Gill winners

2019 Harry C. Gill Founders Award

Troy Smith, CSFM
Ewing Irrigation

Troy has known since the age of 13 that he wanted to be a sports field manager. After pitching his way through junior college on an athletic scholarship, he then attended Colorado Statue University to study horticulture. At the first STMA event he attended, he met David Mellor who would guide him into a Major League Baseball job. As fate would have it, he then met Harry Gill and moved into a full time position upon Harry’s retirement. Eventually moving to the NFL, Troy continued to give back to the industry in a big way. He took leadership roles in the local STMA chapter while mentoring countless interns and sports field managers. He was destined to play a significant role at the national level for the STMA… from committee work, to a board position, and eventually serving as President of the STMA. Along the way, his leadership resulted in efforts to enhance the professionalism of members and the industry as a whole, and a re-dedication to continuing learning opportunities for all members.

Previous Harry C. Gill Founders Award Recipients

Year Award Winner
2018 Jeff Fowler, Penn State University Senior Extension (PA)
2017 Tim Moore, GCA Services
2016 Darian Daily (awarded posthumously), Cincinnati Bengals (OH)
2015 Michael Goatley, Ph.D., Virginia Tech University (VA)
2014 Andrew McNitt, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University (PA)
2013 Bucky Trotter, Sports Facilities Insights (KY)
2012 Richard Moffitt, Moffitt & Associates (MO)
2011 Mike Andresen, CSFM, Iowa State University (IA)
2010 Leo Goertz, Texas A&M University (TX) (deceased)
2009 Tom Burns, Diamond Pro/TXI (TX)
2008 Bob Campbell, CSFM, University of Tennessee (TN)
2007 Bob Curry, Covermaster, Inc. (Ontario, Canada)
2006 Boyd R. Montgomery, CSFM, The Toro Company (MN)
2005 Bob Christofferson, Seattle Mariners, (WA)
2004 Lynda Wightman, Hunter Industries (CT)
2003 Ken Mrock, Chicago Bears Football Club (IL)
2002 Ross Kurcab, CSFM, Invesco Field at Mile High (CO)
2001 Dan Douglas, Reading Phillies (PA)
2000 Mary Owen, University of Massachusetts – Extension (MA)
1999 *Dale Getz, University of Notre Dame (IN)
1998 John Souter, Turfgrass Consultant, Perthshire, Scotland
1997 *Eugene Mayer, The Scotts Company
1996 Greg Petry, Waukegan Park District (IL)
1995 Gil Landry, Ph.D., University of Georgia (GA)
1994 Henry Indyk, Ph.D., (deceased), Turfcon (NJ)
1993 *Mike Schiller, Schaumburg Park District (IL)
1992 George Toma, Kansas City Royals & NFL (MO)
1991 James Watson, Ph.D., The Toro Company (CO)
1990 *David Frey, Cleveland Stadium (OH)
1989 *David Frey, Cleveland Stadium (OH)
1987 *Mark Hodnick, Cal Poly Pomona (CA)
1986 Kent W. Kurtz, Ph.D., (deceased) Cal Poly Pomona (CA)
1985 Anthony Burnett, RFK Stadium (DC)
1984 *Steve Wightman, Mile High Stadium (CO)
1983 William H. Daniel Ph.D., (deceased) Purdue University (IN)
1982 Harry C. Gill, (deceased), Milwaukee County Stadium (WI)

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