Jason Grooms is entering his ninth year as director of football operations at the Ohio University. He is Ohio's first-ever director of football operations and was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations prior to the 2011 season.
Grooms has a wide ranging list of responsibilities, including team travel arrangements, overseeing the team's Unity Council, monitoring and maintaining team budget, summer camps, NFL scout visits, the annual Pro Day, future scheduling and organizing community outreach programs.
He also serves as the football program's liaison to numerous campus offices and within the athletic department. Most recently, Grooms co-wrote the Ohio football team's new player development curriculum.
Over the 2012 offseason, Grooms oversaw a number of facility upgrade projects including the instillation of the team's new playing surface which was completed in June of 2013. He also coordinated the construction and design of the team's new trophy room located in Peden Stadium.
In addition, Grooms oversees the Ohio Football program's instructional skill camp which is held every year at Peden Stadium.
In 2007, he established the Alumni Golf Outing, which has become an annual event for the program.
Grooms also helped oversee and plan all of the facility upgrades to Peden Stadium in the past seven years, including the Bobcats' team meeting rooms in 2005 and the renovation of the coach's offices and staff rooms in 2006, the lockerroom in 2009 and the position meeting rooms in 2010.
Prior to his 2005 Ohio appointment, he served one season at Elon University as its recruiting coordinator and outside linebackers coach during the 2004 season. He coached Calvin Sutton, a Southern Conference standout, who accumulated 20 tackles for loss and was named All-SoCon and All-South Region.
Before Elon, Grooms spent the 2003 season at East Tennessee State University, the program's final year of football, as the outside linebackers coach. He coached standout Matt Palmer to a league-leading 25.5 tackles for loss, a school record.
Grooms' career in athletics began at Ohio, where he served as a student assistant while an undergraduate from 1997-2001. He then went to Wake Forest with former Ohio coach Jim Grobe, where he served as the defensive graduate assistant during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. In 2002, he helped orchestrate Wake Forest's defeat of Oregon in the Seattle Bowl.
Grooms graduated from Ohio in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in sports sciences and in June of 2011, Grooms earned a Masters of Recreation and Sports Sciences from Ohio University.
He is also a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). He currently sits on the National Committee of the AFCA for Football Operations, representing the Mid-American Conference.
A native of nearby Frankfort, Ohio, Jason and his wife, Emily, a fellow Adena and Ohio graduate, have two sons, Jackson and Hayden, and a daughter, Scarlett Josephine. The Grooms family resides in Albany.