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Nicole Sherry

Director of Field Operations,
Orioles

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Sherry begins her second season as the Orioles Director of Field Operations after spending the previous 14 seasons as the Orioles Head Groundskeeper. It is her 19th season with the Orioles organization overall. From 2001-03, she served as the Orioles Assistant Head Groundskeeper before spending three seasons (2004-06) with the Double-A Trenton Thunder (New York Yankees). She returned to the Orioles organization in November of 2006, becoming just the second woman ever to serve as the head groundskeeper with a Major League team. Sherry and Heather Nabozny, who has been with the Detroit Tigers since 1999, are the only female head groundskeepers in Major League Baseball. According to the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), there have been approximately 10 women who have held the position of head groundskeeper in the history of professional baseball. Sherry was the first female head groundskeeper in Eastern League history when she was named to that post for the Trenton Thunder in February of 2004, and twice was runner-up for the Eastern League’s top groundskeeping award. In 2006, the Thunder honored her with a bobblehead, depicting her riding a tractor. In February of 2016, Sherry was named the recipient of the Mary Pickersgill Award for Women’s Leadership in Business by the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. Established in 2012, the award honors a woman who demonstrates leadership in her community, exemplifies innovation in her chosen field, and has the power to inspire others. She was also named the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Dick Ericson Founders’ Award, which is awarded annually to a STMA member who effectively manages sports fields and their facility, exhibits the qualities of a true team leader, and who positively impacts the sports turf industry. Sherry, along with MLB and Discovery Education, have worked with local schools to introduce students to a variety of intriguing science and STEM concepts related to her job as Head Groundskeeper. A native of New Castle, Del., Sherry graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in agriculture. She worked for several golf courses in Delaware and with the University of Delaware’s Research and Education Center, testing new herbicides, prior to joining the Orioles in 2001 as the Assistant Head Groundskeeper. Sherry resides in Eldersburg, Md. with her son, Tyson.



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