LOUISVILLE, Ky. - On Wed., Sept. 18, just outside of East Lansing, Mich., Michigan State assistant coach Charles Fobbs was tragically killed in a one-car automobile accident at the age of 47.
Everyone here on staff at the NFCA wishes to send our most heartfelt condolences to his family and those associated with the Spartan softball program during this difficult time.
Funeral arrangements have been scheduled as follows: Viewing from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, September 23, at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, located at 280 S. Main Street in Plymouth, MI; viewing from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, September 24, with the service to follow at City Temple, 8816 Grand River Avenue in Detroit, MI; procession will follow to the cemetery.
A second-year assistant on the staff of Michigan State head coach Jacquie Joseph, Fobbs had previously served as a volunteer assistant at MSU during the 2009 campaign.
"I'm absolutely devastated by the loss of my very good friend and a wonderful human being," said Joseph. "We have lost someone incredibly special - he dedicated his life to helping develop young people, and this is a tremendous loss. My heart is with his family and all those who had the privilege of knowing him."
According to the Associated Press via the Michigan State Police, Fobbs swerved to avoid slowing traffic on Interstate 96 causing him to lose control and rollover.
Prior to returning to MSU last fall, Fobbs served as the lead pitching instructor at Total Sports in Wixom, Mich., from 2009-12, developing elite pitchers in weekly one-on-one lessons and pitching clinics.
Fobbs was the varsity softball coach at Detroit Cass Technical High School from 1991-2008, where he compiled an overall record of 288-43. He led his team to five Detroit Public School League Championships, 12 district titles, one regional championship, and an appearance in the state quarterfinals. He was named District Coach of the Year five consecutive years (2004-2008) and Regional Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008. He played influential roles in helping develop more than 50 athletes who received college scholarships to play softball, which includes eight current Division I players and four Division II players. In addition, Fobbs was selected as the head coach of the annual Michigan All-Star Game in 2008.
At Cass Tech, Fobbs also served as the associate head football coach, serving as the offensive coordinator from 1994-2000 and the defensive coordinator from 2000-2008. He mentored 28 Division I football players during his tenure, including three current NFL players.
Fobbs compiled more than 15 years of club coaching experience, including three 18-under state championships and nationals appearances in 2005, 2007 and 2008.
He was the founder and CEO of the Detroit Cannon Youth Organization, a non-profit organization committed to filling the gaps for urban youth to develop into tomorrow's leaders. After founding the program in 1994, he oversaw program implementation, coordinating the summer youth developmental league, and travel team development. He took the Cannons Travel Team to the RBI World Series Final Four in 2004.
Fobbs received a bachelor's of science degree in business technology from the University of New Mexico in 1989. He is survived by his wife Lisa and stepdaughter Hannah Shuler.
**includes information from the Associated Press and a Michigan State Athletic Communications release