Jan. 13, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations Jason Grooms has been named 2013 FootballScoop Football Operations Director of the Year. The fifth annual award is presented by ProGrass.
Grooms will receive his award and be recognized at an event at the America Football Coaches Association Convention (AFCA) in January.
"This is a tremendous honor," Grooms said. "To be recognized as the top operations director in college football by my peers is a very humbling honor."
The finalists (Grooms, Tony Sales - Duke and Dan Van De Riet - Oregon State) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. The prior winners selected this year's winner.
Previous winners of the Director of Football Operations of the Year award are Tom Deahn (Temple, 2009), Mike Kerin (West Virginia, 2010), Mike Sinquefield (TCU, 2011) and Matt Doyle (Stanford, 2012).
A native of Frankfort, Ohio, Grooms earned a bachelor's and a master's degree at Ohio, and began working as a student assistant from 1997-2001. He followed Jim Grobe to Wake Forest following the 2001 season, working as a defensive graduate assistant for two years. Grooms served as outside linebackers coach during East Tennessee State's inaugural 2003 season, and then spent the 2004 season as outside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Elon.
Grooms returned to Ohio in 2005, where he has remained ever since. He has overseen upgrades to the Bobcats' team meeting rooms, coaches' offices, staff rooms, locker room, meeting rooms, a new trophy room and a new playing surface within Peden Stadium during his second stint at Ohio. He was promoted to assistant athletics director for football operations prior to the 2011 season.
The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by ProGrass are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football.