many. Like other sports field managers in the industry, Nicole has loved sports since childhood and was exposed to the career of sports field management after a school field trip to a nearby stadium. Noted as the hardest working intern by the general manager who hired her — not only for the excellent work ethic exhibited, but because of the thoughtful and insightful questions asked — her career path led Nicole to a head groundskeeper’s position in Minor League Baseball. She even had a bobblehead created in their honor. From Minor League then to the majors, where she became the second female head groundskeeper in Major League Baseball.

Previous Dick Ericson Award Recipients

Year Previous Award Recipients
2017 Paul Burgess, Real Madrid and Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
2016 Tom Nielsen, Louisville Bats Baseball Club, Louisville(KY)
2015 Michael Buras, CSFM, Longwood Cricket Club, Chestnut Hill (MA)
2014 Tony Leonard, Philadelphia Eagles (PA)
2013 Rich Watson, Pine Hill Schools, Sewell (NJ)
2012 Amy Fouty, CSFM, Michigan State University Intercollegiate Athletics, East Lansing (MI)
2011 Darian Daily, Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati (OH)
2010 Mike Trigg, CSFM, Waukegan Park District, Waukegan (IL)
2009 David Rulli, Jeffco Stadium, Lakewood (CO)
2008 Mike Tarantino, Poway Unified School District, Poway (CA)
2007 Donald Fowler, PSU Extension (Retired) (PA)
2006 Mike McDonald, CSFM, Turf Manager, University of Minnesota (MN)
2005 Floyd Perry, Owner, Grounds Maintenance Services, Orlando (FL)
2004 Steve LeGros, GCA Service at the University of New Hampshire (NH)
2003 Pat White, City of Hollywood (FL)
2002 Eric Adkins, CSFM, Michigan State University (MI)
2001 Heather Nabozny, Detroit Tigers (MI)
2000 By Hanson, Jefferson County Public Schools (CO)
1999 G.C. (George) Trivett, Granite Falls Middle School (NC)
1998 Ross Kurcab, Denver Broncos (CO)
1997 Merton Johnson, Cal State/Fullerton (CA)

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