It is with pride and pleasure — but with a few mixed emotions as well — that Beacon Athletics announces that at the end of 2021, Paul Zwaska will transition to a full-time role at DuraEdge. For most people in America’s groundskeeper community, as well as everyone at our company, Beacon and Paul are practically synonymous. He has made countless contributions to our organization and is a major reason Beacon has become the well-regarded company it is today.
Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in soil science and turf management — a discipline that became a life-long passion for him. In 1985, Paul was recruited by the Baltimore Orioles ground crew and later spent 16 years as their Head Groundskeeper, managing the fields for Cal Ripken Jr. and his Orioles teammates, as well as overseeing the team’s transition from old Memorial Stadium to Oriole Park at Camden Yards.