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02/17/2006 11:53 AM ET
Washington Nationals hire Head Groundskeeper
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The Washington Nationals today named Larry DiVito as Head Groundskeeper. DiVito will be responsible for the overall maintenance of the field at RFK Stadium. He will also direct the grounds crew in daily maintenance and game preparations.

Over the past eleven baseball seasons DiVito has directed grounds crew operations in significant major and minor league markets. DiVito most recently served as the assistant director of athletics, facilities at Princeton University, where he managed all indoor and outdoor athletic facility services. Prior to his stint at Princeton, he spent three years (February 2002 - October 2005) with the Los Angeles Dodgers as grounds crew manager. DiVito oversaw the maintenance of the major league playing surface in Los Angeles; in addition to monitoring all other field usage, including film shoots and concerts. He contributed to the stadium enhancement project prior to the 2005 season by assisting in the planning and oversight of the field renovation. During his tenure, the field at Dodger Stadium was voted the best playing surface in Sports Illustrated's player survey (July 2003).

For seven seasons (1995 - 2001), DiVito was head groundskeeper for the Pawtucket Red Sox minor league organization; where he managed construction of a new bluegrass playing surface in 1998 as part of a major stadium renovation. While in Rhode Island, he served four years on the Board of Directors of the New England Sports Turf Managers Association.

DiVito has participated as a speaker and instructor for the past three years at the Sports Turf Managers Association Major League Baseball Seminar. DiVito is a 1993 graduate of San Francisco University.

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