Hall of fame basketball coach Robert Hughes dead at 96: Legendary Texan was winningest of all time in the high school ranks

  • Robert Hughes won five Texas state championships during his coaching career
  • He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame seven years ago 

Hall of Fame basketball coach Robert Hughes has died at the age of 96.

Hughes, a legendary high school basketball coach in Texas, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

He coached at I.M. Terrell High School from 1958-73 before moving on to Dunbar High School from 1973-2005, becoming the all-time winningest high school boys coach in the process (1,333 wins).

In a statement, The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame said it was ‘saddened’ by Hughes’ passing.  

‘Coach Hughes’ record of success at Fort Worth Dunbar is unparalleled, and he opened doors for Black athletes across Texas,’ the organization wrote on X. ‘His contributions to basketball will live on in the lives of the young men he coached and at the Naismith Hall of Fame.

Roberts Hughes was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017

Hughes won a total of five state championships and 35 district titles in the high school ranks.

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