Ericson Award

2016 Dick Ericson Award


Tom Nielsen of the Louisville Bats Baseball Club received the 2016 Dick Ericson Award.

Tom has been cited by his peers as someone who has had a great influence on the lives of others in this profession. Several of the criteria of this award focus on personnel management and being open to the skills and the abilities of their staff members. During Tom’s 25-year career, no fewer than seven of his assistants have gone on to high-level positions, managing large and complex field operations. He has served on many committees for STMA and is a true ambassador for the industry. Tom has excellent technical skills and is a master at converting a baseball field into a soccer pitch up to 19 times per year. He has worked in football, too, and is no stranger to receiving a Founders Award, having received one in 2011. 



Previous Dick Ericson Award Recipients 

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 Roster for current listing

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