Kyle Leppelmeier grew up in Edgerton, Ohio. After graduating high school, he attended Owens Community College.
He chose Owens because he was looking for a school where he could play baseball and take turfgrass classes.
"I was so interested in the classes I was taking and I wanted to know more; it made learning the materials easy. I picked it up right away and loved learning, working and playing baseball," said Leppelmeier.
He was taking up to 20 credit hours per semester, working around 30 hours a week and playing baseball. He had a great time and thought he could have been bored in college if he hadn't have been so active.
Leppelmeier even had time to meet his wife, Monica Sims, at Owens. She played softball at the College.
After graduating in May 2004, he began an internship with the Cincinnati Reds. He worked there until November and then moved home to figure out his next move. Sims was attending Saginaw Valley State College and encouraged him to try out for the baseball team.
He did and received a full scholarship. He pitched for the team and took classes, but they didn't have a turfgrass program and he found he missed the work. So he moved to Atlanta to work full-time for a private high school.
In March 2007, he accepted a job as the Assistant Sports Turf Manager with the Mud Hens. He loves his job and looks forward to going into work everyday, despite the long hours.
"As hard as we work on the field here at Fifth Third Field, I love my job. It really has to be a passion and I wouldn't want to be doing anything else," said Leppelmeier.
He attributes his success to his start at Owens.
"Our class was tight knit and still keeps in touch. The faculty were involved and really wanted the best for their students," said Leppelmeier.
He has even helped a current Owens faculty member teach a class.
"I wouldn't mind coming back to Owens to teach once I have a few more years experience under my belt," said Leppelmeier.