, grounds and athletic field supervisor for Bryan High School
, Bryan, TX, hit the Daily Double this year by winning the Sports Turf Managers Association
Field of the Year Award in two categories , Schools & Parks football and Schools & Parks softball.Hanus
has been maintaining the fields at Bryan for 14 years and now has 14 fields of hybrid bermuda spread over 23 acres.Along with his one full-time assistant, Derald Bell
, and part-timers Philip McAdam, Andy Hood, Cheyne Solesbee, and Josh Slayback, Hanus
provides safe and aesthetic playing surfaces for his student athletes.
SportsTurf recently asked Hanus
some questions about his
background and turf philosophies:
ST: First question , how true to life was the movie "Friday Night Lights"?Hanus
: The movie exaggerated some things to make it more entertaining, but there's no denying the popularity and importance of high school football in Texas.Many of the stadiums rival what you find at many small colleges, complete with video replay boards and seating for over 10,000.And Texas is one of the top states for producing quality football players for college and pro teams.
ST: Please share a few ways you get the most out of your maintenance budget.Hanus
: We stress the basics: regular mowing at the recommended height is at the very top of the list, along with watering as needed and regular fertilizer applications.
: I've always been interested in plants, something I inherited from my grandfather.I was always planting vegetable gardens in the back yard and mowing most of the lawns on our block.
: I stay in regular contact with all of the coaches.
: Our biggest challenge has been the weather.
: The best part of my job is being able to spend each day working on athletic fields.