Weaverville – Coach Chuck Robinson of North Buncombe High School was chosen this month as the 2020-2021 Western Mountain Athletic Conference (WMAC) Basketball Coaches of the Year.
In his fourth year with the Blackhawks boys basketball team, Coach Robinson has a long history with Buncombe County Schools. A 1983 graduate of North Buncombe High, his first coaching assignment was with a middle school seventh and eighth-grade girls basketball team in the 80s. He later coached basketball and tennis for nine years at Charles D. Owen High School and tennis for six years at North Buncombe Middle School. Along the way, he served as a bus driver, custodian, and substitute teacher.
Coach Robinson was humbled to be chosen by his peers to represent the WMAC as the boys basketball Coach of the Year during a challenging year in athletics due to the pandemic.
“Every coach has struggled this year, trying to make the best season they could for their kids, coaching staff, and families,” he said. “But, you know, it was well worth it, especially for my senior class. We didn’t think we would have a season, but we were able to get our 14 games in.”
This year, the Blackhawks tied for second in the WMAC with A.C. Reynolds High and made it to the first round of the state playoffs.
Robinson currently works as a quality assurance training manager for Buncombe County’s 9-1-1 Emergency Services Dept., where he has served for 24 years. Whether he’s at work or on the court, it’s all about making an impact on the community.
“I love giving back to my community,” he said. “That’s the most important thing.”
Editor’s note: Rickert is a communication staff member with BCS Communications Dept.