GSU, Fobbs tabs California JC coach as new Tigers’ OC

Staff writer

A struggling Grambling offense is getting a West Coast makeover.

Tigers football coach Broderick Fobbs has named Eric Marty as his new offensive strategist. The hire was announced Tuesday night by GSU, with Marty taking the post of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the G-Men after five years (four seasons) as the head coach at California’s Reedley College, a junior college in Fresno.

The Reedley program had only nine players when Marty was hired, but made a dynamic turnaround that Fobbs hopes can be mirrored. After a 1-9 debut and a 4-6 second season, Marty’s last two teams went 10-1.

While posting an overall 27-17 record, in the last two seasons, Marty’s offense averaged 43 points a game.

“His track record of preparing players and his success speaks for itself,” said Fobbs. “His energy and tireless effort in recruiting will be an asset to our offensive staff.”

A native of Washington state, Marty was also a head coach in 2015 at East Los Angeles Community College and previously an assistant at Division II Panhandle State in Oklahoma. He was a record-breaking passer at Chapman College and played pro football in Europe.

Grambling was 0-4 and offensively ineffective in the spring 2021 season, and in a pair of 6-5 seasons in 2018-19 had not fielded the sort of explosive attacks that the Tigers displayed in the three previous campaigns, all Southwestern Athletic Conference championship seasons.

Marty’s hiring fills the first of at least three offensive staff vacancies.

SOFTBALL: At Prairie View, Grambling split a Tuesday afternoon SWAC doubleheader, taking the opener 6-3 but falling 6-5 in the nightcap. The teams play the final game at noon today.

Prairie View’s sports information staff failed to provide any other data. The Lady Tigers are 11-16 overall, 8-8 in the SWAC while the Lady Panthers are 14-13/11-5 entering the final regular-season game today. The conference tournament is next week.

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