Jason DePaepe is in his 11th season as Athletic Turf Manager at the University of Colorado, as he was promoted to the position in February 2001. He previously had worked one season as the assistant turf manager after joining the CU staff in June 2000.
DePaepe, 37, is responsible for all maintenance, renovation, upkeep and painting and design of Folsom Field’s natural grass surface as well as the athletic practice fields located just north of Boulder Creek and Prentup Field, home to CU’s women’s soccer team.
The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) honored DePaepe and his staff in January 2003, when the organization recognized Folsom Field’s turf with the Football Field of the Year Award for the college/university division. STMA has over 2,400 members, so the award, especially in just the fourth season since Folsom returned to natural grass, was quite an honor.
In 2008, he oversaw the complex replacement of SportGrass on the Folsom Field floor with a natural Kentucky blue grass.
He came to CU from the Baltimore Ravens, where he was the assistant field manager for a year. Prior to that, he was employed at Iowa State, where he graduated from in 1999 with Bachelor’s degree in horticulture and turf grass management. He worked two years at ISU as a student turf manager.
Born May 4, 1974 in Minot, N.D., he graduated from Waterloo (Iowa) West, where he lettered in baseball and basketball. His hobbies include golf and basketball. He married Kristen Sorensen, CU’s director of special events, this past July.