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John Grass (American football)

John Clyde Grass (born February 29, 1968) is an American football coach. He is the head football coach at the Jacksonville State University, a position he has held since 2014. Grass joined the coaching staff of the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in 2013 as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator under Bill Clark. He previously coached high school football in the state of Alabama for over two decades.

John Grass
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamJacksonville State
Biographical details
Born (1968-02-29) February 29, 1968 (age 51)
Ashville, Alabama
Alma materJacksonville State ('90)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990–1992Ashville HS (AL) (OC)
1993–1994Eufaula HS (AL) (DC)
1995–1999Ashville HS (AL)
2000–2001Hoover HS (AL) (OC)
2002Albertville HS (AL)
2003–2005Moody HS (AL)
2006–2007Spain Park HS (AL)
2008–2012Oxford HS (AL)
2013Jacksonville State (AHC/OC)
2014–presentJacksonville State
Head coaching record
Overall57–15 (college)
123–60 (high school)[1]
Tournaments4–5 (NCAA D–I playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
5 OVC (2014–2018)

Grass was born in Ashville, Alabama. Since he was born on February 29 (commonly known as a "leap year baby"), his date of birth is recognized as February 28.

Coaching careerEdit

Grass was named head coach of the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in 2014 after Bill Clark left to fill a coaching vacancy at UAB. During the 2014 regular season, the Gamecocks went 10–1 and received the #3 seed in NCAA Division I Football Championship. They won the Ohio Valley Conference outright for the first time.

During the 2015 season, the Gamecocks again won the OVC Championship outright. They narrowly lost to Auburn in an overtime game, and went on to play North Dakota St. Bison in the FCS National Championship game, where they lost 37-10. JSU's record finished at 13-2.

The 2016 season was also a successful season for Jacksonville State, where the again won the OVC Championship outright, and were granted the #3 seed for the FCS Playoffs. Grass' third season as head coach finished during the second round of the FCS Playoffs, where they were upset by the Youngstown St. Penguins 40-24 at home.

Education and familyEdit

Grass graduated from Jacksonville State in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He received a master's of physical education from Jacksonville State in 1997 and an Ed.S. in administration in 2010 from Lincoln Memorial University.

Grass married his wife, Jada (née Arnold) in 1995. They have three children: Jud, Jules, and Jace Cannon.[2]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs TSN/STATS# Coaches°
Jacksonville State Gamecocks (Ohio Valley Conference) (2014–present)
2014 Jacksonville State 10–2 8–0 1st L FCS Playoffs Second Round 9 9
2015 Jacksonville State 13–2 8–0 1st L FCS National Championship Game 2 2
2016 Jacksonville State 10–2 7–0 1st L FCS Playoffs Second Round 6 6
2017 Jacksonville State 10–2 8–0 1st L FCS Playoffs Second Round 9 10
2018 Jacksonville State 9–4 7–1 1st L FCS Playoffs Second Round 10 13
2019 Jacksonville State 6–4 3–3
Jacksonville State: 58–16 41–4
Total: 58–16
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Alabama High School Football Head Coaches: John Grass". Alabama High School Football Historical Society. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
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