RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Dave Robbins, the legendary men's basketball coach at Virginia Union University for 30 years, has been named for induction in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
Robbins will be inducted on Sunday, November 18, at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City.
As the first white coach in the history of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), which consists of historically black colleges and universities, Robbins' ascension to collegiate coaching in 1978 drew considerable criticism. He guided the Panthers to their first NCAA Division II championship in 1980 and followed that up with two more – in 1992 and 2005. Robbins' teams had a remarkable won-lost record of 713-194, for a winning percentage of .786 over his 30 seasons.
Robbins will be inducted along with former University of Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall, as well as players Patrick Ewing of Georgetown, Earl Monroe of Winston-Salem State, Clyde Lovellette of Kansas, Phil Ford of North Carolina, Kenny Sailors of Wyoming and Willis Reed of Grambling.
The Class of 2012 will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday, November 18, 2012, at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball. The hall of fame is located in the College Basketball Experience, a world-class entertainment facility that provides a multi-faceted interactive experience for fans of the game. On November 19-20, Kansas, Saint Louis, Texas A&M and Washington State will compete at Sprint Center in the CBE Classic.