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(Pictured: Jim Grobe receives the 2006 ACC Football Championship trophy from Commissioner John Swofford.)
Head coach Jim Grobe announced his resignation after 13 seasons leading the Demon Deacons
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (wakeforestsports.com) – Wake Forest University head football coach Jim Grobe announced his resignation this afternoon after 13 seasons leading the Demon Deacons.
“Jim Grobe’s tenure at Wake Forest will go down as the greatest run of football success in school history,” said Director of Athletics Ron Wellman. “Jim and his staff have lifted our program to great heights. Every Demon Deacon fan will be forever grateful for the 2006 ACC Championship and the trip to the Orange Bowl. Jim showed us that winning championships is a worthy and realistic goal for us. We are indebted to him for raising our expectations.
“Jim Grobe is one of the finest people I have ever met,” said Wellman. “There wasn’t a time when I did not look forward to meeting with him.”
Wellman stated that a search for Grobe’s successor will begin immediately. There is no timeline for having the new coach in place.
Grobe was hired on Dec. 11, 2000. In his 13 seasons, he compiled a record of 77-82, tying the school record for the most victories in a career. In 2006, Grobe led Wake Forest to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and a trip to the Orange Bowl.
He departs with three times as many Atlantic Coast Conference victories as any other Wake Forest football coach. Grobe won 42 ACC contests while Bill Dooley (1987-92) is second with 14 conference wins.
Grobe built his record in part by dominating in-state opponents. The Deacons were 32-11 against North Carolina opponents and went 21-4 at home vs. in-state opponents. Wake Forest was 23-10 in games against ACC opponents North Carolina, NC State and Duke under Grobe.
Grobe’s former players hold nearly every major record at Wake Forest. Grobe and his staff recruited quarterback Riley Skinner, the school’s all-time leading passer; Chris Barclay, the all-time leading rusher; and Sam Swank, the school’s top scorer. Alphonso Smith, the Wake Forest and ACC career interception leader, and Michael Campanaro, the career receptions leader, also came to Wake Forest to play for Grobe.
Grobe was responsible for the most successful season in Wake Forest football history, leading the Demon Deacons to an 11-3 record in 2006, the ACC Atlantic Division title and a win over Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game. The Deacons became the first (and only) North Carolina school to earn a berth in a BCS bowl with their appearance in the 2007 FedEx Orange Bowl. Grobe was a unanimous choice as the ACC Coach of the Year in 2006 and was recognized as the national Coach of the Year with the Bobby Dodd Award. He received the national coach of the year awards from the American Football Coaches Association and the Associated Press.
A number of Wake Forest players were honored with national awards during Grobe’s tenure. Punter Ryan Plackemeier received the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter in 2005. In 2008, Aaron Curry received the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker and was the fourth pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Curry was also a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player. Alphonso Smith was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award in 2008. Center Steve Justice won the ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2007.
Grobe led Wake Forest to an appearance in the 2002 Seattle Bowl, the 2007 Orange Bowl and the 2011 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. The Deacons won the 2007 Meineke Car Care Bowl and the 2008 EagleBank Bowl.