April 10, 1968 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
Robert Carr "Robby" Wells Jr. (born April 10, 1968) is an American politician and former college football coach and player. He was the head football coach at Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
Wells unsuccessfully sought the Constitution Party's nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 presidential election. He ran as an independent in the 2016 presidential election.
College football career
Wells coached football from 1990–2010. 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).
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 was fired by Head Football Coach Lou Holtz for meeting with Clemson Assistant Coach Brad Scott. It was alleged that Wells shared the Gamecock playbook with Scott. Wells moved on to become the defensive coordinator at South Carolina State University in 2002. As the Bulldog's defensive coordinator (2002–2005) Wells' defense attained numerous national rankings and a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship (2004).
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.
Head coaching record
|Savannah State Tigers (NCAA Division I FCS independent) (2008–2009)|
2012 presidential candidacy
On November 21, 2011, Wells announced his candidacy for President of the United States in the 2012 general election. He initially stated that he would run as an independent, saying "Our party system is broken. We need a third option". In December, he became a candidate for the presidential nomination of the Reform Party. 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. 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.
2016 presidential candidacy
Wells announced on November 3, 2012 that he would run for President of the United States again in 2016 as an independent candidate. On July 17, 2013, he held a conference call to address a variety of accusations by his former campaign managers.
On September 24, 2013, Wells announced that he would discontinue campaigning as an independent candidate and would instead seek the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party. On March 9, 2016, a press release on Wells' website claimed that Wells is no longer running as a Democrat, but as an independent once again.
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- Robby Wells Addresses Accusations, Claims He Has Virgil Goode’s Endorsement for 2016, Independent Political Report, 7/21/13
- Robby Wells To Seek Democratic Nomination For President In 2016, Independent Political Report, 9/24/13
- 2016 already here for fringe hopefuls, Patrick Gavin, Politico, 11/29/13
- "Press Release 03-09-16". robbywells2016.com. Retrieved 2016-03-17.