WINSTON-SALEM– Wake Forest Football Head Coach Jim Grobe has stepped down after 13 seasons. Grobe announced his decision at a news conference Monday afternoon.
Grobe spent a combined 19 years coaching at WakeForest and Ohio. He finishes with a career record of 100-115-1 with the two programs.
Grobe was 77-82 while coaching the Demon Deacons and led the small school to legitimacy in the ACC.
“I don’t know what the future will hold for me. Once you’re a coach, you’re always a coach and you want to keep coaching,” Grobe says.
His most notable accomplishment came in 2006 when he led WakeForest to its first ACC championship since 1970 and a trip to the Orange Bowl.
Grobe got the Demon Deacons to a bowl game in three straight seasons from 2006-08. That feat had never been done before at the school.
But recently, Wake Forest has been unable to recreate past glories. Last weekend, the Demon Deacons capped off their fifth straight losing season with a 23-21 loss at Vanderbilt.
Grobe’s successor is unknown.
“I feel like Ron (Wellman, the athletics director) will hire somebody good and it will be good for our guys,” Grobe says.