Hard work, dedication lead to Mobley’s 400th career win at Warner Robins

Sun News correspondentJanuary 22, 2014 

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Warner Robins High girls basketball coach Tom Mobley huddles his team this season in a game against Jones County.

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Warner Robins High School girls basketball coach Tom Mobley picked up his 400th career victory with a win over Americus-Sumter two weeks ago. All the wins have come since he took over as head of the Demons program in 1991.

“It’s a testament to Coach Mobley’s hard work, dedication and loyalty to the school,” Warner Robins Athletics Director Bryan Way said. “He’s very passionate about what he does, and he always has the kids’ best interest at heart. He’s an outstanding man, a fine Christian, and we’re lucky to have him, that’s for sure.”

Mobley found success almost immediately as he improved his win total each of his first two seasons before leading the Demons to just one point shy of the final four in his third year.

He won 27 games in year five and took Warner Robins to the state finals.

“More than anything he’s able to adapt his style of play to fit his players,” Way said. “There have been years when we had really good post players, and he ran an offense to accommodate their ability, and then at times we’ve been small and quick, so he ran a pressing type of defense to set up the offense. The ability to adjust what he does to best fit his talent is the sign of an outstanding coach.”

A native of Abbeville, Ala., Mobley moved to Warner Robins after graduating from Auburn University and taught at C.B. Watson Primary and Rumble Middle School before accepting a position with the Demons.

Mobley volunteers his team with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and also helped coach football until 2000.

More recently he has fulfilled a childhood dream and joined the SportsMic Radio Network as the football play-by-play announcer for the Demons.

“Mike Davis asked me to do radio, and now I’m the play-by-play guy for Warner Robins football, so I still feel like I’m a part of the football program,” Mobley said. “That’s been a blessing. Growing up in Abbeville, Ala., the first thing that I wanted to do was be a sports announcer.

“We have a great administration, and I love working for (Way),” Mobley said. “Our athletic director is as good as gold. We have great kids, and I enjoy the relationships. I feel like you can talk to them as a young adult and have an influence over their life. I also enjoy doing Fellowship of Christian Athletes.”

Several of Mobley’s former basketball players have gone on to serve as assistants on his coaching staff, and he has even coached the children of former players. Despite all of his accomplishments on the court, his focus has remained on the long term well-being of his athletes.

“I really love looking up and seeing them be successful later in life,” Mobley said. “A lot of my former players are friends on Facebook, and they’re raising families, working and contributing to society. That’s the bottom line goal. Hopefully, I’ve helped a few girls along the way to become successful citizens.”

As he heads toward the end of his career, Mobley falls back on his faith for guidance in determining his future.

He acknowledges retirement could be just around the corner, but his legacy at Warner Robins won’t soon be forgotten.

“I’ve asked the good Lord to close a door that he wants closed and to open a door that he wants opened, so I’m taking it one year at a time,” Mobley said. “We’ll see where that leads. I have two kids in college and a wife that’s a cancer survivor. After next year it could be that we move back home to Alabama or back to my wife’s hometown in Florida, but it’s completely in the good Lord’s hands.”

Contact Ryan Jordan at rjordan398@gmail.com.

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