Having played for and worked under Jim Grobe, Troy Calhoun joined the head coach in the move to Wake Forest last winter and enters his second fall with the Demon Deacons.
Calhoun serves as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Calhoun・s first offense with the Deacons was a very productive one. Utilizing a one-back, no-huddle offense, the 2001 Deacs were among the ACC leaders in a number of categories. They were also second in school history for total offense (390 yards per game) and in rushing (221 yards per game). Wake Forest was one of only seven teams in the country to score more than 30 points in each of their final four games of the season.
The move to Winston-Salem was not the first move Calhoun and Grobe have taken together. When Grobe, a former assistant at the Air Force Academy, accepted his first head coaching position at Ohio University in 1994, Calhoun, who was also at the Academy, followed him to Athens to serve as the Bobcats' quarterbacks coach. Following the 1996 season, Calhoun was promoted to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.
Calhoun was a part of one of the nation・s biggest turnarounds at Ohio. The Bobcats had won only 17 games in 10 seasons, including an 0-11 record in 1997. But rather quickly, Calhoun and the rest of the staff built a strong program that had a winning conference record the last five seasons they were at Ohio. There were also significant milestones to include the school・s only win over an ACC opponent (Maryland, in 1997), the school・s first win in 27 years over a Big Ten opponent (Minnesota, in 2000), and for the first time in school history, the Bobcats defeated two bowl teams (Minnesota and Marshall, in 2000).
In 2000, the Bobcats averaged 31 points, over 323.0 yards on the ground per game, and were listed 25th in the country in total offense (418.1 yards per game).
In 1996, Calhoun guided the career of Ohio's sophomore quarterback Kareem Wilson, who earned MAC Offensive Player of the Year honors after rushing for 1,072 yards. Wilson finished his career as the NCAA's all-time leading touchdown scorer at the quarterback position and the second-leading quarterback rusher in NCAA Division I-A history. Calhoun also coached quarterback Dontrell Jackson, who, in 1999, was the nation's only Division I-A true freshman quarterback to start 11 games. Jackson was the runner-up in the MAC Freshman of the Year balloting at the conclusion of the season.
Calhoun, an active duty officer in the United States Air Force from 1989-95, entered the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant in 1989. He returned to his alma mater to work as the recruiting coordinator and junior varsity offensive coordinator from 1993-94.
Calhoun was a starting quarterback for the 1986 Falcons and was one of only two freshmen who lettered on the 1985 Academy team that finished 12-1 and ranked fifth in the country. Calhoun was named as Western Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete award winner while at Air Force.
He graduated from the Academy with a bachelor・s degree and finished as a member of both the Dean・s and Commendant・s Lists for Academic and Military excellence. He also earned his master・s degree in business administration from Oklahoma City University in 1992.
Calhoun is married to the former Amanda Davis. The couple has one child, Nathan Tyler, born Oct. 26, 2001.