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

Today’s episode begins with a Bullpen Session where we discuss the stress of too many extra events on our fields which is a great lead in to our Outta the Park interview with Doug Gallant (Former Head Groundskeeper, Cincinnati Reds) and Tom Burns (Diamond Pro, Former Head Groundskeeper for the Texas Rangers) about what it’s like to transition out of groundskeeping before you’re ready to retire. We wrap things up with a quick look at the Diamond DaVincis’ Maintenance Calendar where we talk about stocking up for late fall and winter.

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The Other Side of the Fence (October 7, 2015)

In this episode we’re thinking about how life is different after groundskeeping and about what drives groundskeepers to seek out a different path within athletic turf management. In a great Bullpen Session we talk about how field use and additional events are changing the work/life balance for today’s groundskeepers. The biggest changes have started in the last 10-15 years and we’re seeing the direct impact with more groundskeepers opting out of the higher demand jobs well before retirement. Which leads directly into the Outta the Park interview where Paul, Tom Burns (Diamond Pro, Former Head Groundskeeper for the Texas Rangers) and Doug Gallant (Former Head Groundskeeper, Cincinnati Reds) talk about their decisions to look at different careers within our industry.

For our last segment, The Diamond DaVincis’ Maintenance Calendar, Paul and Theresa look at how stocking up for the winter now can benefit both you and your budget, what deals you can look for, and what products/tools are best to purchase in the coming month.

Segments: Bullpen Session, Outta the Park, Diamond DaVincis Maintenance Calendar

Guests:Doug Gallant (Former Head Groundskeeper, Cincinnati Reds), Tom Burns (Diamond Pro, Former Head Groundskeeper for the Texas Rangers)