VOTE: Who is the best LPD coach of al...

VOTE: Who is the best LPD coach of all time!?!?

There are 38 comments on the story from Jun 13, 2012, titled VOTE: Who is the best LPD coach of all time!?!?. In it, reports that:

We want to know what you think! Vote for the best coach and player off all time in the Lonesome Pine District! With the upcoming 2012-13 season the last for the LPD, we want to know who you, the readers, would choose as the greatest in the league's history! To vote online enter the coaches name and submit.

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Duffield, VA

#1 Jun 14, 2012
PHIL ROBBINS of course. Is there any question?

Brentwood, TN

#2 Jun 14, 2012
Are you kidding Phil??? Ridiculous!!!! He was a waste of space!
Wise County Resident

United States

#3 Jun 14, 2012
Jim Riggs

United States

#4 Jun 14, 2012
Put the facts on paper there's no question, its Robbins. Now there is a lot to be said about others but stats tell the tell
phil robbins

Paducah, KY

#5 Jun 14, 2012
Stats don't lie. Hate the man's attitude
Love to Coach

Natural Bridge, VA

#6 Jun 14, 2012
Coach Robbins. Produced some great players and teams, plus worked extremely hard off of the field. Always mowed, kept the field in top shape. Extremely knowledgable,very organized,raised money, his coaching jobs seemed to be a very high priority in his life. Still involved in athletics at UVa-Wise. One of the few "old school" coaches around. Some feel that he's too opinionated and outspoken I've seen this. But, give the man credit for the great impact that he's made in the LPD for the past many years. Heard that Coach Jim Rigg is seen as a legend and that he had a tremendously positive impact on his players/community and did a great deal for his program.
Tell Me More

Natural Bridge, VA

#7 Jun 14, 2012
To "What" in his above post.......A waste of space?? Please explain your rationale for this. Do you even know anything about Phil and the impact he made for the PVHS football program and entire PVHS athletic program??

Mount Juliet, TN

#8 Jun 14, 2012
Ralph Cummings without a doubt. Im sure most here dont remember him, but there is no better.
My Opinion

Roanoke, VA

#9 Jun 15, 2012
I would say Ralph Cummins and a close second is Tom Turner.
In the 50's, Clintwood was a basketball school.(Believe that?) Coach took over the coaching job, went to many football coaching clinics, like at Oklahoma a.k.a. wishbone U, and learned different offensive and defensive schemes. He started the program from scratch and built it into a Sw. Va power.
Imagine what Turner would have done down there if he had the talent Robbins had but then again, how could you argue that with the success he enjoyed with Appy..guts, heart, pride...and dirt..was what you got when you played Appy!
Robbins had a good record but ANYONE could have coached his teams and been successful with the teams he had. Powell Valley had already won a state title before Robbins got there. His attitude is horrible and I am glad I never played for him.
I like to hear what some old school reporters have to say
which sport

Nashville, TN

#10 Jun 15, 2012
If your talking about just overall, in any sport. Then you can't leave Coach Robin Dotson out. He has coached girls basketball for kelly/Central for years and won several (not sure how many) state titles. more than any other coach at any other sport I would bet.
doc boggs

Greenville, AL

#11 Jun 15, 2012

United States

#12 Jun 15, 2012
Barry Jones
My Observations

Natural Bridge, VA

#13 Jun 15, 2012
I agree with you, Doc Boggs. Coach Robbins had an outstanding W-L record AND worked very hard to build a program. Did have some outstanding talent, I agree with some others who have posted this. I consider, too, what a coach does off the field, as well, as on the field. Some coaches have great records and are equal in these terms, but an outstanding coach, when compared with a coach who has a comparable coaching record, I vote for the one who puts in the extra effort off of the field,anything from fundraising, to helping to upkeep the playing field, etc.I see and hear of head coaches who just put in the time with their players and expect others to do the "extra" work for them. The coaches, in turn, get the majority or all of the credit for having an outstanding team. This is just my opinion and observations.
da pound

Blacksburg, VA

#14 Jun 15, 2012
Bill Gilliam has had great success and is second to none in terms of past and present LPD coaches. I will admit he has never been a LPD head coach but he always gets the job done. He will be a head coach soon. Everybody knows the head coach always gets more credit than he or she deserves. He has been known to take his time and produce greatness. Good luck at Science Hill Coach Gilliam. I am sure they will win a state championship once he has shared his knowledge and given one of his famous pre game motivational speeches.
My Observations

Natural Bridge, VA

#15 Jun 16, 2012
Good post, da pound. Bill is a great guy and has worked hard at the JJK program. Has apparently,from what I've heard, worked hard "behind the scenes" and has put his time in to prepare him to be a great coach. Best wishes to him, too, at Science Hill.

Murfreesboro, TN

#16 Jun 16, 2012
Coach Robbins is a JOKE. Riggs & Turner all the way!!!!!!!! Those men had heart and knew talent.
Ask you for the truth

Roanoke, VA

#17 Jun 16, 2012
Heard that Riggs was a great role model to his players, students, Appy community. Was Mr. Turner? Whats you're opinion of this?
Politely Saying

Roanoke, VA

#18 Jun 16, 2012
APPY wrote:
Coach Robbins is a JOKE. Riggs & Turner all the way!!!!!!!! Those men had heart and knew talent.
Robbins had a great record,as well as Turner and Riggs. So Robbins did not have heart and didn't have talent, from what you are saying? Interesting......
Ol Dawg

United States

#19 Jun 26, 2012
Coach Turner! He cared about his players long after they graduated. He meant something to his players and I have a great respect for him.
Truth hurts sometimes

Norton, VA

#20 Jun 27, 2012
Its shocking how many jobs are being lost each week around here and this is what gets the attention. Man is SW V. in for a rude awakening real soon like

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