The Miami Dolphins have named Ryan Grove as the team’s head athletic trainer. Grove joins Miami after spending 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including the past 15 years (1999-2013) as the team’s assistant athletic trainer.
“We are happy that Ryan has joined the team and will lead our athletic training staff,” said Miami Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey. “He has a great deal of experience, passion and work ethic that will serve him well in this role.”
“I am excited to join the Miami Dolphins,” Grove added. “The organization has a great history and storied tradition and this is a great opportunity for me. I look forward to working with Dennis Hickey, Coach Philbin, and our staff to help service our players.”
Grove and the rest of the Steelers’ athletic training staff were named as the 2008 Professional Football Athletic Training Staff of the Year by the Professional Football Athletic Training Society (PFATS). Grove graduated magna cum laude, receiving his bachelor of science degree in athletic training from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993, and a master’s degree in athletic training/exercise physiology in 1996.
An Indiana, Pennsylvania native, Grove previously served as an assistant athletic trainer at East Tennessee State University, where he was the head athletic trainer for the school’s men’s basketball, baseball and tennis teams. He also served as an intern athletic trainer for the Steelers for the 1992-93 seasons and a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the team from 1994-96.
Grove is a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society, the American College of Sports Medicine and National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Grove and his wife, AnnMarie, reside in Pittsburgh. The couple has one daughter, Samantha Ann, and one son, Tyler Ryan.