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Jobs Obtained by our Landscape Students


The examples below represent just some of the careers our turf graduates enter after receiving a degree in our program. In recent years there have been more job openings for our graduates than we have had graduates...    

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TruGreen John Kauffman Research Scientist with TruGreen
John received his doctorate degree in turfgrass science in 2010 with Dr. John Sorochan and joined TruGreen as a research scientist the same year..He seeks out innovative solutions to maximize TruGreen’s agronomic programs and provides research and support to our network of regional technical managers.

symbol Matthew Dobson, Golf Course Manager
Matthew obtained his B.S degree in from OHLD fall of 1999. He is the golf course manager of a residential development called Jumeirah Golf Estates in the Emirate state of Dubai. United Arab Emirates. His Vol Profile can be viewed at

tiny The Cliffs

Andrew Landford, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent
After obtaining his B.S degree in fall of 2007, Andrew interviewed for and was offered the job of assistant golf course superintendent for The Cliffs. He will be involved with construction of The Cliffs' 7th championship course: Mountain Park
, the Gary Player Signature Course.

The Cliffs

Smokies Park Will Jellicorse, Graduate Research Assistant
Will accepted a graduate research assistantship after receiving his bachelor's degree in turfgrass science and management at UT, to enter the masters program at the University of Arkansas. During the summer before beginning his graduate program, he was the second assistant manager of the baseball complex at Smokies Park.

Tyler Mittlesteadt , Graduate Research Assistant
After obtaining his B.S degree in 2007, Tyler was accepted straight into the turf PhD program
at Virginia Tech University, in the Department of Crop and Environmenal Sciences,where he began working as a turfgrass doctoral candidate and a graduate research assistant.

VA Tech

Fox Den CC Michael Crawford , Assistant Golf Course Superintendent
Michael graduated from the ruf program with a bachelor's degree in spring 2007. He accepted a position as second assistant for the course at Fox Den Country Club, in Knoxville Tennessee.
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Jacob Godsey, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent
After graduating from our turfgrass program in spring 2006, Jacob assumed a position as assistant superindentent at Greystone Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama. Designed by renowned architect Bob Cupp, their Founders Golf Course has received several awards of distinction. Past Champion Larry Nelson describes their tournament as ".the Masters of the Senior PGA Tour."


Jesse Bowers, Assistant Superintendent
Jesse received his bachelor's in 2006 with a major in turf, and quickly went on to become an assistant superindentent at Holston Hills Country Club. The 18-hole "Holston Hills" course at the Holston Hills Country Club facility in Knoxville, Tennessee features 6,932 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 .

Ryan Swilling, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent
Ryan was among our graduating class of 2004. He obtained the B.S. degree in Plant Sciences, with a concentration in Turfgrass Management. Just after graduating, Ryan assumed a position as Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at Hampton Creek Golf Club, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  More >>
Hampton Creek

Curt Moon Curt Moon, Head Sports Turf Manager
Curt received his bachelor's with a major in turf, and quickly went on to become the Head Sports Turf Manager for the Birmingham Barons Baseball Team. He supervises all turf and skinned area management: outfield, infield, pitcher's mound, bullpens, etc.

Patrick Lewins, Golf Course Superintendent
After earning his degree in our turf program, Patrick became the "Head Groundskeeper" (the European term for Superintendent, for Winston Golf Course in Germany.

Jason Sanderson Jason Sanderson, Golf Course Superintendent
Jason received his bachelor's degree and majored in turf, going on to become the golf course superintendent of the local Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, TN.

Bill Randle, Sports Turf Manager
After earning his degree in our turf program, Bill went on to become the head sports turf manager for Vanderbilt University, where he supervises all of the university's athletic fields.

Andy Perry Andy Perry, Proprietor of Augusta Sod and Turf
After leaving our turf program, Andy worked at Augusta National Golf Course. He then purchased a sod farm, in Maryville, TN. The business produces sods for golf courses, sports turf and residential and commercial turf. While at UT, Andy started our departmental Turf Club.

Dennis Shepard, Technical Representative
Dennis received both the bachelor's and masters degree in turf at UT. After getting his PhD at North Carolina State, he became a Technical Representative for Syngenta Professional Products.
Dennis Sheppard

Stephen Sayres Stephen Sayres, Assistant Manager, Carolina Panthers
Stephen received his education in turfgrass science at UT. He became assistant manager of turf operations for the Carolina Panthers football organization.

Jesse Pritchard, Sports Turf Manager
After receiving his education in turfgrass management at UT, Jesse went on to become the head of Athletic Facilities and Operations at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
Jesse Pritchard

Tommy Mittlesteadt Tommy Mittlesteadt, Territory Manager/Irrigation Specialist
Tommy's turf eudcation at UT prepared him for the position of Territory Manager/Irrigation Specialist for Ladd's, a distributor for professional (golf course) maintenance equipment, golf cars, and utility products such as off-road vehicles, tractors and specialty equipment.

Eric Fasbender, Sports Turf Manager
After receiving his education in turfgrass management at UT, Eric went on to become Grounds Manager for the University of Oregon Athletics programs, where he supervises turf management for all athletic fields.
Eric Fasbender

Jason Jarnigan, Golf Course Superintendent
After graduating with his bachelor's degree, Jason began a career as a golf course superindendent, working on the course at Fox Den in North Carolina.

Golf Course James Snell, Golf Course Superindentent
Many of our turf students have found satisfying careers as superintendents of golf courses. James got his B.S. in turf from UT and became Assisant Superintendent of the golf course at Cherokee Country Club (Knoxville TN).

Frank Turner Frank Turner, Landscape Manager
Armed with a turf degree from UT, Frank took a position managing the landscapes of 35 McDonalds Restaurants in the Knoxville area. Quite an opportunity to practice his turf skills and as well flowers, trees and shrubs...

David Stone, Golf Course Superintendent
David received a turf degree at UT and became superindentendent of the Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee. The Honors Course is listed by Firefly Books as one of the great courses in the entire USA.
David Stone

Bear Trace Chad Garrett, Asst. Golf Course Superindentent
Chad graduated with the bachelor's degree and assumed the position of Assistant Superintendent with the Bear Trace Golf Courses in Tennessee: five spectacular, world-class golf courses designed by America's golfing legend, Jack Nicklaus.

Jason Jarnigan, Golf Course Superintendent
After graduating with his bachelor's degree, Jason began a career as a golf course superindendent, working on the course at Fox Den in North Carolina.

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