Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe resigns after 13 seasons
Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe announced his resignation after the Demon Deacons' 4-8 finish in 2013.
Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe resigned on Monday, ending his 13-year tenure as the Demon Deacons' head football coach.
Grobe informed athletic director Ron Wellman of his plans to resign during their weekly meeting on Monday morning. The news was made official during a news conference on Monday afternoon.
"Jim Grobe’s tenure at Wake Forest will go down as the greatest run of football success in school history," Wellman said. "Jim and his staff have lifted our program to great heights. Every Demon Deacon fan will be forever grateful for the 2006 ACC Championship and the trip to the Orange Bowl. Jim showed us that winning championships is a worthy and realistic goal for us. We are indebted to him for raising our expectations."
Grobe proceeded to talk about those raised expecations in his time with the media. He mentioned how the close losses in the last two years "start to beat you up a little bit" when asked if he had considered stepping down before now.
"I had certain expecations for the last two years and we didn't meet those expecations, and that's my fault," Grobe said. The longtime coach said the program needed "a new focus" and "some new energy" in order to move forward.
Wake Forest's season came to an end with a narrow 23-21 loss at Vanderbilt on Saturday, leaving the team with a 4-8 record in the second straight season without a bowl game. Failing to reach a bowl game in these last two seasons (Wake Forest finished 5-7 in 2012) appeared to be a sticking point for Grobe in his decision to step down.
Grobe's record at Wake Forest is 77-82, with the highlight being the school's ACC title in 2006. He is tied with Peahead Walker atop the school's win list.
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