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Long-Time Viking Wrestling Coach Ty Robbins Leaves Legacy: 'He Just Outworked Everybody'

By Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati Enquirer


After 30 years of coaching high school wrestling, including the last 18 seasons at Princeton High School, head wrestling coach Ty Robbins is hanging up his whistle for good. The veteran coach announced his retirement in a Facebook post Friday afternoon, March 23. 

"It was a very difficult decision. I've spent most of my life at a gym coaching somewhere," Robbins said. "It was time for me, though. I missed a lot of family time and gave up activities I wanted to pursue."

Through 30 years on the job, Robbins had three state runner-ups, 10 state placers, 34 state qualifiers and over 100 district qualifiers. 

All of those results didn't come without dedication to the program, something that Princeton assistant wrestling coach Aaron Gibson said Robbins showed more than anyone else in the city. 

"He is one of the most self-motivated workers I’ve ever seen. He’s the first one in the room and the last one out," said Gibson, who spent 14 seasons alongside Robbins with the Vikings. "He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen. I can’t think of anyone in Cincinnati who works harder."

Robbins' commitment extended into the offseason, too. His role as a father figure to those he coached helped build Princeton's program from the ground up and set him apart from other coaches. 

"He'd pick kids up and provide anything they needed on and off the wrestling mat," Gibson said. "Summertime, fall, preseason, kids would be at his house and he'd be taking kids to camp on his own free time. Not just superstars, either. It was every kid going to camp to have the opportunity to wrestle on the team. He's just a selfless individual and a father-figure. That's what made him a special coach." 

Robbins said, "I never wanted my kids to feel like they couldn't have the opportunities that other schools had. Because of that, I spent a lot of time fundraising trying to raise money so my kids would be able to experience those opportunities."

Robbins' legacy also includes the role of mentor. Especially to Gibson, who left Princeton for five years to be the head coach at Lebanon and would spend his mornings chatting with his former adviser. 

"I really leaned on him for advice. We traded stories and we had some heated matches against each other," Gibson said. "I always looked back and told myself if I could work half as hard as Ty did, I knew I was on the right track."