Dan Dinelli is the 2024 Superintendent in Residence!
The University of Guelph's Superintendent in Residence (SIR) program offers a unique opportunity for seasoned industry experts to engage with students enrolled in the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management and Turf Managers Short Course. During their brief stay on campus, the SIR interacts with students through a variety of activities including presentations, informal discussions, and social events, both in and out of the classroom. Additionally, the SIR delivers a public lecture highlighting their career trajectory and an additional topic of their choice, typically attended by U of G turf students, faculty, instructors, and local industry professionals. The program aims to enhance student exposure to real-world professionals, broaden their professional network, and refine the curriculum based on feedback provided by the SIR at the conclusion of their visit.
This year, we are delighted to introduce Dan Dinelli, an esteemed golf course superintendent hailing from North Shore Country Club near Chicago, Illinois. Dan, a third-generation superintendent, has not only met the stringent performance criteria for GCSAA certification but has also emerged as a respected figure and valuable asset within the turf management field. His dedication to environmental conservation is unmistakable, as evidenced by his active engagement in numerous national, regional, and local professional committees. Dan has held leadership positions such as Chair of the GCSAA IPM Task Group and has contributed significantly to the GCSAA's Environmental Programs Committee. For nearly three decades, he has served on the Illinois Turfgrass Foundation Research Review Committee, providing his expertise in environmental turf management to guide both new and ongoing research endeavors.