Robert Hughes (basketball)

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Robert Hughes Sr. (born May 15, 1928 in Bristow, Oklahoma, United States) is the United States' all-time winningest high school basketball coach. From 1973 to 2005, he coached at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in the Fort Worth, Texas Independent School District. He previously coached at I.M. Terrell High School in Fort Worth (an all-black high school) during segregation. After segregation ended and I.M. Terrell was shut down, Mr. Hughes began coaching at Dunbar. Combined, he won five state basketball titles. He retired as the all-time winningest high school basketball coach with 1,333 wins, passing Morgan Wootten in 2003. "If you can't work hard and put out the best, you probably need to go home to your mama," Hughes was known for telling his players. Hughes attended Texas Southern University and was drafted by the Boston Celtics. His son, Robert Hughes Jr., is the current coach at Dunbar High School. He has two daughters. One, the Rev. Carlye Hughes, is rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. Another, Robin Hughes, is a professor and executive associate dean in the School of Education at Indiana University. Hughes Sr.'s wife of 57 years, Jacquelyne Sue Hughes, died in 2014. Hughes Sr. was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on March 31, 2017. He lives in Fort Worth.


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