Beacon Athletics Diamond DaVincis

Let's talk ballfields.

This podcast is dedicated to the artistry and science of sports field management. Diamond Davincis celebrates the men and women in the sports field industry whose fields are their canvas. This podcast will discuss ballfields and their artists at all levels — from the little leagues to the bigs, and everywhere in between. From time to time we may venture into the world of football and soccer groundskeeping. Golf? Forget about it! They have their own shows. We hope to educate, inform and entertain you with interviews from around the sports field management industry. Give your mind a break while working on your fields and give us a listen. Email questions directly to podcast@beaconathletics.com.

Meet the Hosts

Let’s go! Football is taking over today’s podcast beginning with our new segment, Gridiron Guru, where we pull in Ross Kurcab (former Head Groundskeeper, Denver Broncos) to run through the basics of football field stress management. Then it’s off to Lambeau Field for the Outta the Park interview with Allen Johnson (Head Groundskeeper, Green Bay Packers). And we wrap up with the first in a series of Turf Science segments discussing the science behind wear tolerance and how to test for it in turf.

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Hey, Ho… Lambeau! (September 29, 2015)

Let’s go! Football is taking over – the NFL, college, high school and recreation leagues are in full swing and we’re hitting the yard lines running. We have a new segment to introduce today, with Ross Kurcab (former Head Groundskeeper, Denver Broncos) joining us as our very own Gridiron Guru. He’ll be joining us regularly this season to school us on all things football field management. Then we’re talking more football in the Outta the Park interview with Allen Johnson (Head Groundskeeper, Green Bay Packers) who has been at Lambeau Field for almost 20 years and even worked on the construction crew that installed the new field. Last, but not least (regardless of what Paul thinks) we head to the first in an intermittent series of Turfgrass Science segments which are focused on the science behind turfgrass wear tolerance. Most testing and measurement is based on the extreme wear we see in football, either the power of a 300lb line-man or the over-use wear inherent in recreational football, we’ll talk about why and how it impacts decisions we make in all sports and turf uses.

Segments: Gridiron Guru, Outta the Park, Turfgrass Science

Guests: Ross Kurcab (Championship Sports Turf Systems; Former Head Groundskeeper, Denver Broncos), Allen Johnson (Head Groundskeeper, Green Bay Packers)

▶ Gridiron Guru:
Ross’s Email Address
Twitter: @naturalgrassman
– Championship Sports Turf Systems Phone Number: 888-498-1117
ASTM Standard Guide for Maintaining Cool Season Turfgrasses on Athletic Fields
ASTM Standard Guide for Maintaining Warm Season Turfgrasses on Athletic Fields
SAFE Foundation YouTube Channel
SAFE Foundation, Natural Grass Field YouTube video