Posted December 02, 2013

Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe resigns after 13 seasons

Jim Grobe, Wake Forest Demon Deacons
The 2006 Coach of the Year, Jim Grobe hasn't led a winning season at Wake Forest since 2008.

The 2006 Coach of the Year, Jim Grobe hasn’t led Wake Forest to a winning season since 2008. (Chuck Burton/AP)

Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe resigned on Monday after 13 season with the Demon Deacons.

Grobe’s resignation was first reported by the Winston-Salem Journal and ESPN’s Bretty McMurphy.

Wake’s 23-21 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday was the final game in the Demon Deacons’ fifth straight losing season. Wake Forest finished the year 4-8.

In a statement, athletic director Ron Wellman emphasized the highlights of Grobe’s career at the school:

“Jim Grobe’s tenure at Wake Forest will go down as the greatest run of football success in school history,” said 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. There wasn’t a time when I did not look forward to meeting with him.”

The Demon Deacons’ 2006 ACC title was their first since 1970. Wake Forest beat Georgia Tech 9-6 in the conference title game and reached the Orange Bowl, where the Demon Deacons lost to Louisville to finish the season 11-3. For his work that season, Grobe garnered coach of the year honors from both the ACC and the Associated Press .

The 61-year-old coach’s career record at Wake Forest is 77-82, including 42-62 in ACC games. Grobe’s 77 victories tie the school record for most wins by a head coach, and his 42 ACC wins more than triples the victories of the coach in second-place, Bill Dooley, who won 14 conference games from 1987 to ’92.


I hope this was his decision. Because I don't think they will be able to find a better coach.


If true, time to give credit where credit is due: he did a great job coaching at a school with one of the smallest enrollments in D1 football. Class act who produced some pretty good teams. Always had lack of depth and needs to ride special classes, like this year's senior class. However, injuries have caught up to him big time this year and there won't a be lot returning.