It’s one thing to get pushed out the door because you’re not garnering success that your responsibility entails. It’s another thing to win it all and ride out in the sunset. The aforementioned sentence defines the situation that Celebration Bowl championship winning North Carolina A&T Coach Rod Broadway finds himself in, as he announced his retirement today. The retirement comes as a shock, as his NCAT Aggies just pulled off the historic feat of having an unbeaten season and securing the Celebration Bowl championship after beating Grambling State University 21-14. Coach Broadway is literally resigning as a champion!
NCAT Athletic Director Earl M. Hilton III spoke on his resignation, saying, “”While we are losing one of the greatest coaches of all time, I love that he gets to go out on his own terms, a luxury not afforded to most coaches. He took our football program from being the laughingstock of the [FCS] to being the envy of black college football and one of the premier programs on the FCS level. He did it with class and intelligence.”
IN his 39-year career Coach Broadway cemented his place amongst the legendary coaches in collegiate sports history. Broadway was 125-45 overall for his career, going 57-22 with the Aggies , He also won three national championships at North Carolina Central University and Grambling State University (four overall) and made history as the Aggies were the first school in MEAC history to ever go undefeated.
Due to his retirement, assistant Coach Sam Washington has been promoted as head coach. Broadway will serve as a special assistant to AD Hilton for six months. We wish Coach Broadway the best in his retirement and applaud him for all his success in the HBCU Sports Arena.
- “North Carolina A&T’s Rod Broadway retiring after unbeaten season.” ESPN, ESPN Internet Ventures, 8 Jan. 2018, www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/22006220/north-carolina-aggies-head-coach-rod-broadway-retiring-unbeaten-season.