SFMA announces Mowing Patterns Contest winner

SFMA named Andrew Miller, program advisor for the Brentsville High School (Nokesville, Va.) turfgrass management program, its seventh annual Mowing Patterns Contest winner. 

Miller was selected via a Facebook voting contest for his intricate design at Donald Lambert Field, home to the Brentsville High School Tigers. Earlier in the year, Miller also won SFMA’s annual Stars and Stripes contest with his “Friday Nights in Small Town USA” field design.

“Andrew and his students had an extraordinary 2019 winning Stars and Stripes and now the Mowing Patterns Contest,” said Kim Heck, CAE, CEO of SFMA. “As the program advisor, he continues to increase awareness within the community and the sports field industry with his profound designs. His creativity sets a tremendous example for the young up-and-coming sports field managers in the Brentsville program.”

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Miller has amassed an impressive resume. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in turfgrass management, he worked on the Virginia Tech grounds crew before moving on to the New York Mets. Following his stint in New York, Miller spent time in Pittsburgh at PNC Park with the Pirates before transitioning to Heinz Field to work for the Steelers. He then earned his Masters in Agricultural Education from Virginia Tech and has been shaping leading students in the Brentsville program since.

Miller will be included in a future issue of SportsTurf, SFMA’s official monthly publication. His design will also have a custom poster featured at the 2020 SFMA Conference & Exhibition (January 13-16) in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Last year’s winner was Kyle Calhoon, head groundskeeper for the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin’ Donuts Park (Hartford, Conn.).