Without much fanfare, the Wilson County Board of Education voted 5-0 during Monday night's meeting to transfer the name "Robinson Stadium" to the football facility at the new Watertown High set to open this fall.
Bill Robinson, longtime Purple Tiger coach / educator and present member of the school board, humbly abstained from voting.
Back in October of 2003 the present field at the soon-to-be-vacated Watertown High was named "Robinson Stadium" in recognition of the contributions of Bill Robinson and his late father - the legendary coach Brownie Robinson."
Many in the community thought bringing the name over from the old school to the new would be a simple formality, but several of Bill Robinson's former players and students launched an on-line petition just to make sure.
At the time of original naming in 2005, then-WHS principal Rick Martin said, "The Robinson Family name is as much a part of Watertown High as the purple uniforms our athletes wear".
Mark Medley, former Gordonsville and Lebanon High football coach, also praised the Robinsons.
"Mr. Brownie and Bill devoted their lives to high school football and had a great impact on the lives of young people," Medley said, "instilling discipline and the ethic of hard work."
Bill Robinson spent 23 years, in three different tenures, as head coach of the Watertown football program, going 143-105 record (a winning percentage of .575). His 1976 team at Watertown reached the semifinals of the Class A playoffs.
Brownie Robinson spent 11 years as the Tiger head man and compiled a record of 72-37-5 (.631).
During their tenures, the Robinsons coached not only football, but Brownie also coached girls' basketball, while Bill, at one time or another, coached both basketball teams, baseball and softball.