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Dolphins hire Ryan Grove as new trainer

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The Dolphins fired athletic trainer Kevin O’Neill in the aftermath of the release of Ted Wells’ report into the behavior in and around the Dolphins locker room that was sparked by tackle Jonathan Martin’s departure from the team during the 2013 season.

O’Neill allegedly expressed hostility toward investigators and laughed when players directed racial harassment toward one of the team’s assistant trainers and was fired in February after 18 years in the job. The team was reportedly down to three finalists to replace him late last month, but none of those three wound up with the job.

The Dolphins announced Thursday that former Steelers assistant trainer Ryan Grove will take over the job.

“We are happy that Ryan has joined the team and will lead our athletic training staff,” Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey said in the team’s announcement. “He has a great deal of experience, passion and work ethic that will serve him well in this role.”

Grove was an assistant trainer for the Steelers for the last 15 years and was part of the group that was named the training staff of the year in 2008 by the Professional Football Athletic Training Society.

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6 Responses to “Dolphins hire Ryan Grove as new trainer”
  1. tarniman says: Apr 4, 2014 9:59 AM

    Any trainer from the Steelers is a good hire I think. The only question I have is does he know how to train players how to with stand this south Florida heat….I know the last trainer knew all about the S. Florida heat and how it affects players

  2. silverhornet says: Apr 4, 2014 10:31 AM

    C Thomas Howell?

  3. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Apr 4, 2014 10:34 AM

    Another dysfunctional move…..so dysfunctional

  4. eddiek77 says: Apr 4, 2014 11:51 AM

    I understand that they may also use him on the offensive line. The man is known as Mr.Versatility and yes, he can take a lot of good natured ribbing from all of the guys, too.

  5. ncphinsfan says: Apr 4, 2014 1:03 PM

    As a Phins Fan I wish Mr. Grove success, but it really was a shame that O’Neill had to be designated “Fallguy”. He was one of the longest tenured Dolphins employees and won more Awards in the NFL than any other Trainer in the League. I’m sure he got a nice Pension/Parachute, but getting his name slandered because of some political correct-BS is a shame.

  6. kgb108 says: Apr 5, 2014 12:00 AM

    Congrats Ryan. From a fellow lil Indian. I knew you had been with the Steelers. Congrats on making it to the top, your hard work and dedication to your profession has paid off.

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