Former Reb Cat Robbins to be Inducted into Northwest C.C. Hall of Fame

April 23, 2002

Six individuals will be inducted into Northwest Mississippi Community College's Sports Hall of Fame when the ceremony is held May 21 at 6:30 at the DeSoto Civic Center. Guest speaker Archie Manning will be introduced at the event by his famous former coach Johnny Vaught.

Inductees include James Randy Cook of Oakland, Mike McClenton of Tallahassee, Fla., Rhonda "KK" Mikes of Chattanooga, Tenn., Kenneth "Cat" Robbins of Ingomar (posthumously), Gerald Perry of Lithonia, Ga., and Thomas Poff, Jr. of Olive Branch.

A former basketball standout at The University of Mississippi, Robbins was selected All-Southeastern Conference after the 1951-52 season. He led the Rebels in scoring as a junior, averaging 11.3 points, and was named team captain as a senior. He served as an assistant coach at Ole Miss for seven seasons.

Robbins coached at Northwest for 18 seasons from 1975 through 1993 and posted a record of 243-166. He compiled an overall record of 1,236-383 in 40 years for a winning percentage of 76.6. Northwest honored Robbins in 1979 for achieving 1,000 wins during his coaching career.

Robbins led the Rangers to three MACJC north division championships, three MACJC state championships, and one Region VII championship. His teams finished runners-up in the north division crown on five occasions, and were state runners-up three times. He earned honors including Region VII Coach of the Year, Mississippi Junior College Coach of the Year, and Babe McCarthy Tipoff Club Junior College Coach of the Year. Robbins was honored by a Senate resolution in 1980 for leading the Mississippi Junior College All-star team.

Manning attended the University of Mississippi where he was named an All-American quarterback and is the only Ole Miss player to have his football number (18) retired. He was voted Mississippi's All-Time Athlete in 1992, and recently named Mississippi's Most Popular Athlete of the Century. He and his son Peyton were named among the 100 All-Time Greatest College Football Players.

Recently selected as one of 10 outstanding New Orleanians by Family Service of Greater New Orleans, Manning was also named Hornblower of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America (New Orleans chapter). He currently serves in public relations and consulting capacities for several local, regional and national companies.

"The Sports Hall of Fame is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the outstanding athletes who have represented Northwest in the past, and those who have played or coached realize you don't just put on a uniform and go out there Tickets for the Northwest Sports Hall of Fame Banquet are $20. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, May 15. To reserve a spot, call Dolores Wooten, Manager of Alumni Affairs, at (662) 560-1105. Tickets may also be purchased at DeSoto Center-Southaven (342-1570), Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center in Oxford (238-7952), or from county Alumni Association representatives.

 

 

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