Phil Robbins was a three-year letterwinner in football as a student at Emory & Henry. He went on to a storied career as a high school football and track coach, for which he was inducted into the E&H Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
After graduating, Robbins attained a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. He worked at John Battle High School and Christiansburg High School before settling into a career as head football coach, track coach and athletic director at Powell Valley High School.
While at Powell Valley, Robbins led the football team to 10 regional championship titles and seven state titles. As head track coach, his teams won 11 regional and two state championships.
Robbins coached for over 30 years and amassed a career record of over 300 wins in football. He coached four players who would become collegiate First Team All-Americans. As a track coach he won the Walter Cormack Award for the development of an outstanding track program and he has won the Southwest Virginia Football Coach of the Year for his accomplishments as a football coach. Robbins has served as the president of the Virginia High School Coaches Association and was inducted into the Virginia High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.