Head Groundskeeper - Lansing Lugnuts (Oakland Athletics High A Affiliate)
Representing: Sports or Institutional Turf
Home town: Grosse Pointe, Michigan
How did you get interested in turf?
“My parents had season tickets to the Detroit Tigers, so I went to about 20 or 30 games a season growing up. So I really just like being at the ballpark a lot, being around the field, running the bases after games, when I was a little kid I thought that was awesome.
What made you decide to attend Michigan State University?
“Michigan State has a great turf program, but I would have gone there for anything. My dad went there, uncles went there, I grew up a Spartan fan my whole life. I grew up going to games there, baseball, football, basketball. There was no other school I was looking to go to.
How did you end up with the Lansing Lugnuts?
“I started an internship with the Detroit Tigers my junior year. I actually had to miss a semester of college, because the internship went from March all the way through November, so I had to take an extra semester to do that. That helped me be able to start here with the Lugnuts the following spring as the Assistant Greenskeeper in 2017. I really like being in Lansing, so when the Head Groundskeeper job opened up, I applied and was excited to get the job and be able to come back here!
What are your thoughts on being a board member with the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation?
“I’m really excited to be a part of it. While attending Michigan State I learned about the foundation, but to be a part of it, I’m really excited. I’m excited to learn from some great colleagues in all parts of the industry.