Bond to be honored

Published 10:01 am Thursday, October 22, 2009

WINDSOR – Friday night will be a special evening in the history of Bertie High School.

During halftime of the Falcons’ Northeastern Coastal Conference contest with First Flight High School, Bertie will take time to officially dedicate the football stadium in honor of the late Roy L. Bond Jr.

Bond, who coached the Falcons for a dozen years, is the all-time winningest coach in school history and is the only Head Football Coach to win a state championship. The coach won two – the school’s first title in 1995 and another in 2000. He was honored five times as Coach of the Year.

BHS Athletic Director Marvin Rankins said the night will be an important one not only for those who knew and loved Bond, but also for those who are younger.

“I think this will be a great time for those of us who knew and loved Coach to remember him and for those who are younger to learn what he meant to Bertie County in general and Bertie High School in particular,” Rankins said. “This will be a special time when we remember his legacy.”

Rankins said the ceremony would be a time to reflect on the accomplishments of Bond.

“I think this is very important and something we are certainly proud to be part of,” the AD said. “Coach Bond achieved so much not only on the football field, but in the classroom. He was so well respected by the young men whose lives he touched over the years.”

During the halftime ceremony, a sign will be unveiled officially naming the stadium in Bond’s honor. There will also be former players on hand to participate in the event.

Willie Roberson, who was both Bond’s successor and the Defensive Coordinator of the two state championship teams, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Kickoff for the event is slated for 7:30 p.m.