HEAD COACH BRODERICK FOBBS
Broderick Fobbs enters his fourth season as head football coach at Grambling State University with a wealth of experience as a coach and understands the demands the student-athletes have on and off the field.
In 2016, Fobbs led the Tigers to an overall record of 11-1, ending the season as SWAC Champions, Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl Champions and HBCU National Champions. After repeating as SWAC Western Division champions, winning the 2016 SWAC championship game and defeating North Carolina Central University 10-9 in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, the Tigers are out to remain on top teams in all of FCS football.
Following a narrow 10-point loss (31-21) to FBS opponent Arizona, Grambling finished the 2016 season on an 11-game winning streak, earning the program’s 25th SWAC title (the first since 2011) and 15th HBCU Football National title - its first since 2008. The Tigers finished the 2016 season ranked 15th in the final FCS Coaches Poll and 16th in the final FCS STATS poll.
In just his first three years as a head coach, Fobbs has not only captured three SWAC Coach of the Year awards, but has lead the Tigers to a 25-2 regular-season conference record – including back-to-back undefeated conference regular seasons (18-0).
At the end of the season, 14 Tigers earned all-conference honors, including Devante Kincade being named Offensive Player of the Year and Donovan McCray being named Defensive Player of the Year.
In addition to being named SWAC Coach of the Year in 2016, Fobbs was also named the Sheridan Broadcasting Network Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, HERO Sports FCS Football Coach of the Year, BOXTOROW Co-Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the FCS Eddie Robinson Award.
Fobbs was named head coach at Grambling on December 4, 2013. Being a first-time head coach of a historic football program presented monumental challenges, but Fobbs, his staff and the team embraced the challenges head on in the 2014 season.
After starting the season with three consecutive losses, Fobbs led the Tigers to seven consecutive conference wins before dropping the final two games of the season. Finishing with an overall record of 7-5 and 7-2 in the conference, Grambling was only one win away from clinching a western division title and a berth in the SWAC Championship game. The seven wins was a six-win improvement from the previous season for the Tigers. The drastic turnaround by the program created national headlines for Fobbs and the program earning him several Coach of the Year awards.
In 2014, Fobbs was named SWAC Coach of the Year, Louisiana Sports Writers Coach of the Year, Black College HOF Sports Writers Coach of the Year and Sheridan Broadcasting Network Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year and was named as a FCS Eddie Robinson Award Finalist.
The success continued into Fobbs’ second year at Grambling. In only his second season, Fobbs guided the team to an undefeated regular season conference record (9-0) – the first undefeated regular-season record by a SWAC school since Grambling finished 7-0 in 2008 – and a western division championship. The Tigers’ season ended in defeat in the Toyota SWAC Football Championship Game to Alcorn State.
Grambling finished the season ranked 24th in the final FCS STATS poll and quarterback Johnathan Williams was named SWAC Offensive Player of the Year – the first offensive player of the year award from a Grambling player since Frank Warren in 2010. That season Fobbs was named 2015 SWAC Coach of the Year and BOXTOROW Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the STATS FCS Coach of the Year.
After a one-year stint serving as the wide receivers coach with Southern Mississippi in 2012, Fobbs returned to McNeese State University for the 2013 for a sixth overall season as a member of the McNeese coaching staff as the tight ends coach. That season, McNeese defeated FBS opponent University of South Florida 53-21. After a 10-2 regular season, McNeese made yet another FCS playoff appearance.
Prior to that, Fobbs served as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach with McNeese from 2007-2011. During that time, he mentored players Quinten Lawrence, who was drafted and played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, and Steven Whitehead, an all-conference receiver. McNeese was a dominant Southland Conference opponent during these years as it boasted an undefeated regular season record of 11-0 in 2007 and FCS playoff appearances in 2007 and 2009. McNeese was also Southland Conference Champions in those two years.
Fobbs had a successful stay as an assistant coach at Northwestern State from 2002-2006, where he mentored and recruited two of the most productive receivers in Northwestern State history, Derrick Doyle and Toby Zeigler, who ranked first and second at the school in receptions, respectively. The Demons won a share of the 2004 Southland Conference Championship with an overall regular season record of 8-4 and a berth to the FCS Playoffs.
During his stay at NSU, Fobbs completed an NFL Minority Internship with the Buffalo Bills in 2005 and also coached the Arena League II Lafayette, La., franchise. He also worked as an offensive graduate assistant at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette during the 2000-01 season.
Under legendary Grambling head football coach Eddie Robinson, Fobbs was an honor roll student and served as a two-time team captain for the Tigers. Grambling won the 1992 HBCU National Championship defeating Florida A&M 45-15 in the Heritage Bowl. Grambling also were co-champions of the SWAC in 1994. He led the SWAC in yards per carry averaging 7.1 one season. He gained more than 1,000 yards during his college football career.
Fobbs was a standout, multisport student-athlete at Carroll High School in Monroe, La. There, he was a team captain and earned all-state honors in football in 1990 and 1991 and all-region in baseball in 1990. Fobbs was also a state qualifier in the open 200m dash in 1991. He played in the state baseball and football all-star games before earning a scholarship to Grambling State University as a running back.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Grambling in 1997.
Fobbs is married to the former Kimbia Jones, and the couple has two children, Kyndal and Rylee.