By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Broadway Accepts Head Coach Job At Grambling State
GRAMBLING, La. — Rod Broadway, the head football coach at North Carolina Central University for the past four seasons, has accepted the job as head football coach at Grambling State University.
In his four seasons at the helm of the NCCU football program, Broadway posted an overall record of 33-11, including 30 victories in the past 35 games, and leaves with the best winning percentage (.750) among the Eagles’ all-time gridiron coaches.
“My decision to accept the head coaching job at Grambling State University has nothing to do with North Carolina Central University,” Broadway said.
“It is a personal decision that has everything to do with me starting my life again. I lost my wife (Dianne Bynum Broadway) a few years ago, and it has been very difficult for me personally”.
“I am surrounded by constant reminders of her loss – passing by the restaurant we used to visit and staying in the house we once shared. I need a change for me”.
“I really enjoyed North Carolina Central University – from the Chancellor (James H. Ammons) on down,” Broadway added. “I have met a lot of great people here and everyone has been very supportive of this football program”.
“I want to give special thanks to the Quarterback Club, the Eagle Club and the $1,000 Eagles. They all provided a tremendous boost to the football program. Whenever we needed something, they were there to help”.
“I also want to thank Bill Hayes (Director of Athletics) for his support and his willingness to share his incredible knowledge and experience. There are a lot of people who deserve a lot of credit for getting this football program to where it is today.”
“As far as the team… what can I say? I have said every week how good of a job this coaching staff has done. These guys have been marvelous at teaching and coaching these young men,” Broadway said.
“And my hat’s off to the student-athletes. It has been a real pleasure working with these kids and being a small part of their lives. I wish them the best in everything they do.”
NCCU Director of Athletics Bill Hayes said he is grateful for the contributions Broadway has made to NCCU and the Athletics Department.
“I thank Rod Broadway for his leadership and for the success the Eagles football program achieved during his tenure at NCCU,” Hayes said. “We wish him continued success in the future.”
BROADWAY AT NCCU
In 2006, Broadway led the Eagles to their second consecutive Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football Championship with a perfect 11-0 record.
NCCU finished as the No. 4 ranked team in the NCAA Division II (American Football Coaches Association) and was later declared the 2006 Sheridan Broadcasting Network Black College Football National Champions, the school’s first such title in the 33 years SBN Sports Network has conducted the poll.
Along the way, the Eagles defeated two other teams ranked in the SBN Top 10 (Elizabeth City State University, Albany State University) and collected the school’s first-ever gridiron victory over a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) opponent with a convincing road victory over Division I-AA power Southern University.
NCCU earned a No. 1 ranking in the final NCAA Division II Southeast Region poll and ended its historic season in the second round of the NCAA playoffs.
The Eagles also became the highest scoring team in school history, topping last season’s record-breaking performance with 371 points for an average of 30.9 points per game.
Broadway earned his second consecutive honor as the CIAA Coach of the Year by The Pigskin Club of Washington, DC, Inc., and was also selected as the “SBN Sports Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year” by the American Urban Radio Networks.
In 2005, Broadway guided his team to the school’s first 10-win season, finishing with an overall record of 10-2. It was also the first time in the school’s proud gridiron tradition that the Eagles posted back-to-back seasons with eight or more victories (8-2 in 2004).
Along the way, NCCU captured the 2005 CIAA Championship, its first in 25 years, by rallying from a 17-0 halftime deficit to defeat Bowie State in the title game.
The Eagles earned a No. 2 ranking in the final Southeast Regional poll, the highest in school history, and a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II Playoffs, their first postseason appearance since 1988.
The Eagles also made history by becoming the highest scoring team in the school’s record books, tallying 370 points for an average of 30.8 points per game. Broadway was recognized as the CIAA Coach of the Year by The Pigskin Club of Washington, DC, Inc.
The 2004 Eagles registered an 8-2 overall record to become just the sixth team in school history to win eight games in a season. During the team’s historic campaign, Broadway was voted as the CIAA Coach of the Week four times in 10 weeks. The Eagles finished the season as the top-ranked offense in the CIAA and the No. 8 defense in the NCAA Division II.