Jacksonville State University has named John
Grass its newest head football coach, JSU President Dr. William A.
Meehan and athletics director Warren
Koegel announced on Tuesday evening.
Grass served as the Gamecocks' assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in 2013 and orchestrated an offense that set numerous school, OVC and National records. He replaces Bill Clark, who informed the Gamecocks on Tuesday that he would be leaving to take the head coaching vacancy at UAB.
Grass will be formally introduced Thursday at 5 p.m. on the fifth floor of Stadium Tower at Burgess-Snow Field.
A 1990 graduate of JSU, Grass joined Clark's staff in 2013 after serving as a head coach at the high school level for over 17 years and compiling a 122-61 career record along the way.
His first season at JSU exceeded all expectations. His offensive unit was the most prolific in JSU history, breaking school records en route to helping the Gamecocks post an 11-4 record and advance to the Quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs. JSU rolled over No. 16 Samford, 55-14, in the first round before a convincing 31-10 win at No. 6 MicNeese State in the second round.
After a loss at No. 3 Eastern Washington in the Quarterfinals, the Gamecocks were ranked No. 10 in The Sports Network FCS Top 25, the highest in the program's Division I history, while a No. 12 ranking in the FCS Coaches Poll tied the previous high set in 2010. The Gamecocks finished the year with an 11-4 record, the most wins in the program's Division I history and tying the 1977 team for the fourth-most wins in a season in school history.
Grass' offense was record breaking in every phase and highlighted a season that saw the Gamecocks set a total of 49 school records, 13 Ohio Valley Conference records and three NCAA records.
COURTESY: JSU Media Relations
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