Home of 13 state titles in Boys Basketball there are few programs with the history of Martinsville High School.
The two in 1980 and 81 came with current Head Coach Jeff Adkins playing for the Bulldogs. Now after 20 years at the nearby The Carlisle School, he’s in the second season back home.
“The opportunity [to coach at Martinsville] came up a couple of years ago and I don’t know if in the back of my mind or what but I always wanted to coach at home,” said Adkins. “I went here and it’s been a great two years for me. This has been a rewarding experience.”
As Adkins hopes 2014 brings the Bulldogs a 14th State Title, this year marks a special anniversary for the Head Coach.
30 years ago Adkins was a part of Maryland's basketball team that beat Duke in the ACC Championship game, giving the Terps Head Coach Lefty Driesell his lone ACC Championship.
Adkins said, “We beat Duke. I had a great college career and loved playing at Maryland. It was great to give Lefty his lone ACC Championship.”
The Bulldog Head Coach played alongside some ACC greats and gets asked about his glory days by the kids he leads onto the hardwood every night.
“I’m always asked how was Michael Jordan? How was guarding Michael Jordan? I said well Michael Jordan had to guard me too,” added Adkins.
Martinsville fell in the 2A West Finals to Dan River so they’ll go on the road for their State Semi-Final game hoping to bring home a 14th State Championship trophy.