Grambling, LA, United States (4E Sports) – Grambling has named McNeese State tight ends coach Broderick Fobbs as its new football coach.
Fobbs, 39, played for Grambling coaching legend Eddie G. Robinson Sr. in the late 1990s and graduated in 1997.
He was among five finalists for the position, created when Doug Williams was fired on Sept. 11.
Interim coach Dennis Winston, former Grambling assistant Andre Robinson, former North Carolina Central coach Henry Frazier and former Gardner-Webb coach Ron Dickerson were the other four candidates.
“We had some great finalists,” said Grambling athletic director Aaron James . “All of them were good, but I think Broderick’s exposure to other programs maybe brought a little more organization to the table. He was very well organized. He did a PowerPoint presentation. He had a plan. He had a vision.”
James noted the decision was unanimous with the committee and that Broderick’s presentation included football as well as academics.
The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors must still approve the hire Friday.
Fobbs will join Grambling after he coaches his final game with McNeese on Saturday when the Cowboys face Jacksonville State in the second round of the FCS playoffs.
“It’s obvious that we’ve had a couple of truly difficult seasons, and that’s not something that Grambling State alums and supporters are used to, and we’re about to change that with Fobbs,” said Frank Pogue.
Fobbs coached at Northwestern State from 2002-07 before McNeese State. He briefly took a job at Southern Miss in 2012 as its wide receivers coach.
After a winless season at Southern Miss, Fobbs returned back to McNeese as the Cowboys’ tight ends coach.