Grobe resigns at Wake Forest

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Updated: 12/02/2013 4:08 pm

Winston-Salem, NC ( - Jim Grobe, the co-leader in wins in Wake Forest history, announced his resignation after 13 seasons as the Demon Deacons' head football coach on Monday.

Grobe took a Wake Forest program that had long been an ACC doormat to unforeseen heights in 2006, guiding the Deacons to 11 wins that included a victory in the conference championship game as well as a BCS berth in the Orange Bowl. The team has posted a losing record in each of the last five years, however, compiling a 23-38 record during that span.

The Demon Deacons finished 4-8 overall and 2-6 in the ACC in 2013, ending the season on a five-game losing streak following a 34-10 decision over Maryland on Oct. 19. That win was Grobe's 77th at Wake Forest, tying him with "Peahead" Walker for the most by a Demon Deacons' football coach.

"I just really feel right now, it's good for the program to have some new energy and some new direction," Grobe stated. "Probably good for me to have some new energy if I decide to continue coaching, to have a new challenge. I just feel all the way around it's best for Wake Forest.

"As you know, that's what I want, a great place for our kids and our program. I want things good for Wake Forest and if somebody else is able to come in here and do that, I'll be their biggest fan."

Grobe led the Deacons to a school-record five bowl games, including three straight from 2006-08, during his tenure and went 77-82 over his 13 seasons. Wake Forest recorded six wins or more in six of those campaigns.

"Jim Grobe's tenure at Wake Forest will go down as the greatest run of football success in school history," Demon Deacons athletic director Ron 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, who previously served as head coach at Ohio for six seasons before taking over the Wake Forest program in 2001, also was named the national Coach of the Year by the Associated Press for his 2006 accomplishments.

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