December 10, 2013

GSU Football Coach has Deep Football, GSU, Family Roots

Broderick Fobbs of Monroe’s Carroll High has lots of Monroe family support

Grambling State University Media Bureau

GRAMBLING, La. – During her tenure at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Kimbia Jones met Broderick Fobbs in the fall semester of 1999.

“We met when he was working as a graduate assistant under coach Jerry Baldwin at UL Lafayette,” said the woman who later became Kimbia Fobbs in 2005, after marrying Broderick Fobbs, Grambling State University’s new head football coach.

After receiving a degree in early elementary education at ULL, Kim Fobbs fell in love with education and teaching – a career about which she is passionate.  A teacher at Lake Charles Charter Academy, she is in no rush to move to northern Louisiana until either May or June.

“I teach first grade,” said Kim Fobbs. “I want to honor my commitment and finish out the school year and let the girls finish the remainder of their school year.”

The couple has two daughters, Kyndal, five, and Rylee, two. She said they both keep her busy. In spring 2015, after her husband’s first season as head coach and after she ensures a smooth transition for the girls, she plans to continue her teaching career. 

A strong tradition and knowledge of football was instilled in her husband, and Broderick Fobbs was reared in a big Gramblinite household. He is the son of two Grambling State graduates, and some Monroe relatives went to GSU, too. During a Monday news conference, Broderick Fobbs gave thanks to his father and mentor, Lee Fobbs, who has his own strong coaching resume built at several football powerhouse programs.

“I knew he was ready and had been planning for it,” said Lee Fobbs, a Monroe native. “To see him standing up here today and speaking before this group of people is just unbelievable.”

Explaining how he raised Broderick and his brother Jamaal, Lee Fobbs said his relationship with them is more than just a normal “father and son” relationship.  He formed a father/best friend bond with his boys. When his boys were young, the proud father said he was “a walking baby sitter,” involving them with everything he did.

“People would say ‘Every time I see you, your boys are always with you.’ I would say, ‘Is that a problem because they are a part of me; whatever I do they are involved in it, too.’” 

Pastor of New Living Word Ministries in Ruston, Baldwin has been a close family friend for years. He described Broderick Fobbs as a “tremendous young man” with “the will to win.” Baldwin said football is not Broderick Fobbs’ only strength.

“He is great at that,” said Baldwin, “but his care and his concern for young people” and the character he has and shows daily is a great example for the football players.

Proud family members supporting Broderick Fobbs Monday included a GSU history lecturer and second cousin to the new football coach, Chresancio Jackson. He has followed his cousin’s football career since he was at Grambling. Both grew up together and went to Carroll High School in Monroe.

Jackson said he knew his cousin’s lifelong dream to coach at GSU was coming at some point. “He has wanted to become the coach at Grambling ever since he has graduated in 1997, and I just knew it was coming one day,” said Jackson with a smile. “But I didn’t know it was this soon…”

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