Elkins was a legendary coach

Last updated: April 28. 2014 11:57PM - 580 Views
Ron Gregory ronjgregory@gmail.com

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God has not created a better man and finer example of leadership than Charles Everett Elkins. Coach Elkins passed away Wednesday, April 23, at Hubbard Hospice House in his hometown of Hamlin. Charlie Elkins personified Hamlin and the former Hamlin High School as nobody else has ever done. His automobile license plate, “HAMLIN” said it all.

Well, it said at least SOME of it. There is no way a license plate could convey the fairness, wisdom and strength Charlie Elkins displayed during his 85 years on earth. His loss is a tremendous blow to Hamlin, Lincoln County and the basketball world in general.

He was first and foremost an educator and coach. But he was also a living legend to his former players, fans, friends and family. His two sons, Bill and Chuck Elkins, became outstanding high school coaches in their own right and often displayed the qualities that made their father not only a great coach but a fantastic human being.

He served as head basketball coach at Hamlin High for 32 years and was its principal for five. He coached two HHS teams to the state runner-up position in boys basketball. He was a 1952 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, a member of the Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame and namesake for the WV Wesleyan Charles Elkins Alumni Award.

Charlie was a devout member of the Hamlin United Methodist Church and one of the strongest members of the Hamlin Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Black Elkins; as well as his two coaching sons; a brother; as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

When entered into eternal rest, the world lost an outstanding inhabitant of this earth. I will always cherish some of the great stories and anecdotes he thrilled me with over the years.

Coach Charlie, RIP.

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Those who simply cannot understand why Marshall University would “settle” for Dan D’antoni, older brother of the coveted Mike D’antoni, should stop to consider the situation. The elder brother has a winning coaching record and he is an MU graduate and legend.

Primarily, though, it seems to me Dan D’antoni was the logical choice after Marshall wasted six weeks waiting on the Los Angeles Lakers to fire Mike. Since they haven’t done that, about every other logical choice for the job had either gone elsewhere or decided to stay where he is.

On the other hand, Dan D’antoni may be a fabulous college coach. Who knows until we watch him? He will draw wayward fans to Henderson Center. And, just in case brother Mike, the super star, becomes available by way of being fired from the Lakers next year, Dan D’antoni is probably the only coach the Herd could have hired who will gladly step aside to let his brother take over.

All in all, then, it makes sense. Let’s hope Dan D’antoni is a winner himself.

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