Jeff Kupper was announced as Florida State’s director of player development and operations on Jan. 6, 2020.
Kupper came to Tallahassee following 10 seasons as the director of operations at Memphis. In that role, he was responsible for many administrative duties, including team travel, camps and community service. He also was instrumental in daily communication with student-athletes regarding practice schedules and team meetings.
Prior to his time at Memphis, Kupper spent five years as director of football operations and special projects at Columbia. He was involved with football marketing, development, compliance, equipment and facility operations while also overseeing quality control for game day events and arranging all staff and team travel, both in and out of season. Kupper joined Columbia in August 2005 from Ohio University, where he was a facilities and equipment graduate assistant from 2003-05.
As an undergraduate at the University of Texas, Kupper earned three letters as a student football equipment manager. He oversaw the packing, handling and transportation of equipment and team bags for road games, organized team activities for the travel squad, acted as a liaison between the travel team and hotel staffs, maintained and organized football equipment and worked on reconciliation of equipment orders for six men’s sports. He also was involved in logistical support for three Cotton Bowls and two Holiday Bowls.
Kupper was a three-time recipient of the Darrel K. Royal Scholarship Award and the Glen Swenson Award, both presented to an outstanding equipment manager. He spent four consecutive semesters on the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll.
The Odessa, Texas, native graduated from Texas in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in religious studies. He earned a master’s of business administration and a master’s of sports administration and facility management from Ohio.
Kupper and his wife, Lindsay, have two daughters, Ruby-Wayne and Jennings.