Associate Director of Pro Personnel
Bobby Grier was tabbed as Houston’s associate director of pro personnel in May 2000. Grier previously held the title of vice president/player personnel for the New England Patriots.
Grier spent 18 years as a player personnel executive and as a coach with the Patriots, serving in his vice president role for more than four years. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of New England’s pro and college scouting departments, player evaluations, free agency, and the annual NFL Draft. From 1995 until he joined the Texans, Grier served as New England’s director of player personnel.
From 1985-92, Grier was New England’s running backs coach, working under three different head coaches (Raymond Berry, Rod Rust, Dick MacPherson). The 1985 squad captured the franchise’s first AFC championship before losing to the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX. That season, Grier’s backs gained 2,331 rushing yards, including 1,227 by Houston native Craig James. Grier was a college scout for New England from 1982-84. Grier’s first NFL position came in New England in 1981 when he was the running backs coach under Ron Erhardt.
Grier spent 1978-80 as running backs coach at Boston College under Ed Chlebek, helping the team improve from 0-11 to 7-4. Grier’s initial college coaching post came at Eastern Michigan where he coached the running backs for George Mans and then Chlebek from 1974-77. From 1970-73, Grier was the head coach at Detroit’s Martin Luther King High School. Grier’s first coaching assignment came as an assistant at Kettering (Mich.) High School from 1966-69.
Grier is a native of Detroit. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in physical education from Iowa, where he was a three-year starter at running back as well as a two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten selection. As a senior, Grier led the Hawkeyes in rushing. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Houston. They have two sons — Chris, who is the director of college scouting for the Miami Dolphins, and Michael, who plays for the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.