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Remembering Coach Robbie Rogers

If you are a local athlete there is a good chance at some point in time you were coached by Robbie Rogers. Rogers, age 45, died Monday, December 1, 2014 in the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah after a sudden illness. Rogers coached a variety athletes in a variety of sports. In recent years he was best known for the contributions he made in all phases of the Toombs County wrestling program. He coached both the Toombs County Middle School and High School wrestling teams and also was highly involved in the Toombs Kids Wrestling Program.

Robbie's visitation was attended by over 600 friends and family including a bus load of wrestlers from Dodge County. At his December 4, 2014 service, the Wggins Brothers sang "It Is Well With My Soul" and "Beulah Land". Bill Benton, a long time friend, spoke of Robbie's legacy. Not just his wrestling legacy, but the legacy he leaves in the community and with his family. Benton pointed out there was more to Robbie than just wrestling and sports.

Kevin Hill, another longtime friend, talked about the first time he met Robbie. It was way before son, J.D., became an athlete. Robbie asked if he could help with the football team and this lead to a long association with the Bulldogs. Robbie along with Brad Bell, who passed away in November of 2013, kept statistics and painted football fields and did what was ever needed.

Hill, who started the wrestling program at Toombs County High School, talked about the long term impact Robbie had on the Bulldogs. Rogers creation of the youth program helped set up the Dawgs for their long run of success. The program has produced numerous state champions and finished as high as third in the state on several occasions. Hill also talked about Robbie's love of barbequeing. Robbie participated in the Real Squeal in Lyons. He also mentioned that he and Robbie like beach music and that Robbie liked to shag dance with Denise. J.D. inherited that love of beach music and he performs with the legendary group the Swinging Medallions playing the saxaphone and singing and dancing.

Robbie's cousin, Reverend Moore closed the ceremony by talking about Robbie's love for his family and how proud he was of J.D.

Many who atteneded the serivce were dressed in orange to honor Robbie's love of the Auburn Tigers. The Toombs County wrestling team showed up in full force all dressed in Bulldog colors.

Coach Robbie also raised and coached one of the all time competitors in Toombs County wrestling progam. His son, J.D,. ended his fine high school career by winning a state championship in the Toombs County Middle School Gym. J.D. won the 195 pound division with a late third period pin of Clayton Thornbury from Murray County. Watch the match YouTube

 

J.D. Rogers wins his state championshp with a pin 

At the season-ending wrestling banquet Robbie and wife Denise received the Service Award for all they had done to support the Bulldog wrestlng team. Father and son then spent their last summer together competing with Team Georgia.

When J.D. was competing in Kids Wrestling, the two traveled around the state of Georgia competing in many events and J.D. won the championship belt. After high school J.D. signed with Brewton-Parker College and Robbie was in the process of starting a youth wrestling program in Mt. Vernon.

Coach Rogers sports knowledge wasn't just limited to wrestling. In the fall of 2013, J.D.'s senior eason, Robbie was an assistant coach on the Toombs County High School football staff working with the wide receivers. Rogers also coached cross country and track at TCHS. In addition Rogers coached Women's softball at Brewton Parker College, golf and football at Robert Toombs Christian Academy and a traveling baseball team, the Diamond Warriors- which was a summer all-star squad made up of players from local high schools

Road to J.D.'s State Title

 J.D. Rogers' 1st period pin at sectionals

 J.D. Rogers pins a Raider for Brad Bell

 J.D. Rogers pins a WL Raider

 J.D. qualifies for state as a sophomore

 
If you would like to add a tribute to this page whether it be a picture of a written salute please send to barney@toombsnow.com