Dave Robbins Selected for North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame

By Jim Junot, Sports Information Director, Virginia Union,


The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame is honored to announce that former Virginia Union University Men’s Basketball Coach Dave Robbins is among its 2022 induction class. Robbins will be inducted into the Hall of Fame with Luke Appling, Missouri Arledge, Ronnie Barnes, Henry Bibby, Dan Brooks, Torry Holt, Sam Mills, Timmy Newsome, and Tom Suiter.

“Any Hall of Fame is important, but since it’s the state that I grew up in and from my hometown, I’m sure people questioned why I was never a member (before now)” said Robbins. “But it’s very pleasing to be recognized.”

The members will be enshrined during the 58th annual induction banquet on the evening of Friday, April 22, at the Raleigh Convention Center. A news conference will occur earlier in the day at noon at the North Carolina Museum of History.

In addition to the 2022 inductees, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues also will officially join the NCSHOF. He was elected previously but could not attend the 2021 banquet, so he will be formally inducted with the 2022 class.

“This year’s class includes a wide variety of athletic achievement, including professional, collegiate, high school, Olympic sports, and media, with some special contributions,” said Dr. Jerry McGee, president of the Hall’s Board of Directors. “This class of inductees and their outstanding accomplishments continue to build on the rich sports heritage of North Carolina. We look forward to celebrating these outstanding individuals in our state’s sports history.”

The NC Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1963. A permanent gallery, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame is located on the third floor of the NC Museum of History in Raleigh and features significant objects and memorabilia donated by inductees. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Robbins grew up in Gastonia, N.C., where he was an excellent athlete at Ashley High, and later went on to a tremendous career as a men’s basketball coach. He is best known for leading NCAA Division II power Virginia Union University to 713 victories and three NCAA national championships, as well as 14 CIAA titles. His winning percentage at Virginia Union is an excellent .786 in 30 years. Robbins is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, and the CIAA Hall of Fame.

More information for the banquet will be available at www.ncshof.org.

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