John Grass Steps Down As Jacksonville State’s Football Coach

John Grass


JACKSONVILLE – After nearly nine years at Jacksonville State and eight as its head football coach, John Grass and JSU mutually agreed to part ways following Saturday’s home finale against Abilene Christian.
Grass informed members of the media of the decision in his postgame press conference following the Gamecocks’ 40-25 win over Abilene Christian on Saturday, which he announced would be his last game as JSU’s coach.
“First, I’d like to thank Coach Grass for his service to Jacksonville State University, our Football program and to our student-athletes for the past nine years,” Athletics Director Greg Seitz said. “Since he was hired as our head coach in 2014, we’ve experienced new heights in FCS football, including a trip to the FCS Championship Game in 2015.”
Grass’ tenure at JSU comes to an end after serving for eight years as the Gamecocks’ head coach and one an assistant. He returned to his alma mater in 2013 as the offensive coordinator on Bill Clark’s staff and was named the head coach in 2014 after his 2013 offensive unit broke several JSU and Ohio Valley Conference records.
He finishes his career with the Gamecocks with a 72-26 record and having won six Ohio Valley Conference Championships, five of which came in his first five seasons at the helm. 
“My time has come and gone here,” Grass told the media on Saturday night. “It’s been a great ride. It’s been unbelievable. You can’t put into words what has happened here. This will always be my home. We’ve raised our kids here for nine years. Me and my wife are both alumni. This place has done so much for me that I can’t ever repay it.
“As an era comes to an end, you look back and analyze it. There are so many special people that made what we’ve done here happen. God put so many special people in my life, and when we started it His hands have been on this program in so many ways. I like to win and hate to lose as much as anyone, but the lives that have been changed with what God has done for our program has been unbelievable. It’s been the best thing I’ve ever been a part of.”
The Gamecocks have two games remaining in FCS play, starting with Saturday’s 4 p.m. game at Lamar and finishing at Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 20. Following the season, JSU will break ground on a new stadium expansion and will begin its transition to Conference USA and the Football Bowl Subdivision. The move, which was announced on Friday, will see JSU play the 2022 season in the inaugural season of ASUN Football, before playing a C-USA schedule in 2023.
“With an exciting time on the horizon for Jacksonville State and Gamecock Football, we feel that the interest in our head coaching position will greater than it ever has been,” Seitz added. “We will begin a nationwide search for our next coach, who will lead us into the FBS.”

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