Robert Ralph "Coach" Crockett
September 1, 1932 – March 22, 2020
Robert Ralph Crockett, also known as the inspiring "Coach Crockett," passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020, surrounded by his family. Ralph Crockett was born into a large, loving family of nine brothers and two sisters in the town of Crocketts’ Cove in Tazewell County, Virginia. He earned his Bachelor's Degree at The University of Lynchburg in 1954, and later went on to earn his Master's in 1956 at the University of Tennessee.
Coach Crockett was named the basketball coach at Tucker High School when the school opened in 1962. He was also the athletic director for 10 years. He coached the basketball team until 1984. “Coach” started his career in 1956 in Radford, Virginia, and later moved to Henrico County where he would serve about 25 years in the public school system. He left his mark on many schools such as Freeman High School, Hermitage High School, Tuckahoe Junior High, and most importantly J.R. Tucker High School. He will be remembered as the most successful basketball coach in Tucker school history. He led the team to multiple district championships, and in 1974 Coach Crockett led the Tucker Tigers to win the Colonial District regular season championship and the Colonial District tournament championship as well. In 1976, Crockett led the Tigers to the school’s best ever 21-3 record and Colonial District Regular Season Championship. In 1999, he was inducted into the J.R. Tucker Hall of Fame.
The secret to Coach Crockett’s successful career was his love for the game and his love for teaching, and many believe that Coach Crockett would have worked for free. He was by far one of the most remarkable and most successful teachers to ever teach in the public school system.
After retiring from Henrico County, Coach Crockett went on to teach and coach basketball at Tavares High in Tavares, FL. He then moved back to Richmond to start his own courier service, ® alpha Courier. He enjoyed traveling the eastern United States for several years until he finally retired and focused his attention on his family: his wife, Elizabeth Crosby Crockett; 3 sons, Randy, Nick, and Charlie; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Ralph Crockett will be remembered as the generous, God-loving man who could make you laugh. He was always there to lend a helping hand in any way that he could. He had a love and talent for gardening perfect azaleas and the best tomatoes you would ever see, making the most delicious fried chicken and gravy you could ever taste, and taking anyone with him who shared his love for fishing. Not only that, but Coach Crockett had a love for the Virginia Tech Hokies like no other.
Robert Ralph Crockett will be missed dearly by friends and family alike and will hold a special place in the hearts of many forever.
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Robert Ralph "Coach" Crockett
March 28, 2020
Coach Crockett was my 9th grade gym teacher at Tucker High School. He was such a kind and sweet man. His smile couldn't help but make a bad day better. I remember in gym we would rotate sports. I was never the athletic type. I was more the girl who did not want to break a sweat. I thought PE would be a good time to let others participate while I chatted with friends. Being a girl Coach Crockett never raised his voice at me but did encourage me to try. Right to this day I am still far from athletic but with his smile and encouragement I did try that year. Now he never encouraged me to try out for any team sports (he was a smart man after all) but he did get this chatty unmotivated girl to get up and try. In many ways he taught me much through the course of that year. He did it in a way that motivated and not belittled me. Many teachers get frustrated or are unkind when you don't meet the mark. But not Coach Crockett. He encouraged and that left a mark on my life. It taught me even if I did not particularly like something to at least try to give it my best and don't just give up!
Thank you coach for that life lesson that has been of lifetime value to me. You were one of a kind and will be deeply missed. People like you make this world a better place!
March 27, 2020
my family and I lived across the street on homeview dr. and that's how I first met coach and randy. And like johnny Edwards said, coach ran the summer league and the rec rooms.....I also sold many a cokes from his office. I believe I stil owe lester dale one. So many childhood memories of coach crockett right through graduation from JRT. One story I have is that I had a lunch pass from mr. doyle to go home for lunch and coach woul monitor the side road from homeview to the jrt lots. I left my pass at home and after pleading my case to my long time bud, he got a good laugh and yet still sent me to the office !......by the book, right randy ?
March 26, 2020
Mr crockett you will be greatly missed. Such a kind man. You had so many kids and people who loved and respected you. Fly high coach.
March 25, 2020
I first met Coach Crockett about 50 years ago. He ran a summer basketball league when I was about 8-10 years old and opened the gym each day so the neighborhood kids could get off the street and have some recreation. When the leagues occupied the main gym floor, he put table games in the health classroom and sold soda from the office for those of us who were too young to compete. None of us had any money, so we rotated selling sodas in exchange for soda credits. I remember that half door, and spending my time selling sodas in that office. We played pool and ping pong, and practiced our shooting in the little gym in the back. He is the reason I played sports. I remember the first ping pong tournament he set up, and I won the first place trophy - my very first trophy of any kind. Throughout my entire childhood through high school, he was an inspiration to my life. We will miss you Coach! Say hi to my sister Donna.
March 25, 2020
Coach Crocket was the type of man that was always there for you, and always wanting you to excel in your academics as well as sports. Most of all he always wanted us to excel in our life and what ever course we would take in life.
God Bless you Coach and rest in piece . My prayers and thoughts are with you and family!
Retired Deputy Sheriff