More staff news for the Jacksonville Jaguars, as Urban Meyer will add Ryan Stamper to the team as director of player assessment, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Ryan Stamper, an Ohio State assistant AD and two-time captain for Urban Meyer at Florida, is joining Meyer's Jaguars staff as a director of player assessment, per source. Stamper spent nine years at Ohio State, and Jacksonville is his hometown. Meyer brings a captain with him.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 15, 2021
Stamper, a Jacksonville native, has spent the past nine years with the Ohio State Buckeyes. His most recent title with OSU was assistant athletic director, player development — a position he was promoted to in 2018. In that role, Stamper served as an administrative resource for players in all areas of their development.
According to ohiostatebuckeyes.com, one of Stamper’s main responsibilities with OSU was providing education for life after football for the players, through the “Real Life Wednesday” initiative.
Chief among Stamper’s responsibilities is running the football program’s highly successful and proactive “Real Life Wednesday” initiative that puts business and athletic leaders in front of Ohio State athletes for real world education on life after football. The program includes resume writing and concludes each spring with a job fair that typically draws 50 to 75 businesses on campus.
Earlier today at Meyer’s introductory press conference, he was asked specifically about bringing in staff members from the Ohio State program. Meyer said he would not take many people from Columbus and does not want to tear down the infrastructure of the organization he helped build there, but did leave the door open for one, which happens to be Stamper.
…and that one is Ryan Stamper. Done deal we are told.— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) January 15, 2021
First reported by Jeremy Fowler. https://t.co/uM8jBw1ScL
It is undetermined at this current juncture what exactly the role of “director of player assessment” will entail.
In addition to working with Meyer at Ohio State, Stamper also played for Meyer at Florida from 2006 through 2009. The Gators won two National Championship titles during that span, in the 2006 and 2008 seasons, respectively. Stamper was a two-time team captain at Florida.