Friday, February 21, 2020






Richard Robertson among 12 Leaders in High School Activity Programs to Receive NFHS Citations

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Richard Robertson, who retired as Andalusia High School boys’ basketball coach, is among 12 leaders in high school activity programs across the country that have been selected to receive National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Citations.

An award designed to honor individuals who have made contributions to the NFHS, state high school associations, athletic director and coaching professions, the officiating avocation and fine arts/performing arts programs, the NFHS Citation is one of the most highly regarded achievements in high school athletics and performing arts.

The 2016 NFHS Citation recipients will receive their awards July 1 at the 97th annual NFHS Summer Meeting in Reno, Nevada.  
     Robertson is receiving the NFHS 2016 Coach Citation Award. Other special citation recipients include: Mississippi’s  Harold Cooper, NFHS Officials’ Citation recipient; Jay Dunnahoo, Music Citation recipient, executive secretary of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association; and Pam McComas, Speech/Debate/Theatre Citation recipient, retired director of forensics, Topeka (Kansas) High School.

Eight of the 12 award winners represent NFHS-member state high school associations. The other four Citation recipients represent NFHS professional organizations for officials, coaches, music leaders and speech/debate/theatre directors.

The eight state association recipients are Nina Van Erk, retired executive director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association; Butch Cope, associate commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association; Gene Menees, assistant executive director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association; Gina Mazzolini, assistant director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association; Kevin Merkle, associate director of the Minnesota State High School League; Peter Contreras, retired assistant athletic director at the Texas University Interscholastic League; Marc Ratner, Southern Nevada commissioner of officials for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association; and Brad Garrett, assistant executive director of the Oregon School Activities Association.

      Robertson retired as the boys basketball coach at Andalusia (Alabama) High School following the 2014-15 season after 40 years at the school and 50 years in interscholastic athletics. Dating to his days as a high school athlete at Ralph Bunche High School in Andalusia, Robertson’s association with his hometown extends to 57 years.

                During his remarkable career, Robertson compiled a 749-357 win-loss record to rank sixth in victories in state history. Among his coaching achievements, Robertson’s 2010-11 team registered a 31-3 record, and his 1996 squad won the Alabama High School Athletic Association state championship.

                Despite these outstanding accomplishments, his “victories” off the court were even more impressive. “Coach Rob” as he was affectionately known was a tremendous leader who was a second father to many of his players and an only father to other boys during his coaching days. Among the many individuals who played for Robertson was Robert Horry, who was a part of six NBA championship teams during his professional career.

                Robertson played a key role in helping Alabama move through the difficult time of integration as the AHSAA merged with the Alabama Interscholastic Athletic Association in 1968-69. Through the years, Robertson became a mentor to hundreds of coaches as he remained in his hometown of Andalusia throughout his career.

                Robertson was a member of the AHSAA Central Board of Control for many years, including a term as president, and he was granted Central Board Emeritus status in October 2015. In 1996, Robertson was inducted into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame, and, in 2012, he received one of the AHSAA’s highest honors, the “Making a Difference Award.”

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