A veteran of 43 seasons as head coach of the Faulkner State Community College basketball fortunes, Jack Robertson has guided the Sun Chiefs to 855 wins and 449 losses. Robertson ranks top among all-time coaching wins in the state of Alabama and 2nd among active coaches and 7th among the all-time coaches in the National Junior College Athletic Association. His teams have won 3 state championships and been runner up three times, won 14 Southern Division championships and participated in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament 3 times.
Robertson’s best season was the 1991 team which won a state record of 32 games. The Sun Chiefs won the state championship and then finished sixth in the nation at the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Coach Robertson is a graduate of Baldwin County High School and Marion Military Institute. He completed his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama and his master’s degree from Troy State University. His first coaching job was at Robertsdale High School before moving to Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida. He also serves as athletic director.
Many players have gone on to the next level after participating in the Faulkner program and been very successful in the business world. Pete Myers, who played for the Chicago Bulls is now an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. Bart Rison is a retired head basketball coach in Kentucky. Leonard White has played in the CBA league. White is the all-time leading scorer at Faulkner State. Scott Bracco is head basketball coach in Atlanta, GA, and his team from Dunwoody High School won the 2005 and 2006 State Championship, just to mention a few.
He was inducted into the Baldwin County High School Hall of Fame in 1997, the NJCAA Region 22 Hall of Fame in 1997, and the NJCAA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame the summer of 2010 in Las Vegas, NV.
Robertson’s wife of 44 years, Patsy, is a faithful follower of Faulkner State basketball. She has now retired and was a curriculum specialist and counselor for the Upward Bound program at Faulkner State. They have 3 children: Robby, Melanee, and Renee. Robby is head men’s basketball coach at Fairhope High School. He is married to the former Celeste Bagwell and they have three children, Jackson, age nine, Cohen, age seven, and Lila Gray, age two. Celeste is Director of Student Activities and Cheerleader Coach. Melanee graduated from the University of Alabama and received a Master’s Degree in accounting from the University of South Alabama, and is now Senior Accountant at Global Tel Link in Mobile. Melanee is married to Brian Groom. Brian is a former baseball player at Faulkner State and University of South Alabama. They have a one old daughter, Annie. Renee is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and now teaches 2nd grade at Bay Minette Elementary School. She is married to Lucas Hall. Lucas is Vice President of Sales Operations at Standard Furniture. They have two children, Ally, age seven, and Lucas, age five.
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