Bob Campbell, Director of Grounds and Maintenance for UT, is the new president of the Sports Turf Managers Association for 2003. Campbell is the fellow who keeps the playing surfaces at Neyland Stadium and Lindsey Nelson Stadium in tip-top shape. He also maintains the UT soccer and softball fields.
His selection as STMA president was announced last week during the group's annual meetings in San Antonio.
Campbell, who began full-time work at UT in 1990, previously served one year as STMA president-elect, two one-year terms as treasurer and a two-year term representing turf managers from college and university facilities. He has attained the designation of Certified Sports Field Manager through a rigorous certification program developed and administered by STMA.
''Serving as president of STMA is a responsibility I take very seriously,'' Campbell said. ''I strongly feel it's important not only to give back to new members and young people starting off in this industry but also to support the positive image of the sports turf manager as a professional in an important and worthwhile occupation.''
UT Associate Athletics Director for Facilities Bob Davis hired Campbell, who at the time was juggling careers as a math teacher at Knoxvilles Doyle High School and as groundskeeper for the Knoxville Blue Jays professional baseball club. Campbell previously coached baseball and football at Doyle, where he was responsible for maintenance of the playing fields, but dropped the coaching positions when the Blue Jays opportunity presented itself.
Campbells first experience in sports turf management was working a little league diamond while attending Martin Junior College in Pulaski. He gained his UT undergraduate degree in 1973 in accounting and later a masters in history while serving as the Volunteers graduate assistant baseball coach. When he returned to the Knoxville campus 17 years later, UT had an artificial turf football game field and natural turf practice fields, along with a baseball field, track and a golf practice range.
In 1993, Campbell coordinated design and construction of the sand-based football field when the University converted Neyland Stadiums artificial surface to grass. Since then, UT has added womens soccer and softball playing fields. His responsibilities currently include all University fields, related landscape and other facility duties.
*Equipment room honors Frazier, Parrott
The UT equipment room has been dedicated in honor of longtime equipment manager Roger Frazier and assistant Max Parrott. The dedication was held Saturday afternoon, honoring the gift of Memphis native Gordon Summerfield, his wife, Melissa, and daughter, Hannah, to UT's athletic capital campaign.
At the ceremonies, a plaque was unveiled honoring the dedication of the equipment room to Frazier and Parrott.
"We are pleased to honor these two outstanding members of the athletic staff. They have been my classmates and friends since our days in school in the early 1980s," Summerfield said. "They epitomize the commitment and loyalty that make the Tennessee family so special."
Frazier, a native of Cleveland, has been on the UTAD staff since 1983. He is responsible for all football equipment issue and maintenance. He is also responsible for purchase and inventory control of all football game and practice gear. Parrott, a native of Soddy-Daisy, came on board in 1985 and his duties include repair of equipment as well as the laundering of all Volunteers gear.
The Summerfield gift to create the Roger Frazier-Max Parrott Equipment Room is part of STEP UP-The Campaign for UT Athletic Facilties, a comprehensive program for new, renovated and expanded facilities benefiting 17 of UT's 20 men and women's intercollegiate teams. These improvements are designed to enable UT to continue competing for SEC and NCAA championships in each of its sports.
For more information about Tennessee's athletics facility renovation plans or to find out about donating to the university athletics department, contact Mike Hamilton or John Currie at (865) 974-1218.