February 17, 1952 |
Huntington, West Virginia
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Liberty HS (Bedford, VA)
Emory & Henry (LB)
Air Force (LB)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 ACC (2006)
Jim Britt Grobe (born February 17, 1952) is an American football coach and former player. He was most recently the head coach at Wake Forest University from 2001 to 2013. From 1995 to 2000, Grobe served as the head coach at Ohio University. In 2006, he was named ACC Coach of the Year by a unanimous vote and AP Coach of the Year for coaching Wake Forest to an 11–2 regular season. After posting five consecutive losing seasons, Grobe resigned after the 2013 campaign.
Grobe earned his undergraduate degree (B.S.) in education from the University of Virginia in 1975 and earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Virginia in 1978. As a player at Virginia in 1973 and 1974, Grobe played middle guard (1973) and linebacker (1974). He was a two-year starter for the Virginia Cavaliers and was named Academic All-ACC.
Before enrolling at Virginia, Grobe spent two seasons with Ferrum College, then known as Ferrum Junior College, where he played linebacker on the undefeated Coastal Conference championship team. Grobe earned the Catlin Citizenship Award and the Big Green Award. In the fall of 2002, Grobe was inducted into the Ferrum College Hall of Fame.
In 2006, Grobe led Wake Forest to a school record 11 wins with a perfect 6–0 road record. His Wake Forest team also won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship by virtue of defeating Georgia Tech, 9–6, in the conference title game. The Demon Deacons earned their first trip to a BCS bowl game and played Louisville in the Orange Bowl. Grobe was named the ACC Coach of the Year, receiving 80 out of 80 votes from the league's media and making him the sixth Wake Forest coach to win the award. Grobe was also awarded the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award and the AP Coach of the Year in 2006.
On February 27, 2007, Grobe signed a 10-year contract extension through 2016.
Grobe resigned from Wake Forest on December 2, 2013 after posting a fifth-consecutive losing season.
Grobe and his wife, Holly, have two sons, Matt and Ben, and two grandchildren.
Head coaching record
|Ohio Bobcats (Mid-American Conference) (1995–2000)|
|Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2001–2013)|
|2002||Wake Forest||7–6||3–5||7th||W Seattle|
|2005||Wake Forest||4–7||3–5||T–4th (Atlantic)|
|2006||Wake Forest||11–3||6–2||1st (Atlantic)||L Orange†||17||18|
|2007||Wake Forest||9–4||5–3||T–2nd (Atlantic)||W Meineke Car Care|
|2008||Wake Forest||8–5||4–4||T–3rd (Atlantic)||W Eaglebank|
|2009||Wake Forest||5–7||3–5||4th (Atlantic)|
|2010||Wake Forest||3–9||1–7||6th (Atlantic)|
|2011||Wake Forest||6–7||5–3||T–2nd (Atlantic)||L Music City|
|2012||Wake Forest||5–7||3–5||4th (Atlantic)|
|2013||Wake Forest||4–8||2–6||6th (Atlantic)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.