A definitive how-to book for every practitoner of sports turf -- from football to baseball to soccer and everything in between. Sports Fields covers every important aspect of planning, design, construction, and turfgrass maintenance with hundreds of illustrations and step-by-step procedures to help you get the job done right -- first time, every time. No other book provides such intricate detail, combined with easy-to-understand guidance.
Jim Puhalla is the president of Sportscape International, Inc., a firm specializing in design, construction, renovation and maintenance of sports fields and related facilities, with operations in Youngstown, Ohio and Dallas, Texas. Jim is a frequent contributor to Sports Turf magazine. Jim studied landscape architecture at Ohio State University and accounting at Youngstown State University. He has worked in the sports field industry since 1978, designing, building, or renovating hundreds of fields throughout the Northeast and in Texas. The company's reconstruction of the Boardman High School field won them a 1995 "Baseball Diamond of the Year" Award from Sports turf. Jeff Krans is a Professor of Agronomy at Mississippi State University in the Golf and Sports Turf Management program. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1975, an M.S. from the University of Arizona in 1973, and his B.S> from the University of Wisconsin in 1970. He has taught and advised students in the turf management program at Mississippi State since 1976. Jeff has conducted research in turfgrass germplasm collection and evaluation, tissue culture and cell selection techniques, and turfgrass physiology. His most recent accomplishments include the development, patenting and commercialization of turf-type bermudagrass cultivars MS-Pride, MS-Choice, MS-Express, and MS-Supreme, and the development and release of heat and disease resistant creeping bentgrass germplasm. Jeff is a member and former chairperson of the turfgrass Science Division of the Crop Science Society of America, and seminar instructor for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. A native of Springfield, Kentucky, Mike Goatley is a Professor of Agronomy in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University. Mike received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1988, his M.S. from the University of Kentucky in 1986, and his B.S. from the University of Kentucky in 1983. He has taught and advised students in the Golf and Sports Turf Management program at Mississippi State since 1988. Mike has conducted turfgrass research in the areas of plant nutrition, plant growth, regulation, and soil modification. He serves as secretary and Newsletter Editor for the Mississippi Turfgrass Association.