South Jersey Baseball:
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
By Dan Loney
The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, and Global Stadium Services, who oversee field and maintenance services at Waterfront Park, have announced the hiring of Nicole Sherry as Head Groundskeeper. She becomes the first woman to be Head Groundskeeper in the history of Eastern League.
Sherry, a Wilmington, DE native, joins the Thunder after working the last three seasons as Assistant Head Groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles. Sherry also has worked for several golf courses in her career.
“Nicole comes highly regarded by the Baltimore Orioles,” said Thunder General Manager Rick Brenner. “It speaks volumes that she has worked in the Major Leagues so early in her professional career. We look for her to keep Waterfront Park as one of the best playing surfaces in Minor League Baseball. Nicole will be a great addition to the Thunder family.”
Sherry has her Associates Degree in Agriculture from Delaware Technical and Community College as well as her Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from the University of Delaware. She graduated from St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington, DE.
Sherry’s work has included time working for the University of Delaware’s Research and Education Center as a Weed Science Research Assistant. This was a cooperative effort with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to test potential new herbicides. These tests were performed at local farms near the university’s campus.
“I am excited to join the Trenton Thunder,” said Sherry. “Everyone has said that Trenton is a first-class organization and that Waterfront Park is one of the best facilities in Minor League Baseball. Overseeing the care of the baseball field is an exciting challenge that I am looking forward to.”
According to the Sports Turf Managers Association, there have been approximately 10 women to hold the position of Head Groundskeeper in the history of professional baseball. Heather Nabozny, who worked with the West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) from 1995-1999, is the only woman to hold the position of Head Groundskeeper in Major League Baseball. Nabozny currently works for the Detroit Tigers.
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