Norman Lineburg leads practice at Radford High School on July 31.
will coach one more season of high school football bringing to a close a career that began at Andrew Lewis in 1959.
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
...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.
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
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
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
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
...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
...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
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