Robby Wells

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Robby Wells
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Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1968-04-10) April 10, 1968 (age 46)
Bartow, Georgia
Playing career
1986–1990 Furman
Position(s) Fullback, wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2007–2009 Savannah State
Head coaching record
Overall 7–15
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Robert "Robby" Wells (born April 10, 1968) is an American former college football coach and a politician. He was the head football coach at Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia from 2007 to 2009.[1]

Wells unsuccessfully sought the Constitution Party's nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 presidential election.[2][3][4] He is seeking the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party in the 2016 presidential election.

College football career[edit]

Wells played football at Furman University, playing fullback and wide receiver. He was a member of the 1988 NCAA Division I-AA national championship team.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

Wells has been coaching football since 1990. He began his career as an assistant coach at Greer (S.C.) High School (1990–1995). He served as head coach at C.E. Murray High School Greeleyville, SC (1995–1997).[5][6]

He moved to the University of South Carolina as a graduate assistant for four seasons. Wells worked with the defensive backs (1998-1999) and middle linebackers (2000).Wells moved on to become the defensive coordinator at South Carolina State University in 2002.[5] As the Bulldog's defensive coordinator (2002–2005) Wells' defense attained numerous national rankings and a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship (2004).[5]

In 2006 Wells was hired as the General Manager for the Augusta Spartans Arena Football Team where his duties included coaching, player personnel decisions, player development, team travel, fund raising and media relations.[5]

Wells' final position before joining Savannah State was as the defensive coordinator and football marketing director for one season at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.[5]

Savannah State[edit]

Wells was hired as head football coach on December 22, 2007 (2007-12-22).[5] The team compiled a 5–7 record in his first season as head coach. Wells resigned his position on January 28, 2010 citing personal reasons. He subsequently filed a lawsuit against SSU for reverse discrimination, alleging that his resignation as head coach was forced.[7] The lawsuit was settled in November 2011.[8][9]

2012 presidential candidacy[edit]

On November 21, 2011, Wells announced his candidacy for President of the United States in the 2012 general election.[2][10] He initially stated that he would run as an independent, saying "Our party system is broken. We need a third option".[2] In December, he became a candidate for the presidential nomination of the Reform Party.[11] In January 2012, Wells withdrew his bid for the Reform Party nomination and announced that he would instead seek the presidential nomination of the Constitution Party.[3][12] At the Constitution Party National Convention Wells received 58 of 402 votes (14.39%) for the party's presidential nomination, which was won on the first ballot by former U.S. Congressman Virgil Goode.[4]

2016 presidential candidacy[edit]

Wells announced on November 3, 2012 that he would run for President of the United States again in 2016 as an independent candidate.[13] On July 17, 2013, he held a conference call to address a variety of accusations by his former campaign managers.[14]

On September 24, 2013, Wells announced that he would discontinue campaigning as a independent candidate and would instead seek the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Wells holds both a Masters degree in adult education from the University of South Carolina (2000) and a Bachelors degree in health and physical education from Furman University (1990).[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Savannah State University 2009 Media Guide". Savannah State University. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  2. ^ a b c Peterson, Larry (November 21, 2011). "Robby Wells settles SSU lawsuit, says he's running for president". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Hassanali, Zoheb (Januarty 17, 2012). "Former football coach running for presidency". WACH. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Retting, Arielle (April 22, 2012). "Constitution Party to run Virgil Goode for president". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Savannah State University Football: Robert "Robby" Wells". Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  6. ^ "SSU football starts 'new era'". 24 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  7. ^ "Wells resigns as SSU head football coach". SSUAthletics.com. Savannah State University. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  8. ^ Jones, Walter (November 18, 2011). "Coach's lawsuit against SSU settled". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ Heath, Donald (Nov 30, 2011). "Robby Wells receives $240,000 in settlement with SSU". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Charlotte man plans to run for President in 2012". WSOC-TV. November 19, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  11. ^ "3rd Party Presidential Candidate Robby Wells visits FOX 35". FOX 35 (Orlando). January 3, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Robby Wells drops Reform Party bid to run for Constitution Party nom". Independent Political Report. January 16, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Robby Carr Wells Announces Presidential Bid For 2016 @ Music City Liberty Festival". November 4, 2012. 
  14. ^ Robby Wells Addresses Accusations, Claims He Has Virgil Goode’s Endorsement for 2016, Independent Political Report, 7/21/13
  15. ^ Robby Wells To Seek Democratic Nomination For President In 2016, Independent Political Report, 9/24/13
  16. ^ 2016 already here for fringe hopefuls, Patrick Gavin, Politico, 11/29/13

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