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San Antonio, TX – Schools use the term multipurpose a lot when referring to their playing fields but UTSA has taken it to a new level with the design of their new AstroTurf recreational fields. The 248,430 square feet of premium synthetic turf has been carefully and skillfully designed to accommodate everything from Football to Soccer to Lacrosse and more.
At first glance of UTSA’s new recreational fields it appears that there are just four fields lined up side by side but a closer look reveals much more. One field stands alone as a football practice field for the Roadrunners but the other three are lined to accommodate multiple sports. The layout of flag football fields can handle 6 games at once and the lines for soccer allows for three matches to be played at the same time. Markings that are specific to women’s lacrosse also appear within this framework. While all these fields run vertical, other sport specific boundaries run horizontal across the fields. Men’s Lacrosse and Rugby take up the width of the three fields.
With so many lines running in different directions it was important to differentiate the field of play for the sports. AstroTurf was able to conquer that issue by making the field lines a different color for each sport. Football lines appear in white, Soccer lines are crimson, Men’s Lacrosse lines are bright blue, and orange lines for Women’s Lacrosse. With careful scheduling, many different Roadrunner sports will be able to be played weekly on this new surface.
With so much activity on the rec fields of UTSA, it was important for them to choose a surface that would stand up to the rigorous activity occurring at the facility each week. They chose wisely by selecting AstroTurf’s RootZone 3D3 Blend of synthetic turf. This is a premium product that combines slit film and monofilament fibers for optimum durability and structural integrity. It also features AstroTurf’s patented RootZone sub-layer, a texturized fiber that stabilizes the infill. All of these elements combine to deliver an aesthetically pleasing playing surface that’s high on durability, safety and performance.
“Our fields are used by our students for general recreation, intramurals, club sports, and competitive team sports so the durability and playability that AstroTurf offers is very important to us, said UTSA Campus Recreation Director Laura Munroe. “With so many of our students involved in these activities we take great pride in creating athletic fields that exceed their needs and expectations.”
The Roadrunners football team is already very familiar with AstroTurf as they play their home games on the same type of RootZone 3D3 field in the Alamodome. UTSA competes in Conference USA and with a total capacity of 65,000, the Alamodome is currently the second largest football stadium in the conference.
For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s website at www.astroturf.com.
The 2018 football season has been full of great performances, amazing plays and outstanding coaching. As the season comes to close one of our favorite things to do is to announce the winners of the FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by AstroTurf. These awards are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football.
The finalists for each award were selected off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic director personnel. The prior winners of the award then choose the winner from the list of finalists. If asked, most of the winners will tell you that this award means much more than others because it is chosen by their peers. Now in its eleventh year, the FootballScoop Awards presented by AstroTurf has grown into a highly anticipated event within the football coaching profession. Awards are handed out to the winners at a reception during the American Football Coaches Association Convention each year.
This year’s winners include: Offensive Coordinator of the Year, Mike Locksley of the University of Alabama. Defensive Coordinator of the Year, Bob Shoop, Mississippi State University; Special Teams Coordinator of the Year, Jeff Banks, Alabama; Quarterbacks Coach of the Year, Tommy Rees, Notre Dame; Running Backs Coach of the Year, Tim Albin, Ohio University; Wide Receivers Coach of the Year, Tyron Carrier, West Virginia; Offensive Line Coach of the Year, Glen Elarbee, University of Central Florida; Defensive Line Coaches of the Year, Ron Burton & Chuck Bullough, Michigan State University; Linebackers Coach of the Year, Dave Aranda, LSU; Defensive Backs Coaches of the Year, Bryan Brown and Greg Gasparato, Appalachian State University; Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year, Lew Caralla, University of Buffalo; Football Operations Director of the Year, Shane Elders, North Texas; FCS Coordinator of the Year, Matt Entz, North Dakota State University; DII Coordinator of the Year, Donnell Leomiti, Colorado State University-Pueblo; DIII Coordinator of the Year, Mike Fox, The College at Brockport; NAIA Coordinator of the Year, Luke Lueders, Morningside College; Director of Player Personnel, Matt Lindsey, University of South Carolina.
FootballScoop and AstroTurf are excited to partner together to present these well-deserved awards each year. “Anytime that you can acknowledge hard work, success, drive and commitment it’s a good thing”, says Gary Jones, Communications Manager for AstroTurf. “Being able to recognize those people who are so well-respected in their profession by their peers is one our favorite things we get to do each year.”
For more information about each individual award, please visit www.footballscoop.com
Created in 1999, FootballScoop.com is the premier source for coaching job information and has long been the most widely viewed website by coaches, athletic directors, strength & conditioning coaches, operations and equipment staff across America. As the leading coaching job information venue, FootballScoop.com serves our viewers’ needs by providing first hand, timely & accurate information for our audience. FootballScoop.com is the premier provider of official job postings.
For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s newly redesigned website at www.astroturf.com.
Mount Pleasant, TX – AstroTurf Corporation is pleased to announce the addition of Symmetry Turf, a prominent construction and installation specialist, of Mount Pleasant, TX to its vast nationwide network of synthetic turf distributors and installers. The addition of Symmetry Turf marks a significant commitment in providing the absolute best in sales and service to AstroTurf customers in the state of Texas.
Symmetry Turf was founded in 2010 and since then has grown by leaps and bounds, quickly establishing a great reputation in the synthetic turf industry. They are considered construction experts with an impressive resume that includes 7 NFL installations and over 60 NCAA & Military sports field projects. Symmetry Turf is well known for its work in stadium construction, design/build construction, sports fields, tracks, and bleachers. Symmetry approaches each project with the main goal of ensuring that every field they build at any level gets the same high level of quality workmanship and meticulous attention to detail.
Jim Savoca, AstroTurf Regional Vice President, said, “I’ve watched them, competed against them, and seen them turn into the fastest growing turf company in Texas. They have an impeccable reputation and are extremely customer focused. We are thrilled to combine Symmetry’s construction expertise with the famous AstroTurf brand. The real winners will be those field owners that want to be treated as unique and not just another project.”
Taking Symmetry’s excellent construction acumen and pairing it with AstroTurf, the brand that started it all and is still an industry leader, means that the Texas market is in store for the best of everything – products, sales experience, construction expertise, and service.
“Through our partnership with the SportGroup brands, our customers will have direct access to the entire lineup of AstroTurf and APT products giving Symmetry an even greater opportunity to serve with a focus on what we do best, BUILD! Our hope is to focus on our core competencies while leaving the product manufacturing, development and innovation to the best, most well-known companies in the business,” said Jason Bell, President of Symmetry Turf.
Symmetry will also be an exclusive installer for Rekortan® tracks in Texas. Along with AstroTurf®, Rekortan® is part of the SportGroup family of brands and has a rich tradition in the track and field world dating back to 1969. Rekortan® is considered a world-class surface that is fast for sprinters and kind to endurance athletes.
For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. Now powered by SportGroup, the brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf and running track systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s website at www.astroturf.com.
About Symmetry Turf
Symmetry Turf is a sports construction company that specializes in building athletic facilities, sports fields, and tracks for schools, professional stadiums, and municipalities throughout the country. Headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Symmetry is an industry leader in sports construction and athletic playing surfaces.