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Norman Lineburg

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Virginia High School Hall of Fames

Employment History

  • Lame-Duck Coach
  • Head Coach
    Radford High School
  • Athletic Director
    Radford High School
  • Football Coach
    Radford High School
  • School Board Chairperson
  • Athletic Director and Coach
  • Assistant
  • Athletic Director
  • Coach
  • Head Coach
    William Byrd
  • Assistant Coach
    Andrew Lewis
  • Radford 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.
Torrence can join Norman ..., 14 Dec 2013 [cached]
Torrence can join Norman Lineburg (Radford), Bob Williams (Parry McCluer), David Crist (Blacksburg), Bob Christmas (Jefferson Forest) and Stephen Magenbauer (Salem) as Timesland coaches who have won multiple VHSL titles at the same school.
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.
When Norman Lineburg retired ..., 12 Feb 2011 [cached]
When Norman Lineburg retired as Radford High School's football coach in 2006, his longtime friend Allen Hall decided that two tickets to a Notre Dame football game would make a nice retirement gift.
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