Jason Grooms enters his first season at Vanderbilt as director of football operations, rekindling a working relationship with Commodore Head Coach Derek Mason that dates back nearly a decade.
In 2013, Grooms was named FootballScoop.com's 2013 Director of Football Operations of the Year for his contributions at Ohio University.
Grooms was promoted to Ohio's assistant athletic director for football operations prior to the 2011 season after serving six years as the Bobcats' director of operations.
When Grooms became Ohio University's first director of football operations in 2005, Mason was the Bobcats' wide receiver coach. Grooms and Mason worked together in Athens for two years.
At Ohio, Grooms was responsible for team travel arrangements, roster management, on-campus recruiting, overseeing the team's unity council, monitoring and maintaining team budget, summer camps, NFL scout visits, Pro Day, future scheduling and overseeing player development program.
Grooms oversaw six major facility renovation projects, including detailing interior design, layout, color schemes and graphic design. Some of those projects included the Ohio Football Hall of Champions, coaches' offices and upgrading of the team's locker room.
Grooms also established a fundraising plan and designed an extensive locker room renovation scheduled for completion this year.
During Grooms' tenure Ohio University, the Bobcats played in six bowl games and three Mid-American Conference championship games under head coach Frank Solich.
Prior to joining Ohio, Grooms spent the 2004 season at Elon University, serving as a linebacker coach and recruiting coordinator. One of his top players was Calvin Sutton, a first-team All-Southern Conference selection who led Elon with 20 tackles for loss.
Grooms spent the 2003 season as outside linebackers coach and video coordinator at East Tennessee State University. That season, the Bucs' defense ranked in the NCAA leaders in pass defense, scoring defense and forced turnovers.
Grooms began his career at Ohio as a student assistant from 1997-2001. After completing his undergraduate studies, Grooms joined Ohio coach Jim Grobe at Wake Forest University as a graduate assistant, working with Demon Deacon safeties in 2001 and linebackers in 2002.
He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). He sits on the national committee of the AFCA for Football Operations.
Grooms graduated from Ohio University in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in sports sciences. He earned his master's in recreation and sports sciences from Ohio in 2011.
A native of Frankfort, Ohio, Grooms and his wife, Emily, are the parents of two sons, Jackson and Hayden, and a daughter, Scarlett Josephine.
Grooms' Collegiate Career 2014 - Vanderbilt - Director of Football Operations
2011-13 - Ohio U. - Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations
2005-10 - Ohio U. - Director of Football Operations
2004 - Elon - Outside Linebacker Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
2003 - East Tenn. State - Outside Linebacker Coach/Video Coordinator
2001-02 - Wake Forest - Graduate Assistant (Defense)