Va. Union hoop coach to CIAA Hall of Fame

Legendary Virginia Union men’s basketball coach Dave Robbins is among eight people that have been selected for induction into the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association John McLendon Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies will take place Feb. 29 in Char

Robbins, who earned his 700th career coaching victory Jan. 13 aginst St. Paul’s, is currently in his 30th season as the head coach at Virginia Union, located in Richmond, Va. Since taking over as the Panther’s men’s coach in 1978, he has guided the team to 12 CIAA titles. He is only the fifth coach in Division II history to win more than 700 games.

Among the standout players who played for Robbins at Virginia Union are former Bull Charles Oakley and current Bull Ben Wallace. "It’s an honor to be recognized, but as far as 700 wins, it’s the same as the first win we ever had," said Robbins, whose first collegiate victory came in 1978 against Washington (Md.) College.

Also being inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame will be former Hampton and current Florida A&M head football coach Joe Taylor. Taylor led the Pirates to three consecutive conference championships when the school was in the CIAA. He also served as the head football coach at Virginia Union and Howard University. Among those also being inducted are the late Hampton women’s basketball coach Tiny Laster, former Winston-Salem State basketball star Richard Glover and former Morgan State football star Dr. Alvin Brown.

In other Black college sports news:

Anthony Evans has been named as the permanent men’s basketball coach at Norfolk State University. Evans has served so far season this as the Spartans’ interim head coach. Going into action this past weekend, Evans has guided Norfolk State to a 9-9 record. They are a half game behind Morgan State in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference race with a 5- 1-league mark.

“Coach Evans’ performance validates the confidence I had in his ability when I appointed him as interim head coach,” Norfolk State athletic director Marty Miller said. “He has been an excellent leader, teacher and recruiter and he has the knowledge and experience to take our men’s basketball program to a high level.”

“The players have done a great job learning the system and becoming closer as a team,” Evans said. “There is a lot of basketball left to be played this season, so they have to continue working hard. But I am happy with their progress to this point and with what the future holds.” (AP)

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