Jim Grobe
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Biographical details
Born (1952-02-17) February 17, 1952 (age 70)
Huntington, West Virginia
Playing career
Position(s)Guard, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1975Virginia (GA)
1976–1977Liberty HS (Bedford, VA)
1978Emory and Henry (LB)
1979–1983Marshall (LB)
1984–1994Air Force (LB)
2001–2013Wake Forest
2019San Antonio Commanders (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall117–121–1 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
1 ACC (2006)
AP College Football Coach of the Year (2006)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (2006)
Sporting News College Football COY (2006)
MAC Coach of the Year (1996)
ACC Coach of the Year (2006)

Jim Britt Grobe (born February 17, 1952) is an American football coach and former player who was most recently the defensive coordinator of the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football. His previous position to that was as head football coach at Baylor University.[1] From 2001 to 2013, Grobe served as the head football coach at Wake Forest University. In 2006, he was named ACC Coach of the Year by a unanimous vote and AP Coach of the Year for coaching Wake Forest to an 11–2 regular season and the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.

Playing career

Grobe earned his undergraduate degree (B.S.) in education from the University of Virginia in 1975 and earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Virginia in 1978. As a player at Virginia in 1973 and 1974, Grobe played middle guard (1973) and linebacker (1974). He was a two-year starter for the Virginia Cavaliers and was named Academic All-ACC.

Before enrolling at Virginia, Grobe spent two seasons with Ferrum College, then known as Ferrum Junior College, where he played linebacker on the undefeated Coastal Conference championship team. Grobe earned the Catlin Citizenship Award and the Big Green Award. In the fall of 2002, Grobe was inducted into the Ferrum College Hall of Fame.

Coaching career

Wake Forest

2006 season

In 2006, Grobe led Wake Forest to a school record 11 wins with a perfect 6–0 road record. His Wake Forest team also won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship by virtue of defeating Georgia Tech, 9–6, in the conference title game. The Demon Deacons earned their first trip to a BCS bowl game and played Louisville in the Orange Bowl. Grobe was named the ACC Coach of the Year, receiving 80 out of 80 votes from the league's media and making him the sixth Wake Forest coach to win the award. Grobe was also awarded the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award and the AP Coach of the Year in 2006.

On February 27, 2007, Grobe signed a 10-year contract extension through 2016.[2]


Grobe resigned from Wake Forest on December 2, 2013.[3]


On May 30, 2016, Grobe was hired as Baylor's head coach for the 2016 season. Grobe led the Baylor Bears to their seventh consecutive bowl game, the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl in Arizona. Baylor entered the game as heavy underdogs to the 10–2 Boise State Broncos, but the Bears rolled to an easy 31–12 victory.

San Antonio Commanders

In 2018, Grobe was named the defensive coordinator of the San Antonio Commanders.[4]


Grobe and his wife Holly have two sons, Matt and Ben, and four grandchildren. Matt has been head men's golf coach at Marshall University since 2012.[5] Ben has formerly served as Assistant Director of Football Operations at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Ohio Bobcats (Mid-American Conference) (1995–2000)
1995 Ohio 2–8–1 1–6–1 9th
1996 Ohio 6–6 5–3 4th
1997 Ohio 8–3 6–2 T–2nd (East)
1998 Ohio 5–6 5–3 T–3rd (East)
1999 Ohio 5–6 5–3 T–3rd (East)
2000 Ohio 7–4 5–3 T–3rd (East)
Ohio: 33–33–1 27–20–1
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2001–2013)
2001 Wake Forest 6–5 3–5 7th
2002 Wake Forest 7–6 3–5 7th W Seattle
2003 Wake Forest 5–7 3–5 7th
2004 Wake Forest 4–7 1–7 T–10th
2005 Wake Forest 4–7 3–5 T–4th (Atlantic)
2006 Wake Forest 11–3 6–2 1st (Atlantic) L Orange 17 18
2007 Wake Forest 9–4 5–3 T–2nd (Atlantic) W Meineke Car Care
2008 Wake Forest 8–5 4–4 T–3rd (Atlantic) W EagleBank
2009 Wake Forest 5–7 3–5 4th (Atlantic)
2010 Wake Forest 3–9 1–7 6th (Atlantic)
2011 Wake Forest 6–7 5–3 T–2nd (Atlantic) L Music City
2012 Wake Forest 5–7 3–5 4th (Atlantic)
2013 Wake Forest 4–8 2–6 6th (Atlantic)
Wake Forest: 77–82 42–62
Baylor Bears (Big 12 Conference) (2016)
2016 Baylor 7–6 3–6 T–6th W Cactus
Baylor: 7–6 3–6
Total: 117–121–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Jim Grobe Named Baylor's Acting Head Football Coach". Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  2. ^ "Grobe inks new 10-year contract with Wake Forest". ESPN.com. Associated Press. February 27, 2007. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
  3. ^ "Wake Forest's Jim Grobe resigns". ESPN.com. December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  4. ^ Luca, Greg (29 October 2018). "San Antonio Commanders making preparations for upcoming season". ExpressNews.com. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Matt Grobe". Marshall Thundering Herd. Retrieved January 26, 2022.