Author Dr. Robin L. Hughes and her father, retired Fort Worth coaching legend Robert Hughes, will be at the downtown Barnes and Noble at 2 p.m. Saturday to sign copies and promote the new 'screen-book', Victory Courts: The Story of Coach Robert Hughes and the PVIL I.M. Terrell Flying Panthers.
Dr. Hughes, an associate professor of education at Indiana University-Indianapolis, chronicles her father's upbringing on a farm in Sapulpa, Okla. to his historic 47-year coaching career which began at I.M. Terrell High School, a racially segregated school of the Prairie View Interscholastic League, to his time at Fort Worth Dunbar.
Coach Hughes, 84, holds the national high school boys basketball record for most wins in a career, finishing with a 1,333-264 record. He won five state titles -- three at I.M. Terrell (1963, '65, '67) and two with Dunbar (1993, 2003). Coach Hughes is a member of the National High School Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame and the Texas Southern University Hall of Fame.
Victory Courts, which can be purchased in paperback or in electronic form online at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com, focuses on Coach Hughes' experiences in a racially segregated southern society as an African-American citizen and coach. Dr. Hughes said this first version is a collection of stories written in the form of a screenplay.
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"This version was written for a general audience - someone from the sixth grade to an adult could read this version and then the version I'll write for the more academic crowd will look different," Robin Hughes said. "But these stories are bizarre."
Dr. Hughes added that there will be a reading and discussion of the book Saturday.
"I will be there and everybody who buys a book, I will sign it," Coach Hughes said. "They will know if somebody else signed it because if I sign it you can't read the handwriting anyway."
Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760