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AHS boys to start season, Robertson’s 36th

Andalusia boys basketball coach Richard Robertson will be entering his 36th season as the head basketball coach at AHS, and there isn’t any indication that he’s slowing down anytime soon, especially when the 2010-11 season is about to get under way.

For the better part of a year, and since the finals of the Class 4A South Regional tournament last February, Robertson has been making plans.

The Bulldogs will enter this season with a few players short due to the football playoffs. Despite that, Robertson said he will press on.

“Whenever the time comes, we’re going to suit up and do the best we can do,” he said. “I’ve already gone back, and made out my plan. I’ve already got the game plan where we played the last five ball games and put those in (for this season).”

Robertson said he is doing this to keep the current players on the team on the same page leading into the season opener against Luverne on Nov. 11.

Robertson enters his 36th season as the basketball coach at AHS, and his 46th year as a coach.

In 1965, he graduated from Alabama State University, where he played football for three years and basketball for one. Ever since then, Robertson has been at the helm of the program.

This season, Robertson will help lead the Bulldogs in Class 4A, Area 3 play. In their area, the Bulldogs will be in contests against county rival Straughn, Headland and Ashford.

On the season overall, Robertson said he’s going to treat it like the other 35 seasons in his career.

“We’re going to take it one game at a time,” he said. “We don’t have a graduated schedule. We’re going to have to start off tough.

“That’s all right if you expect to do anything, and we’ve got to play the best we’ve got to play,” he said.

Andalusia coach Richard Robertson enters his 36th season as head boys basketball coach for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs’ first game is Nov. 11. | File photo