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Alumna Kirsten Grohs beats industry odds with recent promotion

Friday, June 24 2016 12:00am

Grohs is the first female manager of football administration in Jaguars’ history.

By Mackenzie O'Dwyer

Out of 32 teams in the National Football League, only five females have held an executive level position in football administration. Ohio University College of Business alumna Kirsten Grohs has joined that select group. Grohs is the first female in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ history to become the manager of football administration; a promotion she recently received after working in the organization for three years.

“I’m eager to make an impact in this new role,” said Grohs. “And, to be the first female manager of football administration in Jaguars’ history…that’s incredible!”

Grohs graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. During this time, she volunteered for the university’s football team. This experience confirmed her passion for sports and inspired her career choice.

“Watching the community come together through sports was inspirational. I remember thinking, ‘I always want to be part of this.’ At the time, it was my dream to pursue a career in sports administration,” said Grohs. “Today, I’ve made that dream come true.”

On the path to pursuing her dream job, Grohs went back to school to receive her Master of Sports Administration and Master of Business Administration dual-degree from Ohio University.

“The hands-on experience I gained in business and sports administration gave me the extra push and confidence I needed to stand out from the crowd when I applied for my first job with the Jaguars,” said Grohs. “And, here I am today, achieving my career goals. It all started with the dual-degree program.”

After three years of working for the Jaguars, Grohs was ready to take the next step in her career. She presented the Jaguars’ general manager with a proposal of her desired job responsibilities and the goals she had for the organization’s future.

“I took a chance and it paid off,” said Grohs.

In her new role, Grohs will be responsible for managing football operations and logistics including drafting, negotiation, player contracts, team travel, and improving organizational processes.

Jim Kahler, executive director of Ohio University’s AECOM Center for Sports Administration, worked with Grohs while she was a student on campus. He expressed pride in her achievements and the influence it will have on other females in OHIO’s MBA/MSA dual-degree program.

“Kirsten’s promotion with the Jaguars speaks volumes to her talents and hard work,” said Kahler. “She’s a trailblazer in the sports industry and has been a positive influence to others in our program."

About the MBA/MSA Dual-Degree Program

Ohio University's Master of Business Administration and Master of Sports Administration dual-degree program gives students an edge in the marketplace and prepares them for leadership roles by combining the holistic business knowledge of the MBA program with sport-specific industry knowledge of the MSA program. The dual-degree program provides students with real-world consulting experience working with companies, sports organizations, and athletic departments across the country.  

Ohio University's MSA progam ranked first in the 2016 SportBusiness International Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings. This is the fourth time OHIO’s MSA program has been ranked first in the world out of the five years that SportBusiness International has ranked graduate-level sports programs.

To learn more about Ohio University's MBA/MSA dual-degree program, visit