When reached by telephone Thursday afternoon, Robinson said it was just time for him to go home.
"I’m leaving awfully proud of my school," Robinson said. "I feel good about my career, I just think it was about time. I’ve had the good fortune to work for four outstanding principals."
"Bill Robinson is a friend, my relationship with his family goes back to when I was a kid," said Gordonsville High principal Mark Medley.
"You always knew when you played Watertown that you’d be in for a hard-hitting, clean game. His work ethic and preparation was second to none.
"He did a lot for Watertown High, things that might not have necessarily been the best for Bill Robinson at the time — but he stepped up more than once for those kids."
Robinson’s son-in-law Gavin Webster, who took over the Purple Tiger football program three years ago, reflected on the Robinson era.
"One thing for sure, people know what he stands for," Webster said, "he’s a worker and he believes people get better by working.
"He impacted a lot of lives on this end of the county, not just on the football field or the gym, but in the classroom."
Several years ago, then WHS principal Rick Martin spearheaded an effort to name the school football stadium in honor of the Robinson family.