Irish head coach discusses Saturday's annual matchup with the Midshipmen (3:30 p.m., NBC).
Ryan Grooms enters his fourth season at Notre Dame as the head football equipment manager. In his position, Grooms directs all facets of athletic equipment management for the Irish football team and oversees one assistant equipment manager and 50 student managers.
Grooms came to Notre Dame following two years at the University of Minnesota where he served in a similar capacity. Prior to Minnesota, he spent five seasons as an equipment specialist for the United States Air Force Academy football program.
During his time at Air Force, Grooms supervised 30 Cadet student managers and oversaw the daily football operations that included laundry for more than 240 Cadet varsity and junior varsity football players. He was responsible for organization and upkeep of the Falcon Athletic Center equipment room and bi-annual inventory. Grooms also handled equipment for boxing, cross country, track and field and water polo at the Air Force Academy.
Grooms has been involved in equipment management since 2000, when he was a student at Ohio University. He spent two seasons with the Bobcat football team working with equipment and also taking part in film exchange and highlight videos.
Following graduation, Grooms was an equipment intern for the New Orleans Saints' summer training camp. He spent one year as a graduate assistant equipment manager at Marshall University where he supervised 12 student managers and assisted in the organization of equipment travel.
Grooms is a member of the Athletic Equipment Manager Association and was a 2008 nominee for the Knight Pickard Award as the District 7 Equipment Manager of the Year. He also serves on the McDavid Advisory Committee.
He and his wife Lynzee have two sons, Easton and Brecken, and live in Granger.