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County native wins Pioneer Athletics award for field maintenance

CLEVELAND, OHIO — Averett University Director of Grounds Jason Ferrell was recently recognized by Pioneer Athletics for his field maintenance. 

For his work with Averett’s athletics outdoor facilities, specifically Owen-Fulton Field, Ferrell, a Halifax County native, was one of 82 winners of Pioneer’s 2013 Fields of Excellence awards.

“Pioneer understands that excellence in athletic field maintenance often goes unrecognized and unappreciated,” Pioneer Athletics President Douglas Schattinger wrote in an email to Ferrell. “The Fields of Excellence Award Program is designed to make others more aware of your hard work and help you gain the recognition your efforts deserve.”

As a benefit of the award, Averett will receive a certificate of recognition and a Fields of Excellence banner.

“It feels great to be recognized on a national level with this award,” Ferrell said. “Knowing that so few were chosen in country makes it that much more special as well. For field managers, 2013 proved to be a tough year but the efforts of the crew and myself made our baseball facility look its best going into the fall season. We are already looking forward to another great year for Averett’s athletics facilities.”

Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks applauded Ferrell for the Fields of Excellence achievement. Averett was one of only two universities in Virginia to earn recognition from Pioneer Athletics. 

“What a wonderful accomplishment,” Franks said. “I want to congratulate Jason and everyone involved. This recognition would not have been possible without Jason’s expertise, tremendous care and passion for excellent work.”
“Our vision at Averett is to enhance the student-athlete experience and having award-winning facilities is a piece of that puzzle,” Averett Director of Athletics Meg Stevens said. “Jason has done an amazing job with our outdoor facilities since he joined our team.”