Major: Sustainable Plant Systems
Job: Student Assistant, Athletic Maintenance
If you’ve ever attended an Ohio State football game, you’ve probably felt that initial awe of seeing the pristine field. Now, pretend that’s your office.
For Kacey Browning, that’s reality. The Ohio State junior helps maintain the Ohio Stadium turf and the five football practice fields at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
“It’s a dream job,” said Browning, who also helps maintain practice and playing fields for other Ohio State teams. “I grew up in Columbus and went to many football games. I’d look out on that field and think, wow, maybe someday I’ll work on that. That someday is here.”
And for a student who hopes to oversee athletic field maintenance for a university or team one day, it’s the perfect experience. Under the guidance of Brian Gimbel, athletic grounds superintendent, Browning is learning the science and routine of maintaining both grass and turf fields. That includes everything from painting and cleaning to seeding and impact testing — and plenty in between.
“Player safety is our main goal,” said Browning, who has also been a field maintenance intern with the Columbus Clippers and plans to work on a golf course this summer. “I’ve learned a lot more here at Ohio State than I would have anywhere else.”