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One of a kind: Powell Valley's Robbins likely to remain unmatched

January 22nd, 2011 10:38 pm by George Thwaites

One of a kind: Powell Valley's Robbins likely to remain unmatched

Longtime Powell Valley football coach Phil Robbins walks the sideline at Bullitt Park in Big Stone Gap, Va., during the Vikings' loss to Honaker in the VHSL Division 2 playoffs this past November Robbins' last game as a coach. Photo by Kris Wilson.




BIG STONE GAP — Back in November, Powell Valley’s 19-13 loss to Honaker in the opening round of the Division 2 playoffs ended one of the most successful football coaching careers in the history of the Virginia High School League.


With a new year under way in the thick of winter, Phil Robbins has no second thoughts.


“The thing that bothers me is that I have people every day who say I’m not ready to give this up,” Robbins said.


“Too many people think they know me. They are absolutely wrong. I was at peace and I am at peace with my decision.”


Everyone seems to have an opinion about Robbins, a widely recognized, highly publicized and admittedly outspoken figure. Only only those who have worked with him or played under him, however, truly know him.


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