The first meeting of the OKSTMA was initiated by University of Oklahoma sports field manager, Jeff Salmond. The meeting was held at the Oklahoma Turfgrass Research Foundation yearly conference in Stillwater, OK in 2012. We are still a young organization that is working with members around the state of Oklahoma to become a thriving organization that lives to help field managers across our state.
I’m Joe Medlin and currently serve as the secretary/treasurer for Oklahoma Sport Turf Managers Association.
I have spent most my working career in the sport field area with the focus on municipal complexes. I started as a seasonal for City of Edmond and spent 7 years in the organization working at Mitch Park Sports Complex. I then had the pleasure of working with Brad West at Indian Springs Sports Complex for the City of Broken Arrow. After 9 plus years I made the move to City of Sand Springs where I am the Park Superintendent. I have a great staff which consists of a Sport Field Equipment Operator, Landscape Technician, Maintenance Technician and 4 seasonal positions. At the City of Sand Springs our staff manages 225 acres of park properties which include 9 city parks, 8 practice baseball/softball fields, 5 softball game field, 8 baseball game field, 10 soccer fields, 4 tennis courts, 9 miles of trails, BMX track, skate park, City garden, several green belts, and Rodeo arena. In addition to the park properties the staff oversees the maintenance on the Keystone Ancient Forest which is 1360 acres of native Cross timber forest.
I am busy and love work, but have a wonderful wife and 6 very active boys. Not only do I make the sport fields and parks safe for others, but it is very rewarding knowing my boys are enjoying the fruits of my labor. What I have learned and practiced in dealing with sport fields can be applied to all aspects of a city. Whether it is a goal box or a green space in downtown the information, training, and professionalism of STMA and OKSTMA is a great benefit to everyone involved. I have been a member of STMA since 2010 and a Member of the Oklahoma Chapter since inception.
I am excited and honored to serve the Chapter and am always available so please feel free to contact me.
If you are interested in membership in OKSTMA, contact us!
The Oklahoma Sports Turf Managers Association is intended to be a vital resource for local members to network in their field and region, improve professionalism, and further their knowledge and understanding of turf management.