Tom Vida, who joined the Eagles staff in the fall of 2003, oversees the turf management program for athletics, including the new soccer complex added in the Fall 2007.
Before accepting a role at FGCU, Vida was lead consultant for Sports Turf Management Inc. on the development of the Eagles baseball and softball complex, which opened to rave reviews in a spring 2004 grand opening.
A nationally recognized turf management professional, Vida spent 16 seasons coordinating and supervising turf management for the Texas Rangers award-winning 82-acre complex in Port Charlotte. From 1996 to 2002, Vida served as the Director of Grounds for the facility, which featured 5 1/2 fields, including a 5,300-seat main stadium. Vida and his crew were responsible for all field operations for major league spring training, minor league spring training, two minor league affiliates and Fall Instructional League.
The Rangers were honored as the top professional field in Florida on nine straight occasions during Vida’s tenure with the team, and were annually selected for Class A Florida State League or Gulf Coast Rookie League field of the year honors.
Prior to joining the Rangers organization, Vida spent a dozen years as a football coach and athletic director, as well as a physical education and health instructor, in the East Aurora (IL) school district.
A graduate of Western Illinois University, Vida and his wife reside in Port Charlotte.