Following his team's exciting 56-52 victory over Prophetstown in the 2015 IHSA Class 1A Girls Basketball Semifinals, Central A&M coach Tom Dooley intially shied away from talking about his team's triumph so he could first speak about the coach on the opposing bench, Prophetstown's Don Robinson.
"I don’t know that I have met a more classy coach," said Dooley of Robinson. "He is a class-act and I hope I can follow that example."
Robinson has earned that reputation during a 38-year career that includes over 700 victories. He will retire from teaching at the end of the 2014-15 school year and told the media onhand at Redbird Arena that he was unsure of his coaching plans at the high school level next year.
If it was Robinson's final game as a high school coach, it was fitting that it was the first season in his career that concluded with a victory, as the Prophets rolled to a 45-28 victory 24 hours later to win third-place.
After the third-place victory, his assembled players talked in the press conference about Robinson's impact on them as players and people: