When football coach Jim Grobe resigned from his position at Wake Forest in December 2013, the UVA alumnus left a 13-year legacy that will not be forgotten. “His tenure will go down as the greatest run of football success in school history,” says Wake Forest Director of Athletics Ron Wellman.
In 2006 Grobe (Educ ’75, ’78) led the Demon Deacons to their most successful season in history, scoring the ACC Atlantic Division title as well as a win over Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship game. That same year Grobe was voted the ACC Coach of the Year and was named the National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press and the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation.
Grobe, who played middle guard and linebacker at UVA, was a two-year starter and was named Academic All-ACC. After his playing days, he earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the Curry School of Education.