Larry Dyer was recently presented a Distinguished Service Award at the Tennessee Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (TIAAA) luncheon in Murfreesboro.
Since 2009, Larry has been the unofficial groundskeeper at Cumberland County High School. He works with the coaches at CCHS providing guidance in the maintenance of all athletic fields.
Since 2009, his role has grown exponentially. He now works with all our coaches advising them when and what to use on each field. This includes the football, soccer, baseball, and softball fields.
Dyer is a constant fixture at CCHS through the summer, fall, and spring. He mows the football field at least twice a week, on his own time, for no pay. He takes lunch breaks from his job to come mow the softball field.
Through his contacts in the landscaping profession, he has arranged for outside professionals to treat our fields with fertilizer and weed control products throughout the year.
Dyer was nominated for this award by CCHS Athletic Director Jon Hall, who said “Our fields have never looked better. Our football field is in the best shape it has been in in many years.
"Larry organizes his 'flight crew' to go onto the field during half-time of each game to replace divots in the turf. This group is comprised of elementary school students who attend our games. He has also worked with me to generate sponsors for our home games.
"These groups help to off-set the cost of the field maintenance products. Larry does all this because he wants the students at CCHS to have the very best. I could not put a value on the services he has provided to our school. He has never asked for payment or any recognition, but I feel he is truly deserving of this award.”