Before joining the Knights, Parrott spent 13 seasons with the Bowie Baysox. During his tenure in Bowie, MD, he earned the Eastern League Diamond Pro Sports Field Manager of the Year award three times (2011 & 2014-15). In 2011, Parrott was named as the Double-A Sports Turf Manager of the Year.
Winners of the 2018 Sports Turf Managers of the Year sponsored by STMA and John Deere are:
Triple-A - Matt Parrott, Charlotte Knights (Charlotte, N.C.)
Double-A - Brock Phipps, Springfield Cardinals (Springfield, Mo.)
Single-A - Stephen Watson, Down East Wood Ducks(Kinston, N.C.)
Short Season or Rookie - Ray Sayre, Gulf Coast Phillies (Clearwater, Fla.)
A native of Boone, NC, Parrott received his BSBA undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and an AAS Turfgrass Management degree from North Carolina State University.