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Tom Burns joined the Diamond Pro team from the Texas Rangers where he was the Head Groundskeeper for Ameriquest Field since October 1996.
Tom's career in the athletic field industry began in 1978 in Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked on the grounds crews for both the Browns and the Indians under legendary groundskeeper Marshall Bosard. After honing his skills for five years, Tom moved to Mesa, Arizona to become Head Groundskeeper for the California Angels’ spring training site, Gene Autry Park. In February 1986, the Texas Rangers offered Tom the position of Assistant Field Superintendent under Jim Anglea who helped develop the Diamond Pro product in partnership with Barrett Reese Sr. and TXI.
After one season, Tom was offered the Field Superintendent job at Charlotte County Stadium in Florida, the spring training site for the Texas Rangers. Tom spent the next ten years developing his talent and, for six of those ten years, he earned the Florida State League Groundskeeper of the Year. This achievement was truly impressive and made the Rangers stand-up and takes notice of his skills.
Tom is a long standing member of the National Sports Turf Managers Association and has served on the Board of Directors from 1998 through 2000. In January 2010, Tom was presented the Harry C. Gill award for his service and dedication to the Sports Turf Manager's Association. He is a member of the Texas Turfgrass Association and served on its Board of Directors from 2003 through 2005. A frequent speaker at turfgrass and athletic field seminars across the country, Tom has been widely known and respected as one of the top groundskeepers in Major League Baseball.
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