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Smith and Geiman named to VHSL Hall Of Fame

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Robert Smith and Steve Geiman were both named to the Virginia High School Hall Of Fame Monday at the Double Tree Hotel in Albemarle County.

The late, Robert Smith led Burley High School to 4 state championships in football and also 28 straight wins from 1955-1958.

Smith's 1956 Burley football team not only won the state championship but they didn't allow a single point.

Burley High School was designed to serve the black students from both Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Monday, the chairman of the Burley Varsity Club, James Hollins accepted the honor on Smith's behalf. Hollins said, "He really set the benchmark real high for Burley when he became to coach. He's just a great guy. Today they call them mentors but he was a father image to a lot of young men."

Wilson Memorial's Steve Geiman also got inducted.

Geiman has been coaching track and field at Wilson for 43 years.

He has been the Group A state track meet director for the last 14 years and has organized over 80 post-season cross country, indoor and outdoor track meets during his tenure.

Geiman said, "It is very humbling. It's a tremendous award. This is one of the awards that is probably the pinnacle of the state of Virginia as far as high school coaches and contributors go - so it is a very prestigious award and I am very honored to be a part of that."

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