New Central State football head coach Bobby Rome, II (Video Still: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
VUL Head Coach Bobby Rome II is on the move, headed to Central State
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
For the last two seasons, Granby grad Bobby Rome, II was the turnaround artist at Virginia University – Lynchburg.
Rome will now work his magic as the head coach football of Central State University, a Division II program in Ohio.
Non-scholarship VUL was on a 44-game losing streak when Rome took over. He took on the role of head football coach, athletic director and executive board member. Rome won football games, reorganized the athletics programs at VUL and he scheduled seven games against Division I schools in 2019 which resulted in a financial windfall for the institution.
Central State football has a win-loss record of 10-30 over the previous four seasons. CSU Athletic Director Tara A. Owens spoke about her hire on Monday morning.
“During our national search, we received an influx of interest from qualified candidates. After great analysis and thought, we believe Bobby Rome is the right person to lead and develop our student-athletes,” Owens said. “Coach Rome has an intense passion for the sport and an unmatched drive to succeed. Under his guidance, we believe our student-athletes will flourish on the field and in the classroom.”
Rome is a 757 born and bred athlete and coach. He has six years of head coaching experience including a one-year stint at the head of UNC’s club football program in 2012. From 2013 to 2016, he served as the head coach at Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia. Now he moves to Ohio, which has much kinder winters than the west coast of Russia.
“I am honored to be selected to lead the football program at Central State University. CSU has tremendous history and provides a great opportunity for student-athletes to develop and achieve their aspirations,” Rome says. “Our staff is going to do everything we can to prepare our students to become successful individuals on and off the field. Our goal is to produce young men that the CSU community can be proud of.”
Coach Rome’s playing experience includes Granby High, a college career at UNC from 2006 to 2009, and a few years as a professional athlete. Rome spent time in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. After his stint in the NFL, Rome was offered a playing opportunity from the Moscow Patriots in Russia, where he was the team’s star import and lone American player.
– Andy Hilton
Central State University competes as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on the Division II level. The university currently fields teams in ten sports: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and women’s volleyball. Men’s volleyball will be added beginning in the Spring of 2021. Central State is currently affiliated with the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.