Nov. 28, 2006
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Wake Forest's Jim Grobe was chosen unanimously as the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coach of the Year, the league announced on Tuesday. Grobe, who has led the Demon Deacons to the most successful season in program history, received 80 of a possible 80 votes from the league's media.
The Demon Deacons were picked to finish last in the ACC's Atlantic Division in the preseason and lost their starting quarterback, starting running back and starting defensive end early in the season. Wake Forest responded by winning a school-record 10 games, including a perfect 6-0 on the road, and representing the Atlantic Division in the ACC Championship game this Saturday in Jacksonville.
"I'm humbled, to say the least, with all the things that are being said about me, because I'm really just a function of what the staff and the players have done," Grobe said. "I'm blessed with what I think and consider is the best coaching staff in America."
Judging by winning percentage, Wake Forest is the second-most improved team in America. The 2005 Deacons went 4-7 and the 2006 Deacons are currently 10-2. Wake Forest is ranked in the top 25 for the seventh straight week, the longest streak in program history. The Deacons finished with a winning record in the ACC for the first time 1988 and only the seventh time ever. Wake Forest swept its ACC Tobacco Road rivals for the first time since 1987.
"We've put together an absolutely great group of kids that don't have runaway egos and just like to win football games, like to play (and) don't care about stats," Grobe said. "From my standpoint, I feel a little guilty when people talk about any awards that I might get, because I'm totally dependent on my coaching staff and my players."
Grobe becomes the sixth Wake Forest coach to win the ACC's Coach of the Year award. He joins Paul Amen (1963, 1959), Bill Tate (1964), Cal Stoll (1970), John Mackovic (1979) and Bill Dooley (1988, 1992).
Later this season, Grobe will become the first coach to lead Wake Forest to two bowl games during the ACC era.
Wake Forest's Jim Grobe was chosen unanimously as the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coach of the Year.