A native of Albertville, AL, Jarod Grace is a 1999 graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. While obtaining his hours for the internship route to becoming a certified athletic trainer, he served as a student athletic trainer for the sports of swimming, volleyball, football, baseball, basketball and track and field. He has been a member of the NATA since 1995 and certified athletic trainer since 2000. During his time as a student at Auburn, Jarod was a summer athletic training intern for the Atlanta Falcons Football Club leading up to the 1997, 1998 and 1999 seasons.
After completing an athletic training internship with Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Grace began as a graduate assistant at the University of South Carolina under NATA Hall of Fame member Dr. Rod Walters. Jarod provided care for the football and equestrian teams and taught in the athletic training curriculum. He later became the interim men's basketball athletic trainer and in 2002 he earned a MS in Physical Education from USC.
In 2002, Jarod returned to Auburn as the women’s basketball athletic trainer, a position he served in for 2 seasons. In 2005 he became the athletic trainer for the men’s basketball team, a position he held for the next 8 seasons. During his time at Auburn, Jarod oversaw the coverage and medical care of each of the Olympic Sports.
In 2012, Jarod moved into a sales position with Medco Sports Medicine where he covered the southeastern portion of the US. He was the Patterson Medical Sales Incentive award winner in 2013 and 2014 for the highest earning territory within the company. In May of 2015, Jarod followed the legendary Skeeter Schuessler in becoming the Manager of Team Sports in the Southeast for Gatorade.
Jarod began his leadership service to ALATA in 2002 by filling an unfinished term on the Executive Council. Serving on the council for 12 years, he assisted in planning the annual ALATA Meeting and Symposium, oversaw the College and University Committee and the Corporate/Industrial Committee, and attended multiple Hit the Hill Legislative Days in Montgomery.
Jarod is the 2018 recipient of the ALATA Sponsors Award. Jarod continues to be a partner and presenter at local, state and national levels on a variety of medical and athletic business topics.
Jarod is married to Albertville native, Becca Cunningham Grace. They have 2 children, Mary Alderson and Carter. The family currently resides in Auburn, AL.