Just last year Robbins was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame, in 2005 to the Murray State College Athletics Hall of Fame and in 1999 to the National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame.
“This will be the last one. I’m sure,” said Robbins.
A graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Robbins has coached 41 years, 37 as a head coach spanning six decades in high school and several college divisions. He began his career at his old high school, Tuskahoma, where he won a regional title before moving on to Wilburton and Madill. His first stint in college came as an assistant at Northwestern State University in Louisiana before he was a head coach at Murray State, where he coached from 1962-68 winning state and regional titles.
Robbins then was an assistant at Kansas State during the Big Eight Championship season of 1970, and the next year at Louisiana Tech as an assistant for the Gulf States Champions. He was a head coach at North Texas (1971-1975) and Southwestern Oklahoma (1975-76) before taking a hiatus. Robbins’ longest tenure was 10 years at Greenville High School in Texas before returning to Bryan County to coach the Colbert Leopards from ’97-2002. Robbins won an area championship with the Leopards, and in 2002 took his last job coaching the Durant Lions, where he stayed for three years until retirement.
Robbins has a record of 685 wins and 362 losses as a head coach. The most recent Hall of Fame honors both college and high school coaches in Oklahoma, and Robbins has had great success in both.
“Its altogether a combination of college and high school, but I’d say probably more high school. The association is ran by high school people,” said Robbins. “I was nominated by Alan Simpson of Byng. This was last fall some time. They just voted within the last week or so.”
The event begins 6 p.m. Friday with a social, followed by the Banquet and induction.