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

It’s all about the current state of turfgrass education in this episode. Our discussion starts with Paul and Theresa’s experiences becoming turfgrass professionals. Then we have two Outta the Park interviews with Dr. John Sorochan (Associate Professor, University of Tennessee) and Dr. Andrew “Andy” McNitt (Program Coordinator, Professor, Penn State) about the University perspective on student interest and how this is impacting our profession.

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Hire Education (March 23, 2016)

Turfgrass student numbers are down across the nation, so today we’re talking about how we can help make sure the right people are getting the educations and experience they need to keep the Sports Turf Industry moving in the right direction.

We start the episode with a discussion about how we became involved in the turfgrass industry and different ways that we work to mentor (even if only briefly) potential turf-heads.

Then we have 2 Outta the Park interviews first with Dr. John Sorochan (Associate Professor, University of Tennessee) and then Dr. Andrew “Andy” McNitt (Program Coordinator & Professor, Penn State). Both professors are very active within the sports turf industry and work with strong turfgrass programs. We ask them about their strategies for finding and cultivating new turfgrass talent – both schools have different takes on it but are delivering top-notch grads who, these days, have many job opportunities available upon graduation.

Segments: Outta the Park, Special Info

Guests: Dr. John Sorochan (Associate Professor, University of Tennessee) and then Dr. Andrew “Andy” McNitt (Program Coordinator & Professor, Penn State)