ILSTMA Awards to Honor the Achievements of Our Members

We never forget about the people who share our passion for turf. This includes our members, as well as students who are pursuing this field of study. This is why the Illinois Sports Turf Managers Association presents awards and scholarships each year. Following is a list of our awards and winners, as well as applications for ILSTMA awards:

ILSTMA Awards

The Illinois Sports Turf Managers Association takes pride in recognizing our members’ achievements. Learn more about the awards members are eligible for and about past winners.

ILSTMA Field of the Year

The Purpose

By sponsoring this award program, our association wishes to promote sports fields and facilities of exceptional safety, quality, and beauty. Specifically, we aim:

  • To recognize a sports turf facility that is managed with a high degree of excellence.
  • To show appreciation for individual professional efforts, leading to an exceptional degree of maintenance and quality appearance of the field/facility
  • To inspire and challenge those responsible for maintenance of sports turf to achieve greater levels of excellence

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the ILSTMA Field & Facility Award:

  • Must be an active member in good standing.
  • Must be professionally engaged in and responsible for the maintenance of the sports field/facility described on the application form.
  • Have a facility that is at least two (2) years old.
  • The field is not eligible for submittal if an ILSTMA Board Member, representing the agency, sits on the ILSTMA Awards Committee.
  • Only natural grass surfaces/fields will be accepted.

How to Apply

Fill in our online application form.   Applications are due by Dec. 31st of each year.

Past Winners

Year
Facility
Sports Turf Manager
2017 Wheeling High School – District 214 Kurt Reynolds
2016 Park District of Oak Park Travis Stephen
2015 Lincolnshire-Prairieview School District #103 Scott Gaunky
2014 Village of Davis Junction Jamey Young
2013 Glenview Park District Community Park West Brent Carpenter
2012 Waukegan Sports Park Noel Brusius
2011 Village Green Field, Northbrook Park District Michael Brouillard
2010 Genoa-Kingston Cogs (CUSD 424) Ernie Nelson
2009
Peoria Chiefs Baseball, O’Brien Field
Noel Brusius
2007
Champaign Park District
Mick Tempel
2006
Morris Community High School
Steve Lutz
2005
North Park, Village of Lincolnshire
Troy Taylor
2004
Woodland Trails Field, River Trails Park District
Chris Paisley
2001
Danny Cunniff Park, Park District of Highland Park
Ted Baker & Ross Lewis
2000
District #211, Hoffman Estates High School
Bob Glascott
1999
New Trier High School
Jules Laude
1998
Ridgewood High School
Dave McCormick
1997
Adlai Stevenson High School
Jeff Green

Our President’s Award

Purpose

The ILSTMA President’s Award is presented to individuals for outstanding contributions to the organization.

Eligibility

All ILSTMA members in good standing are eligible for the President’s Award.

Past Winners

President's Award Winner

Year Winner
2017 Claudia Michaels
2016 Kara Mehigan
2014 Bill Byron
2013 Tom Edgcomb
2012 Dena DiVincenzo
2011 Scott Gaunky
2009 Don Michaels & George Brandt
2006 Ted Baker
2005 Don Michaels
2003 Scott Pippen
2001 Eric Adkins
1994 Scott Pippen
1991 Mike Trigg

Scholarship Awards

Purpose

The Illinois Sports Turf Managers Association’s objective is the collection and dissemination of scientific, educational, and applied knowledge through association with those persons engaged in and concerned with the construction, maintenance, and use of sports turf areas for superior playing conditions. As part of this mission, we offer a scholarship program. Scholarships are intended to help enable members pay for Illinois or national annual membership dues.

Eligibility

Any ILSTMA member in good standing is eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Types of Scholarships

– A scholarship to help cover the cost of becoming a member of the National STMA.
– A scholarship to cover the cost of the ILSTMA membership dues.

How to Apply

Fill in our online application form.   Applications are due by Nov. 30 of each year.

Past Winners

Year Scholarship Recipient
2010 STMA Conference Noel Brusius
2007 STMA Conference Mike Schiller
2006 STMA Conference Tony Diaz & Dutch Lundy
2004 STMA Conference Chris Paisley
2004 IPTC Conference John Christensen
2002 STMA Conference Randy Stoneberg
2001 STMA Conference Ross Lewis
2000 STMA Conference Scott Pippen
1999 STMA Conference Dave McCormick & Ted Baker
1993 STMA Conference Scott Pippen

Contact us today to nominate a turf professional or a sports field for one of our awards. We proudly serve professionals from all segments of the sports turf industry throughout the state of Illinois.