Charlotte's Matt Parrott Named 2017 IL Sports Turf Manager of the Year
From L-to-R (Knights field manager Mark Grudzielanek, Parrott, and Knights Chief Operating Officer Dan Rajkowski). (Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)
By Charlotte Knights | September 7, 2017 2:26 PM ET
(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- The Charlotte Knights are pleased to announce that Matt Parrott, the team's Head Groundskeeper, was named as the 2017 International League Sports Turf Manager of the Year. The award was selected by field managers and pitching coaches from around the league.
For the twenty sixth consecutive year, the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues and Major League Baseball have joined forces to recognize a Sports Turf Manager of the Year in each of the minor leagues. The award was established to recognize outstanding effort and excellence in the care and maintenance of a baseball playing surface.
Parrott recently wrapped up his second season as the Charlotte Knights head groundskeeper in 2017. Before joining the Knights for the 2016 season, he spent 13 seasons with the Bowie Baysox of the Eastern League (Double-A). 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 also named as the STMA (Sports Turf Managers Association) Double-A Sports Turf Manager of the Year.
A native of Boone, North Carolina, Parrott received his BSBA undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and an AAS Turfgrass Management degree from North Carolina State University.
This is the fourth time a Charlotte Knights groundskeeper has been honored with the IL Sports Turf Manager of the Year award. Larry Rhodes won the IL honor in 1996, while Eddie Busque took home the honor in 2004 and 2005.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.