Ericson winners

2017 Ericson Recipient

Paul Burgess
Real Madrid and Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

Paul is known for a strong work ethic and commitment to the sports turf industry, and the results are what his peers call, “world class” playing surfaces.

As head groundskeeper for one of the largest sports clubs in the world, Paul has taken his position and used it to promote our industry. He achieved three certifications in 2017. He became a Certified Sports Field Manager and had two sports facilities achieve Environmental Facility Certification. All three are a first for STMA — the first time that certifications have been achieved by a European Sports Field Manager.

Previous Dick Ericson Award Recipients

Year Previous Award Recipients
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)

* Facility listed is where employed at time of award. Check Directory for current listing