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Norman Lineburg

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Virginia High School Hall of Fames

Employment History

  • Lame-Duck Coach
  • School Board Chairperson
  • Athletic Director and Coach
  • Assistant
  • Head Coach
    William Byrd
  • Assistant Coach
    Andrew Lewis
  • Radford Coach
  • Head Coach
    Radford High School
  • Football Coach and Athletic Director
    Radford High School
  • Athletic Director
  • Coach


  • Shepherd College
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Other days, Norman Lineburg - ..., 24 Sept 2010 [cached]
Other days, Norman Lineburg - the man who both admire and respect as a father - would get those two brothers and many others into this car for a trip to Dairy Queen.
Just one of the many things Lineburg did for just about anyone he came in contact with.
A father figure to almost every player during his 36 years at Radford High School, it is probably hard to find two former players more appreciative of the guidance of Lineburg than Kevin and Matthew Saunders, who meet on opposite sidelines for the second time as coaches at 7:30 p.m. tonight as Gretna visits Radford.
It was during this time that Kevin continued his football career under Lineburg and Matthew developed a rapport with the entire Lineburg family that helped him more during the trying times.
Lineburg, a member of both the National High School Athletic Coaches Association and the Virginia High School Hall of Fames, coached in a state-record 484 games and won 315 - second most in state history. He led Radford to two state football championships.
"My wife and I both received a lot more good things from them than I'm sure we gave back. We were very fortunate to be a part of their family," Lineburg said of the Saunders family.
That's difficult and I know they probably don't want to do it," Lineburg said.
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Radford football coach Lineburg to retire after season -, 31 July 2006 [cached]
Norman Lineburg leads practice at Radford High School on July 31.
Norman Lineburg will coach one more season of high school football bringing to a close a career that began at Andrew Lewis in 1959.
Norman Lineburg began his high school football head coaching career when John F. Kennedy was in the White House, the Beatles had not yet crossed the Atlantic and you could buy a used Rambler station wagon in Roanoke for $100.
Lineburg, 70, who has spent the past 36 years as the head coach at Radford High School and has coached a Virginia High School League-record 474 games, said Monday that he will retire at the end of the 2006 season.
Radford opened practice Monday under Lineburg, who began his career as an assistant coach at Andrew Lewis in 1959 and first became a head coach at William Byrd in 1962.
Lineburg started the varsity program in 1965 at Fieldale-Collinsville - a school which no longer exists - and came to Radford in 1970.
"I was just thinking the other day that when I was first at Andrew Lewis, Eisenhower was President," Lineburg said."I think I've been through 10 of them in my time."
Longevity has not been Lineburg's lone hallmark.The Winchester native ranks No. 2 on the state's career victory list with 310 wins, and he led Radford to back-to-back Group AA championships in 1971-72.
Moreover, Lineburg has been known for exhibiting sportsmanship and dignity among his peers and was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame earlier this summer in Branson, Mo.
Lineburg was inducted into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame in 1996.He coached Radford to two outdoor state championships and one indoor state title in track and field.He served as the Bobcats' athletic director through the 2002-03 season.
Two years ago Radford honored Lineburg by naming the playing surface at Bobcat Stadium "Norman G. Lineburg Field."
Lineburg said he decided this summer that 45 years as a head coach - 48 overall - were enough.
"I think I've been a little bit selfish by hanging on so long," Lineburg said."I think they need to have someone there at the school more.I'm there a bunch, but I don't walk the halls like I used to."
Lineburg said his health is good.Monday, he was moving in 90-degree heat and motivating teenagers on the first day of practice.
"My father worked until he was 80, then he took care of my mother another seven years," he said.
Norman Lineburg is Timesland's second lame-duck coach in 2006.Martinsville's Taylor Edwards announced that this would be his final season earlier this summer.
"I thought about waiting until the season was over," Lineburg said."I thought this would be better for the school.By doing it early they can take a complete look at the direction they want to go."
Lineburg began his coaching career in the fall of 1959 several months after graduating from Shepherd (W.Va.) College, when he was the line coach for the Wolverines under Hal Johnston.
Lineburg spent two more seasons at Lewis under Eddie Joyce, then became the coach at Byrd in 1962, posting a 14-15-1 overall record.
Since coming to Radford, Lineburg has won 278 games, lost 113 and tied 6.
His career record is 310-155-9.
Lineburg has outlasted contemporaries such as Pulaski County's Joel Hicks, Salem's Willis White and Northside's Jim Hickam.
"The friendships within the coaching fraternity are just like family," Lineburg said.
A young graduate student who assisted Lineburg in the early 1970s at Radford was Frank Beamer, now the head coach at Virginia Tech.
"I've just been so fortunate to be around great people," Lineburg said.
Lineburg is fiercely loyal to Radford, which has not enjoyed a winning season since the Bobcats captured the Region C Division 2 championship in 2003.
He expects to be a familiar face on Radford's campus.
"I just never have liked the word 'retire,'" Lineburg said. - Norman G. Lineburg: A Living Legend Is Honored, 7 Aug 2004 [cached]
Norman G. Lineburg: A Living Legend Is Honored
Norman G. Lineburg: A Living Legend Is Honored
However, Norman G. Lineburg received the biggest honor of his legendary coaching career Saturday night when the Radford City School Board officially dedicated the playing field inside Bobcat Stadium as the Norman G. Lineburg Field.
More than 200 Bobcat faithful, including former and current players and coaches, as well as other coaches from throughout the area gathered to honor Lineburg.With threatening skies and lightning in the background, school officials moved the event inside following the National Anthem sung by Whitney King and Kaitlin McCue.
"Frequently local governments, school boards and colleges will honor individuals by naming a building, a park, or a field in honor of someone that has past away and that person never has an opportunity to find out how the community feels about them," said Radford Mayor Tom Starnes."Tonight, the school board is doing it right by naming this field the Norman G. Lineburg Field while you still have plenty of time to enjoy this prestigious honor."
The naming of the field came about earlier in the summer when the Radford School Board voted to name the field in honor of Lineburg after being approached by the RHS Athletic Booster Club.
" Norman has been such an influence on so many Radford athletes, it is almost hard to describe the impact he has had," said former School Board Vice-Chairman Carter Effler in an earlier interview."His example, his sense of fair play - he has a real sense of integrity that makes him such a fine man and someone who you are happy to put your trust in.That sense of fair play, of never cheating to try to get a win has really characterized Radford athletics and that is to his credit."
Retired Salem head coach Willis White, Va. Tech head coach and former Radford assistant Frank Beamer, Steve Ragsdale (Giles), Jim Hickman (Northside), retired Pulaski County head coach Joel Hicks and Floyd County's Winfred Beale, were just of the few coaches that came out to honor a man that has won two state football championships, six regional crowns and 11 district titles in his stellar career.
Not only has Lineburg bought two state football titles to Radford, but he also coached the Bobcats to the state Group A track and field championship in 1998.
"Track is a love of mine also," said Lineburg.
Lineburg first came to Radford in 1970 after starting his coaching career as an assistant at Andrew Lewis High School in 1959.In 1962 he coached at William Byrd High School and then started the varsity program at Fieldale-Collinsville in 1965.
Ironically, Lineburg and now-retired Salem head football coach Willis White applied for the top spot at Radford.
"I applied for this job the same year that Norman did," said the legendary White."I backed out because an opening was becoming available at Patrick Henry at the time.I have always loved Radford and Norman."
As Lineburg mingled amongst the gathering like a politician at a political rally, you could see the well-loved coach shaking hands, posing for pictures and kissing babies.
"The things that I believe in the most as a coach came from Norm," said Frank Beamer, who was an assistant under Lineburg at Radford for two years."Treating people right, being respectable to your players, being what you are.I learned all of that from Norm."
As the evening continued, a host of speakers in the likes of David DeHart (class of 74), Bill "Skipper" King (Class of 72), Dr. Nick Pappas (coach Lineburg's teammate at Shepherd College, Gary Tilley (RHS Athletic Booster Club president), Wayne Pridgen (RHS coach) and several others roasted Lineburg.
"A gentleman, a motivator, a great husband, father and a grandfather, a mentor, a great coach, a true friend," were comments echoed by several of the speakers throughout the evening.
After several speeches by former players and coaches, Karen Gerlach, Radford School Board Chairperson, and Dr. Minnie Dean, past chairman of the school board, presented the official resolution in naming the field to coach Lineburg and his wife, Joann, in front of standing ovation that lasted several minutes.
"I don't know how to say this…let me just say thanks," said Lineburg.
Lineburg's speech was lined with thank-yous and memorable highlights about his 34 years at Radford.
One of the remarks that brought a roar from the crowd was when Lineburg stated that the leading rusher in Bobcat history was his wife, Joann."She has ran up and down those sidelines as much as I have," he said.
Lineburg continued on about the great stories and memories in Bobcat history he has experienced over the years from players giving it all to win ball games, to the tough practices they encountered, to individual problems on and off the field.
One of those stories Lineburg mentioned included an encounter with a cheerleader when he first came to Radford.
What has been Lineburg's philosophy been over his six decades of coaching that has bought him and his teams so much fame?"Keep life simple.It doesn't need to be caught up in this hype that takes athletes in different directions, especially at the high school level," said Lineburg."Keep it simple, keep it fun and always make it so that it's never myself, never I, it's always we, it's always team, it's always family and to me that's what the whole deal is about.That's what you should take through life with you and tradition."
Also, Lineburg was not the only Bobcat to be recognized Saturday night, as the 2003-04 varsity athletes were honored with their Wachovia Cup pins.
Robert Lineburg, eldest son of venerated ..., 27 Oct 2007 [cached]
Robert Lineburg, eldest son of venerated retired Radford High athletic director and coach Norman Lineburg, will be introduced soon as the new Radford University athletic director.
Multiple sources who are familiar with the situation said the 39-year-old Lineburg is the university's man.
Lineburg, a former basketball coach at a number of colleges -- most recently Southern Methodist University -- has never been an athletic director.He was working in commercial real estate in Dallas when he landed the Radford job.
Lineburg succeeds Greig Denny at Radford.Denny announced his resignation as athletic director this past summer. - Coaching legend Lineburg announces retirement, 2 Aug 2006 [cached]
> After spending the past 36 years patrolling the sidelines at Radford High School, head football coach Norm Lineburg announced Monday evening that he would be retiring at the end of this season.
The legendary coach, who first started his career in 1959 as an assistant at Andrew Lewis, has a career record of 310-155-9 entering the 2006 season.Since becoming the top Bobcat in 1970, Lineburg has posted a 278-113-6 mark at Radford and won back-to-back Group AA state titles in 1971-72.
Earlier this summer, the 70 year-old coach was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, which is located in Branson, Mo. Lineburg served as the Radford athletic director through the 2002-03 school year.Also in 1996, he was inducted into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame.
In July of 2004, Radford High School and the city honored its long-time coach by naming the field at Bobcat Stadium the "Norman G. Lineburg Field."
Lineburg was one of those coaches who never wanted to take the credit or be in the headlines.On several occasions he told this reporter in interviews, "It's not about me. It's all about those young men who put on the black and gold every week and go out there and play their hearts out for their school and their community."
Lineburg is not only well respected by his players, but by the many coaches who have come in contact with him either on or off the playing the field.
"I have the utmost respect for Norm," said Cromer.
The one thing that both coaches also had to say about Lineburg was, "He was a fierce competitor on the field.
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