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Former MU assistant Grobe to coach in new AFA league

October 11, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Former Marshall University assistant football coach and Huntington native Jim Grobe was named as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach of the San Antonio Commanders of the new American Football Alliance on Tuesday.

Grobe, who played at Huntington High School and the University of Virginia, was an assistant to Sonny Randle with the Thundering Herd from 1979 through 1983.

He also was an assistant at Air Force before becoming head coach at Ohio University, Wake Forest and Baylor.

The Commanders’ head coach is Mike Riley, former head coach at Oregon State and Nebraska. The AFA is scheduled to begin play in February, one week after the Super Bowl.

The league features teams in Tempe, Arizona; Atlanta; Birmingham; Alabama; Memphis; Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; and San Diego.

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