“Robby” Rhinehart of Jeffersonville High School Wrestling, passes away last Wednesday morning.
Robert P. “Robby” Rhinehart, III 34, of New Albany, Indiana died Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany, Indiana. He was born March 1st, 1975 in South Charleston, West Virginia, the son of Robert P. Rhinehart , Jr. and Karen (Smith) Rhinehart. Robby was married Juley 16, 2002 to Melissa M. (Hammon) Rhinehart, who survives. Bio
Coach Rhinehart started his wrestling career at the George Washington (GW) High School Junior wrestling program in Charleston, WV at the age of 10. In high school, Coach Rhinehart was a two time West Virginia state tournament qualifier, as a Junior at 189 pounds (only weighed 161) and as a Senior at 160 pounds. GW finished 7th in West Virginia both of those seasons. Upon graduation there in 1993, Coach Rhinehart walked on to the West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) Cross-Country team and was elected Captain as a Senior. After Graduating from WVWC in December 1997, Coach Rhinehart was hired to teach math at Middletown High School in Middletown Maryland. Coach Rhinehart taught and coached wrestling there for 4 years, while starting a Cross-Country program at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Coach then accepted a teaching job at Brunswick Middle School in Brunswick, Maryland, while helping take over a new wrestling program at the high school in its’ 3rd year. After going 3-23 it’s first 2 seasons, Brunswick High School posted a 12-6 duel record that season. Then for two years, Coach Rhinehart taught and coached Freestyle Wrestling at Nile C. Kinnick High School in Yokosuka, Japan winning the Far East Championships in his 2nd year there. Coach Rhinehart found his way back to teaching and coaching at Brunswick High School, while coaching Terry Bartholomew (125 lbs.) to his 4th Frederick County title, 1st Region title and runner-up in the state of Maryland (defeating a 3-time Maryland state champion at regionals). From there Coach Rhinehart started teaching and coaching in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Coach Rhinehart served as the Indiana State Wrestling Associations (ISWA) Women’s National Team coach the last 2 summers leading them to a 7th place finish in the nation with 4 all-Americans, and coaching Becky Cissel to a pre-season national championship. As an ISWA member Coach Rhinehart also coached 2 Indiana Folkstyle National teams and a Cultural Exchange team to Japan. As assistant coach at Jeffersonville High School, they won their first 2 sectional titles in 15 years and their first conference title this past season in over 25 years. Coach Rhinehart had over 15 semi-state qualifiers and conference champions while at Jeffersonville High School. He was a Team Jeff wrestling club coach winning club of the year 1 time, and being named a “Gold Medal” Club by USA Wrestling this past season, and coached Parkwood elementary’s team winning the elementary league title. When he left Jeffersonville this past week, they had built the program to over 350 k-12 wrestlers. A USA Wrestling Bronze Certified Coach, Coach Rhinehart was also a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at all the schools that he worked with, even starting the “W”FCA at Jeffersonville for their wrestling club and high school teams. Besides wrestling Coach Rhinehart also served as the head cross country coach at Jeffersonville High School. What the man was about:
Coach Rhinehart believed that athletics were an avenue to an education and a way for him to promote god’s ministry through the bond you feel as athlete’s. Coach Rhinehart did not care about awards, or recognition. The day before he passed he requested to be moved to coach at the middle school so he could make an impact by meeting kids at a younger age for the Jeff Wrestling Program. Coach Rhinehart had more goals in his life than most men. Such as coaching a team state title, riding his bike to work more days than he drove, or visiting all 7 continents, in which he visited 5. He had a goal of having every kid on the Jeffersonville High School Wrestling team be a multi-sport athlete, which was almost accomplished last season when 13 of 14 starters were. But his real goal was to spread the word of god to all those he met, as evident by the small gold cross ear-ring that he always wore. Coach Rhinehart became known as the “Underdog’s” coach, as he chose to work with the beginners, and “not so gifted” creating some of the best wrestlers in school history. But the biggest impact he had was on the number of kids that you would see kneeling down around the mat, and in the locker room before the match. Not to ask for wins, but to pray for safe competition for them and their opponent.
“Coach Rhinehart taught me what it means to be a real Christian, to accomplish things with your life daily, and that wrestling is only an avenue to gaining brotherhood with others, said Jeffersonville High School Head Wrestling Coach, Danny Struck. “At times in my life that I couldn’t tell if we made a difference as teachers or coaches anymore, he made me re-think it. The hardest thing in my life I have ever done as a coach was tell “the kids” about Coach Rhinehart’s passing. When you saw the look in their eyes, and the hugs going through the room, you knew that this man’s life, and lives of all teachers and coaches are truly meaning full.” “Coach Rhinehart accomplished more, and lived more fully everyday in 34 years then most people do in 64. I will miss my assistant, my morning workout partner, and my friend. But in his death I have truly now gained a spiritual leader, as he taught me to, and left me feeling god’s presence more than any other person could have.”
Coach Rhinehart was laid to rest this past Sunday afternoon in Charleston West Virginia near his family. Most appropriately he did as he always did, he honored his wrestlers. The wrestling community received their biggest honor ever by laying to rest a man wearing a Jeff Wrestling hat, and Jeff Wrestling Jacket. “That was the biggest honor me, or my athlete’s, have ever received by any man. Even in his death, he keeps teaching us.” Coach Struck. Scholarship fund:
A scholarship will be set up in his name with the Team Jeff Wrestling Club, for more information you can e-mail email@example.com
or mail contributions to
Jeffersonville High School Wrestling
2315 Allison Lane
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Proverbs 18:24: There are friends that pretend to be friends, but there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
ATHLETE AND STUDENT AND PARENT COMMENTS:
You were the one who truly inspired me to become a teacher. I will never forget the time you called my parents after class- to tell them how great I was doing. My parents never had a phone call like that. I decided I wanted to be "that" kin...d of teacher. You will always be an inspiration to me. Thank you so much. God bless you and your family.
Nancy Ross Schremp
Words can't express how much Robbie meant to Jordan and our family. Not only was he a great coach, but a true friend and mentor. What a positive impact he made. I know you'll be in he's corner through he's wrestling career.
Coach Rhinehart, we are at a loss for words. You were so much more than a coach to Little Alonzo and the rest of us. Your energy was amazing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. You will be greatly missed!!
Robby was my teacher, coach, mentor, and friend. He was truly an incredible person who will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. If you think he has made a positive impact while with us, one can only imagine how great a job he will do serving the Lord now.comes in knowning he is home with he's Lord, and that he watchs over us now. Until we meet again.