STMA Board Member Rodgers Resigns

On March 1, Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) Board Member Jimmy Rodgers, CSFM, officially resigned his Board position representing Category II— four-year Colleges and Universities. Rodgers’ selection as the Sports Turf Manager for the Washington Nationals in D.C. shifts his representation from the colleges and university category to the professional category. According to the STMA Bylaws the Board of Directors must have representation from each segment of its membership, and the professional category is currently filled.

On March 8, President Mike Trigg, CSFM, appointed Jay Warnick, CSFM, grounds supervisor from BYU Idaho to complete Rodgers remaining term, which is through 2005. The STMA Nominating Committee presented a slate of candidates for consideration to Trigg, and in compliance with the STMA Bylaws Trigg made the appointment.

Warnick is responsible for 35 acres of athletic fields, and 85 acres of grounds and hardscape for the university and manages a full-time crew of 10 and up to 75 student employees. The university also has off-campus learning sites along the Snake River that Warnick and his team maintain. Prior to BYU Idaho, Warnick was the director of fields for the Seattle Seahawks for four years, the athletic field manager for the University of Utah, and the assistant field manager for the Baltimore Ravens. Warnick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from Utah State University.

Rodgers is the first Certified Sports Field Manager in major league baseball. He will continue to be involved with STMA and currently serves on the Certification Committee.

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