Trevor Vance, Raytown High School, Class of 1985
Trevor Vance graduated from Raytown High in 1985. He attended Central Missouri State University.
In 1994, Trevor was hired by the Kansas City Royals as the youngest groundskeeper in Major League Baseball. He began as a youth on the crews under the tutelage of famous groundskeeper George Toma and worked his way to his current position.
Trevor’s work has been noticed in high circles, and he has served as a member of 15 Super Bowl grounds crews and three Pro-Bowl grounds crews. He is also an active volunteer and is heavily involved in his community. He created and launched a Sports Turf Managers Association in Missouri and has built and repaired countless youth athletic fields around the Kansas City area. He has also coached youth baseball and softball for 15 years. Trevor organized Homeruns for Hunger at Kaufmann Stadium, annually raising funds and collecting food for Harvesters. He hosted the 2012 MLB All Star game and the 2014 MLB World Series at Kauffman Stadium.
Trevor is in his 30th season as the Senior Director of Groundskeeping and Landscaping for the Kansas City Royals. He currently manages a 12-man day crew and a 30-man night crew throughout the baseball season, where they work to maintain the playing surface and keep the landscaping at Kauffman looking its best. His work and that of his crews help protect the multi-million dollar investment of the Royal’s organization by helping minimize injuries from the turf by maintaining a quality playing field and by daily combating Mother Nature.
A baseball lover at heart, Trevor sponsors the Titans youth baseball team. He believes no child should be denied the right to play baseball based on money. He never wants cost to be a factor in whether a young athlete can play the sport.
He resides in Lee’s Summit, with his wife, Laure and their four children, Kelsie, Hayden, Tanner, and Morgan.