Jeff Kupper is in his fourth season as the director of football operations. He joined the Tigers after spending five seasons in a similar capacity at Columbia University.
In his role with the Tigers, Kupper is the "go-to" guy for many administrative duties, including team travel, camps and community service events. He is also instrumental in daily communications with student-athletes regarding practice schedules and team meetings.
As the director of football operations and special projects at Columbia, Kupper was involved closely with football marketing, development, compliance, equipment and facility operations. He oversaw quality control for game day events and arranged all staff and team travel, both in and out of season.
Kupper joined Columbia in August 2005 after two seasons at Ohio University, where he served as a facilities and equipment graduate assistant from 2003-05 and a football operations graduate assistant in 2005.
As an undergraduate at the University of Texas, Kupper earned three letters as a student football equipment manager. The Odessa, Texas, native oversaw the packing, handling and transportation of equipment and team bags for road games; organized team activities for the travel squad; acted as 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 was involved in logistical support for five bowl games in which Texas participated, including 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.
Kupper graduated from Texas in 2002 with a B.A. in religious studies. He earned two master's degrees from Ohio: a master's of business administration and a master's of sports administration and facility management.