The Ralph C. Robinson Coach of the Year Award

Rod Broadway, the ninth head coach in Gramling State history, recently completed his second year at the helm of the storied football program.

Faced with high expectations entering the 2008 campaign following a second place finish in the Southwest Athletic Conference standings during the 2007 season, Broadway successfully guided Grambling back to the top of the SWAC as he led the Tigers to their 14th National Black College Championship and 22nd SWAC Championship in school history with a 11-2 overall record and an undefeated SWAC record. Last season's 11-2 mark marked only the fifth time in school history that a team has achieved the 11-win mark at Grambling. In addition, Broadway became only the third coach in school history to surpass the 50-win barrier at Grambling in addition to earning SWAC Coach of the Year Honors and The Pigskin Club of Washington D.C., Inc. honors on more than one occassion. As a team, Broadway also kept the Tigers among the nation's elite as they finished ranked No. 1 in the Sheridan Poll and No. 24 in the Sports Network Division I Championship Subdivision Poll

A native of Oakboro, N.C., the 29-year veteran of the coaching ranks wasted no time in putting his stamp on the NCCU program by posting three consecutive winning seasons of eight or more games after a 4-6 record in his inaugural campaign. During the 2006 season, Broadmay made history as he led the Eagles to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II's southeast region, a No. 1 ranking in the SBN Poll and back-to-back CIAA titles for the first time since the 1953-54 seasons. In addition, the Eagles also fielded the CIAA's top-ranked offense (345.1 ypg) along with the 15th ranked defense in NCAA Division II (250.7 ypg). Broadway's 2006 team also featured four players who earned SBN/All-American honors including the SBN's Offensive Player of the Year in freshman quaterback Stadford Brown, 12 All-CIAA selections, 10 Daktronics All-Southeast Region honorees and two Associated Press Little All-Americans.

He closed out his four-year career at NCCU with a decorated resume' that includes multiple honors by The Pigskin Club of Washington D.C., Inc, a 33-11 overall record, back-to-back CIAA titles, two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II Playoffs, a 16-game regular season winning streak and a 29-4 record over the past three seasons. In addition, Broadway also collected the school's first-ever victory over a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) opponent with a victory over Southern University in 2006.