Dec. 30, 2006
ATLANTA - Wake Forest's Jim Grobe has been chosen as the 2006 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year, joining a legendary class of coaches that includes Bobby Bowden, Fisher DeBerry, Vince Dooley, Tom Osborne, Joe Paterno, Eddie Robinson, and Bo Schembechler.
The Associated Press, The Sporting News and CBS Sportsline.com also selected Grobe as their coach of the year in 2006. Grobe, a native of Huntington, W. Va., was the unanimous choice as the ACC's Coach of the Year.
The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award was established in 1976 to honor the Division I college football coach whose programs represent quality on and off the field. The Bobby Dodd Award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful season on the gridiron while stressing the importance of academic excellence and sense of duty to return something back to the community, as Coach Dodd did during his 22 seasons as the head football coach of Georgia Tech.
The presentation is unique to that of other college coach's awards in that the winner is honored on his own campus, surrounded by his colleagues, friends and the students. Some members of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation travel each spring to the recipient's school to host a reception and ceremony honoring the winning coach. Also distinct from other awards, the winning coach is presented with an award certificate, a granite trophy replica of Coach Dodd and a scholarship check in the amount of $10,000 for the university.
Grobe's 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 11 games and its first ACC Championship since 1970 to represent the ACC in the FedEx Orange Bowl.
Wake Forest has posted the biggest turnaround in college football this season by winning seven more games in 2006 than in 2005. The 2005 Deacons went 4-7 and the 2006 Deacons are currently 11-2. Wake Forest is ranked in the top 25 for the eighth 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.
Grobe is the first coach to lead Wake Forest to two bowl games during the ACC era.
The Demon Deacons face Louisville in the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 2 in Miami.
Wake Forest's Jim Grobe has been chosen as the 2006 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year.