Winningest coach in PVAMU WBB history dies at age 74

Story courtesy: Prairie View A&M Athletics

The Prairie View A&M Department of Athletics is deeply saddened by the passing of former long-time coach and administrator Robert Atkins, who passed away Tuesday. He was 74 years old.

Atkins was one of the longest-serving coaches in the history of Prairie View A&M Athletics, and by far the longest-serving head coach in the history of the PVAMU women’s basketball program, a role he held from 1984-2005. In 21 years on the sideline, Atkins became the school’s all-time leader in wins (141) and posted six seasons with double-digit victories.

The highlight of Atkins’ tenure was the 1999-2000 season when Prairie View A&M advanced to the SWAC tournament semi-finals for the first time in school history. His best season was 2000-01 when the Lady Panthers finished 13-15 overall, 10-8 in conference play.

Additionally, Atkins also worked on the football coaching staff dating back to the 1990s and following his days as women’s basketball coach he served in the school’s athletic department in an administrative role until his retirement in 2011.

Prior to Prairie View A&M, Atkins carved out an impressive career in the NFL, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals (1968-69) and Houston Oilers (1970-76). The Grambling State alum picked off 19 passes and was named to the Grambling State Legends Hall of Fame in 2017.

PVAMU Athletics offers prayers and its most sincere condolences to Atkins’ family, friends and loved ones.

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