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Robert E. “Bob” Stevens photo
Robert E. “Bob” Stevens photo
Robert E. “Bob” Stevens
Hometown: McComb, MS
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Coach Robert “Bob” Stevens was a championship football coach at Pass Christian, Meadville, Central, and Murrah High Schools. Coach Stevens was born in McComb and was a four-sport letterman in football, basketball, boxing, and track at Hazlehurst High. He was a two-way All State football player at Copiah Lincoln Junior College from 1944-46 and lettered at Southern Miss from 1947-48. Bob was named to the Southern Miss All-Century team in 2000. He began his coaching career in 1948. Coach Stevens coached football at Pass Christian in 1949 and at Meadville from 1950-55. His greatest coaching victories came during his tenure as head football coach at Central High in Jackson from 1955 to 1971 and at Murrah High from 1971 to 1976. He also served as head basketball coach at Central from 1955 to 1960 and golf coach at Murrah from 1975-76. Bob led Central High to the City of Jackson football championship in 1962. He paced Central to post season bowl victories in the 1965 Hub City Bowl, and the 1968 & 1969 Mississippi Bow. Coach Stevens led the Central boys hoops team to the City of Jackson titles in 1956 and 1960, City and District Big Eight crowns in 1959, North Big Eight titles in 1958, 1959, and 1960 and the overall Big Eight State Championship in 1960. He coached the North All-Star championship team in 1966 in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic. He was named Big Eight football Coach of the Year in 1961 and served as President of the Big Eight Coaches Association from 1961-62. He was an accomplished amateur handball champion who was the first person to be inducted for the sport of handball into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He was inducted into the Southern Miss Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Copiah-Lincoln CC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.